HUNTER RIVER – Matthew Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. He will perform at Harmony House Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Byrne’s music has travelled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home 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.
His second album, “Hearts & Heroes,” received Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, 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 the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds audiences how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.
Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Byrne does this with his latest recording, “Horizon Lines.” This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage.
Tickets for the June 16 show are $18 and available through the venue website at www.harmonyhousetheatre.com, or by calling Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. Dinner reservations can also be made by calling the venue at (902) 964-2255.