Matthew Byrne Sings of Newfoundland and Beyond

Matthew-Byrne_press2_300px.jpgBorn into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew Byrne has developed a repertoire that is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage – weaving a great story with a beautiful melody. Established as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices, Matthew Byrne comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond those rugged shores 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. I first heard him at the Old Songs Festival, where he kept the mainstage audience enthralled with his powerful vocals and polished guitar work. His second album, Hearts & Heroes, received Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

His most recent album, Horizon Lines, explores songs from both sides of the Atlantic. The album features an original ballad by Byrne called “Adelaide,” penned after discovering a fascinating family connection to a beautiful love story – “a traditional song just waiting to be written,” as he describes it.

For a sample of what you might hear at the concert, here’s Matthew singing “Barque in the Harbour,” unaccompanied, with the scenic Newfoundland coastline as a backdrop:

Visit to purchase your concert tickets, and save by purchasing in advance. You can now also purchase tickets to this and other upcoming concerts at Bop Shop Records near 12 Corners. The store is open until 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, so you can stop and get your tickets on the way to the sing-around, and there’s no service charge for using cash or check.

Keep on singing!

– Janice Hanson

Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.

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