Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:00pm – 10:45pm

Canadian Balladeer at Branford Folk April 14

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

Matthew Byrne, one of Canada’s leading young folk balladeers, will make his Branford Folk Music Society debut on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. at the society’s monthly coffeehouse in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford on the Town Green.

Admission is $20 for non-members, $17 for members and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at www.branfordfolk.org/

Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and storytellers, 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 a listening room. Critics have written that his repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.

Byrne’s a young performer, but he holds a deep, seasoned respect and reverence for traditional folk music. His music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut album, “Ballads.” It wasn’t long before his second album, “Hearts and Heroes”, received Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. With that, he established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

Touring both as a solo artist as well as a singer with The Dardanelles, Byrne has graced major festival stages worldwide including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland,  and The Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia.

Last summer he released his third album “Horizon Lines” a collection of mostly traditional songs exploring music from both sides of the Atlantic and also continuing his journey through his own unique musical lineage with songs that sound as if they are hundreds of years old.

Accolades abound for Byrne’s music with perhaps some of the highest praise coming from none other than renowned Canadian singer-songwriter James Keelaghan who noted that Byrne “sings with a voice as true as a compass needle and is a dab hand on his instruments as well. His Ballads album is one of the finest English language traditional albums to come out in many a year.”

The Branford Folk Music Society is a 44-year-old non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to furthering traditional folk music. The society will sponsor a second concert this month on April 28 highlighting the music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy with Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata. The ensemble was scheduled to appear in December but a snowstorm postponed their appearance.

Admission: $20, $17
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
Branford
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