Matt's musical journey began when he received a brand new Yamaha
acoustic guitar at age 11. Within a few months we were experiencing the lyrics of Pink Floyd and the enthusiasm of a Grade 7 rock band in our basement. That was the start of an ongoing love affair with music and performing.
During school years Matt was busy as a part-time Ski Instructor/
Coach but he always found time for music, his #1 passion. As his talents developed his venues were larger and his popularity as a musician and vocalist grew.
We have watched him develop into a multi talented artist, playing guitar, banjo, ukulele, drums, mandolin and percussion as well as vocals.
He released his first solo record in 2004, featuring original songs on all of the above instruments. His new record, Shine, is to be released this summer.
An appealing facet of Matt's talent is his ability to adapt vocally and instrumentally to many different styles of music - as diverse as his own heritage [Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Polish].
He has traveled in Canada and the U.S. with the Smokers, a highly rated ska band, and with Zabava, one of the best polka bands in North America.
He recently toured Ireland and England as a drummer with Ox, a west coast folk/rock band. At home, in Sudbury Ontario, he has regular gigs at The Townehouse Tavern as a solo artist and with a variety of bands featuring Reggae, Bluegrass, Rock and Surf music. Matt has also been a frequent performer at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal and Summerfest Festivals in Sudbury. He continues to write and to experiment with other styles and instruments.
Over 20 years later, he still carries his well-worn Yamaha acoustic guitar and loves to "jam" with his Dad and entertain friends and family at home. We have to admit that guitar was a great investment! We thank you for all the years of pleasure that your music has brought us and look forward to your continued success on the music scene.
Matt's Mom & Dad