Hilltown, County Down
Originating in a village in the Mourne Mountains called Hilltown, Matt has truly made his stamp on the Northern Irish music scene and further afield with his unique blend of heartfelt and quirky songs.
At the beginning of 2012 Matt shared a stage 'In the Round' with Nanci Griffith with the Belfast Nashville Festival. This led Matt to a trip to Nashville and the beginning of a very successful cowriting partnership with published artist Madeleine Slate. Together they have penned three songs from Matt's forthcoming album, one of which has already featured in a major American TV show.
Matt has since co-written with several others, including Ireland's Ben Glover, Nashville's Michael Logen and Appalachia's 'Iodine' and Canada's Madeleine Slate and produced albums for several artists including Melbourne's David Hosking.
In 2011, Matt released his debut album 'Livin'' to much acclaim, and March of 2013 will see the release of album number 2. It features a collection of songs, all recorded on a farm studio in the Craigantalet Hills, just outside Belfast. The first single from this album 'World of Timewas released Christmas Eve of 2012.
In 2010 Matt supported Dave Gerity (BellX1), Kelly Joe Phelps, Foy Vance, Kila and Brent Mason to name a few. In the last few years his music has been used in many adverts and programmes on TV and radio. 2011 saw the released of Matt’s debut album ‘Livin’ which he is currently touring. In addition Matt ihas collaborated heavily with Ciaran Gribben (INXS,Madonna, Paul Oakenfold) with whom they supported Paul McCartney and Crosby, Stills & Nash in Hyde Park and also performed at Electric Picnic and Oxegen. 2011 also saw Matt’s successful debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
This year Matt has developed a successful partnership with Juliet Turner where they have toured together extensively with Matt opening the show each evening and then accompanying. Matt rounded off 2012 with a sold out show in Newry Town Hall where with special guests Juliet Turner, Gareth Dunlop, Nathan O'Regan and Rachel Coulter of the Farriers as well as the choir of St. Colman's College choir.
Over the last few years Matt has been privileged to have spear-headed workshops across the country where he has helped others develop songwriting skills in schools, with people of special needs, and in underprivileged areas.
"There are many positives about 'Livin'... it's quality all the way, with choice songs and exemplary playing...the songs are brave and Matt sustains the atmosphere that suits each piece..." Stuart Bailie - BBC Broadcaster & Former NME Editor
"Matt combines his sublime Guitar skills with a voice smoother than an ageing scotch and contemporary folk tunes sweet enough to give Paul Simon diabetes..." Chris Wright - www.chriswrites.net
"Matt McGinn's album Livin' has an otherworldly quality that will draw you in like a warm fire on a cold night" John Carver - Presenter of 'Across the Tracks' on Melbourne's PBS FM