Matthew Byrne’s live performance explores his unique Newfoundland musical lineage with thoughtful and honest interpretations of traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. These songs are delivered with polished guitar work, powerful vocals, and masterful storytelling. Says Brian O'Donovan, WGBH Boston, “It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT! Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.” Indeed, "Hearts & Heroes" won “Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire draws heavily from songs he has ‘inherited’ as a result. His tradition thrives on the song – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and his music reminds us how satisfying they can be when stripped down to these basic elements. Since bursting on to the trad scene in 2010 with his debut recording, "Ballads," Matthew has swiftly earned his place as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional singers. In that time his music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home. Byrne’s role as singer in The Dardanelles has also brought him to major international festival stages in North America, the UK, and Australia.