Event DateNovember 23
Address2 Bay Street Parry Sound, ON P2A 1S3
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Associated BusinessesCharles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
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Matthew is scheduled to release his fourth studio album in the fall of 2024. The album was recently recorded in Sheffield, UK. Featuring some of the best artists on the English folk scene, such as Nancy Kerr, Andy Cutting, Liz Hanks, James Fagan, Louis Campbell, and Ben Nicholls, this latest effort was produced by folk icon Martin Simpson. The Canadian Folk Music Awards recognized Matthew Byrne’s first two albums as Traditional Albums of the Year, and his eagerly awaited fourth album is sure to catch on with traditional listeners on both sides of the Atlantic.

Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music, and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly. His musical upbringing has shaped his repertoire, and Byrne supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.

With parents who were both singers and song collectors and a strong family focus on sharing songs, Byrne has inherited a unique repertoire and a fascination with unearthing and reimagining traditional songs.

“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, which have always fascinated me.”

But Byrne is also a student of history whose love of traditional music goes well beyond the words and music. For him, songs are ways of understanding people before him…their lives, work, language, and worldview.

“I see songs as sources of the past—windows into my own family history. Traditional music has always been the most important tool for me to understand where I come from and who I am. My live performance is meant to take audiences on a journey through the lineage of my repertoire and share what these songs have revealed to me.”

Tickets are $29.95 + HST each.

Tickets go on sale to Stockey Members on Friday May 24th at 3pm and on sale to the public on Friday May 31st at 11am.

To become a Stockey Member, you can visit us on our Membership page for more information and to purchase online, give us a call at 705-746-4466 extension 405, or visit us at 2 Bay Street, Parry Sound.


Tickets can also be purchased during our business hours by calling our Box Office at 705-746-4466 extension 405 or visiting us at 2 Bay Street, Parry Sound.

NOVEMBER 23, 2024 7:00 PM


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