For Immediate Release
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Newfoundland Balladeer Matthew Byrne Announces Northeastern US Tour Dates
April 17-28, 2015
St. John’s, NL– Next month, 2015 East Coast Music Award nominee, Matthew Byrne, is bringing his stunning new album, Hearts & Heroes, across the Northeastern United States for a string of exclusive solo performances. Byrne, recently labeled “one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in this country” by Canada’s folk music bible, Penguin Eggs Magazine, is eager to bring this ‘new’ collection of old songs to folk and traditional enthusiasts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Known to many as singer and bouzouki player of highly acclaimed trad band, The Dardanelles, Byrne has quickly earned his place as one of Atlantic Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He has toured nationally and internationally throughout the US, UK, and Australia.
“This is a really exciting tour for me,” says Byrne from his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “I’ve been down to the Northeastern US for several festivals, both solo and with The Dardanelles, but this will be my first proper solo tour. It’s an area that’s full of traditional music lovers as well as historical links with Newfoundland. I can’t wait to bring my new album to these audiences so I can share my stories and hear theirs as well.”
Following a family legacy of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne is strongly influenced by his unique musical lineage. He knows the tapestry of traditional songs equally weaves a great story with a beautiful melody. Stripped down, his live show offers powerful honesty, polished guitar work, masterful storytelling, and a voice that transports time, place, and oceans.
With songs that possess old world grace yet still sound fresh and new, Hearts & Heroes showcases Byrne at his finest. Produced by Billy Sutton in St. John’s, NL, this album combines traditional songs from Byrne’s family singing tradition with those he has sussed out himself from singers abroad. It is an album that translates seamlessly to the live stage, and is nominated at the upcoming East Coast Music Awards for Trad/Roots Solo Recording of the Year. It is an artfully crafted follow-up to his debut album Ballads, released in 2010.
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Matthew Byrne’s April Northeastern US dates:
Apr 17: Acoustic Artisans, Portland, MN
Apr 18: Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, Rosindale, MA
Apr 19: Crossroads Music, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 20: Folk Music Society of NY, Landmark Tavern, NY, NY
Apr 22: Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Silver Spring, MD
Apr 23: House Concert, 76 Spring Rock Rd, East Lyme, CT
Apr 25: New England Folk Festival, Melrose, MA
Apr 26: House Concert, 3 Griffin Rd, Epsom, NH
Apr 28: House Concert, Shelbourne, VT
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