From Newfoundland to Northumberland – Matthew Byrne in concert

It was lovely seeing people at Sharper Than concerts in June – we shared some cracking music, so many thanks for coming out and supporting. 

The summer is always a bit of a quieter time … but not everyone goes away, so if you are within reach of The Hearth Arts Centre, Horsley on Friday 2 August, there is the opportunity to catch rising Canadian  trad star, Matthew Byrne on his first solo UK tour. 

Matthew Byrne, from Newfoundland, is a traditional singer, storyteller, and guitar player with a repertoire shaped by his musical upbringing. He supports his tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.  Many of his songs have roots in Scotland and Ireland, taken over by early emmigrants, in search of a better life in Canada.  Check him out in the video link below and via his website:

In his own words:

“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.”

and from the press

“Byrne is the finest interpreter of traditional songs not only in his native province, but all of Canada.” fROOTS MAGAZINE

Doors will open at 7.00 and there will be a bar. Music starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£5 students and U 19s and are available:

  • In person from  the Hearth Cafe during opening hours 10-4 daily (Great excuse to visit a brilliant cafe!!!) 
  • By phone from me on 01661 842935 or email me via the button below to reserve and pay cash on door
  • Online via link (booking fee applies)

The Hearth Cafe will also be open for food on the evening on the concert, from 5.30pm. Tables must be reserved in advance –  call the cafe on  01661 853563  to book.

Buy tickets online
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Looking a little further ahead, a band I work with through Alan Bearman Music, Melrose Quartet, is appearing at Queen’s Hall, Hexham on Saturday 19 October. There is both a concert and a workshop and tickets have just gone on sale.  I know some of you  came to the workshop the 4 members, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Richard and Jess Arrowsmith,  did last year in Gosforth and really enjoyed it, so this is another chance to learn some great songs  in harmony with inspiring singers! I anticipate that this will sell out before the day – so  do book early to ensure your place. 
Info here:

I’m also delighted to announce that Broom Bezzums will be making a welcome return in November, with a concert in Stocksfield on  Friday 1 November at the Community Centre (SICA).  Tickets are just going on sale online  at  £10 full price and £5 Students and under 19s.  More about them nearer the time!

Hope you have a wonderful summer with live music wherever you can find it!  

Chris 25 July 2019