Matthew Byrne comes from a musical family. Both his parents are fine singers and collectors of songs from various traditions.
His music has travelled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, Hearts & Heroes, receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.
Matthew’s third album, Horizon Lines, was released domestically in August of 2017 and in the UK on Tom Sweeney’s RootBeat label in May of 2018. That release was supported by the PR work of Lizzie Evans of Evan’s Above.
“It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT! Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.” ~ BRIAN O’DONOVAN, WGBH BOSTON
“Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country.” ~ 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 folk performer.” ~ TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC
“Matt’s interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin’ perfect.” ~ ALAN DOYLE
“A voice as true as a compass needle.” ~ JAMES KEELAGHAN