Matthew Byrne


Matthew Bryne’s repertoire shows the influence of being raised in a family of Newfoundland music-makers.  He carries on the proud tradition of weaving great stories with beautiful melodies; his music shows how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. Matthew’s live performances offer tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.  Matthew burst onto the trad scene in 2010 with his debut recording, Ballads, and followed that with Hearts & Heroes, a recording that earned him the Traditional Album of the Year title in 2015 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  In his most recent offering, Horizon Lines (2017), Matthew does what is really at the heart of folk music: he delivers engaging narratives that leave listeners spell-bound and captivated.  This is Matthew’s first time sailing into Folk Harbour.

Thursday: 5:00 PM Fisheries Museum
Friday: 4:00 PM Bandstand
Main Stage
Saturday: 3:00 PM Traditions, St. John’s Anglican Church
Sunday: 10:00 AM Gospel Concert, Main Stage
1:00 PM From the Rock, St. John’s Anglican Church
4:00 PM Fisheries Museum Wharf Stage

All session by Matthew Byrne