Date: November 29th, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm -
We are pleased to present award-winning traditional singer and guitarist Matthew Byrne for a very special live-streamed performance on November 29th at 8 pm NL time.
This show is part of a digital “tour” that Matthew is doing through the last week of November where he’ll be performing for audiences from California to the UK.
We’re encouraging audiences to send us requests and questions ahead of time for Matthew to make this performance as unique and interactive as possible.
“Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country.” — RODDY CAMPBELL, PENGUIN EGGS MAGAZINE
“His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital type of folk performer.” — TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC
Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly. His repertoire has been shaped by his musical upbringing and Byrne supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.
With parents who were both singers and song collectors and a strong family focus on sharing songs, Byrne has inherited a unique repertoire as well as a fascination with unearthing and reimagining traditional songs.
“I’m not a folklorist or ethnomusicologist, at least not officially. And I’m not a purist. I’ve poured over the nuances of the pub standards as much as the obscure murder balladry. What attracts me to a traditional song is the right combination of melody and language, both of which have always fascinated me.”
But Byrne is also a student of history whose love of traditional music goes well beyond the words and music. For him, songs are ways of understanding people before him…their lives, work, language, and worldview.
“I see songs as sources of the past – windows into my own family history. Traditional music has always been the most important tool for me to understand where I come from and who I am. My live performance is meant to bring audiences on a journey through the lineage of my repertoire and share what these songs have revealed to me.”