Tour recap, Spring shows, & Summer festivals.

Well now! What a brilliant run of shows through the Maritimes and Northeastern US in April. My first solo tour down through the States and it was just awesome. The warmest welcomes from the best trad fans you’ll find anywhere. Great nights sharing stories and songs with great audiences….I was really overwhelmed. Thanks so very much to everyone who came, said hello, sang along, bought CDs, and helped spread the word. I already have plans for more shows in the New England states in August so stay tuned for that as I’ll be posting details very soon.

I’m enjoying some home time now as Spring finally decides to happen in NL. Heading to a really awesome festival on the West Coast of the island next week. It’s called the Trails, Tales, & Tunes Festival and it takes place in beautiful Norris Point. Have a look here for all the info.

In mid-June I do a 10-day residency in beautiful Battle Harbour. I’ll be playing a series of concerts in ‘The Loft’ to kick of the season there. It’ll be my first time in the area and I’m pretty excited to take it all in. Battle Harbour has become quite the scenic and culinary hot spot over the last few years. Can’t wait!

Then the Summer festival season kicks into gear. I’m doing some solo and some with The Dards. I’ve posted a few on the tour page and there’s more to be added shortly. I love folk festivals so very much. If you’re at any of the ones I’m playing, please come say hello!

Happy Spring!

More soon,

April Tour Dates Announced for Atlantic Canada & Northeastern US

Next month, 2015 East Coast Music Award nominee, Matthew Byrne, is bringing his stunning new album, Hearts & Heroes, to select venues in Atlantic Canada before heading south for a string of shows in the Northeastern United States. Byrne, recently labeled “one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in this country” by Canada’s folk music bible, Penguin Eggs Magazine, is eager to bring this ‘new’ collection of old songs to folk and traditional enthusiasts in Halifax, Charlottetown and Saint John.

"The ECMAs will kick off a very exciting run of shows through the Maritimes and the Northeastern US,” says Byrne from his home in St. John’s. “It will be great to bring the new album to these awesome rooms. I've played some of them with The Dardanelles, but most will be first-time visits and I can't wait!"

Following a family legacy of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne is strongly influenced by his unique musical lineage. He knows the tapestry of traditional songs equally weaves a great story with a beautiful melody. Stripped down, his live show offers powerful honesty, polished guitar work, masterful storytelling, and a voice that transports time, place, and oceans.

Known to many as singer and bouzouki player with highly acclaimed trad band, The Dardanelles, Byrne has quickly earned his place as one of Atlantic Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He has toured nationally and internationally throughout the US, UK, and Australia.

With songs that possess old world grace yet still sound fresh and new, Hearts & Heroes showcases Byrne at his finest. Produced by Billy Sutton in St. John’s, NL, this album combines traditional songs from Byrne’s family singing tradition with those he has sussed out himself from singers abroad. It is an album that translates seamlessly to the live stage, and is nominated at the upcoming East Coast Music Awards for Roots/Trad Solo Recording of the Year.  It is an artfully crafted follow-up to his debut album Ballads, released in 2010.

Visit the tour page for concert info >

Matthew Byrne & Sherman Downey - Winter Island Tour (February-March 2015)

I'm so very excited to announce that myself and Sherman Downey are joining forces for a duo tour throughout NL in February-March. We're combining our styles and repertoires for a very cool evening of songs, stories, and a few laughs and we're pumped to bring it around the island.

We've made a dedicated website for the tour, which has all of the dates and info:

Much more info to come over the next few weeks!

February shows in MB, SK, AB.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the holidays were relaxing and delightfully gluttonous...I know mine were. I have very busy Winter of touring coming up and some exciting shows to announce. I start the year with a Home Routes house concert tour through Manitoba and Saskatchewan on the "Borealis Trail." This is my second Home Routes run and I love these shows...very cozy and intimate, such amazing people, and a great way to really connect with folk audiences. When that's done I have a few more Western Canadian shows:

  • Feb 12 - Grass Roots, Regina
  • Feb 15 - The Bassment, Saskatoon
  • Feb 16 - The Ironwood, Calgary
  • Feb 17 - Mercury Room, Edmonton

After that I'm teaming up with my good buddy Sherman Downey for a duo tour around Newfoundland in March. We are blending our styles and putting a very cool show together. More details to come very soon!

Christmas shows!

Two very fun Christmas shows this year in St. John's. The first is at the beautiful LSPU Hall - "A Time in the Old Hall" on December 16 & 17 with myself and the Stage-to-Stage reciters (Dave Penny, Harry Ingram, Dave Paddon, and Hubert Furey). I love what these guys are doing and I think it's just brilliant to see a revived interest and appreciation for the NL recitation. For tickets, visit or call the Hall box office, or buy online here.

And then it's "The Fourth Day of Christmas" with The Dardanelles at The Bella Vista (presented by Mightpop). This will be a LOT of fun. The "Bell" is a classic St. John's room with a great dance floor so this will certainly be an old-style NL dance night. Doors open at 8:30pm, so it's not just for the late-night downtowners. Tell your folks and tell your grandparents. Tickets are available at the Holy Heart Theatre box office - click here.

Merry Christmas!!!