For the Love of Song

Date: Thursday August 8th

At it’s core, folk music has always been about telling the stories of the people. Spreading the news.

Often it’s about finding tales long told and bringing them to new ears and sometimes it’s about telling those stories for the first time. At For the Love of Song three of folk’s finest storytellers will be bringing their mutual passion together for one very special evening.

*Please note, Folk Festival weekend passes do not include admission to this event and tickets for this show must be purchased separately.

Matthew Byrne


Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew Byrne’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.

Matthew is currently supporting his newest release, Horizon Lines – a collection of traditional material from both sides of the Atlantic that continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. This album won Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Having received this distinction for a second time, Matthew Byrne continues to establish himself as one of today’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

“Matthew Byrne sings with a voice as true as a compass needle and is a dab hand on his instruments as well. His “Ballads” is one of the finest english language traditional albums to come out in many a year.” ~ James Keelaghan