Hilltown, County Down
Hailing from the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, this is Matt McGinn. You can tell by hearing by his warm, rasping and powerful voice, by listening to his worldly wise lyrics and by seeing his wide shoulders broadened from carrying coal almost thirty years, that by no means is this Matt's first dance. Far from it, as March 2018 sees the release of his 3rd solo album and, by all accounts, an absolute belter at that.
When Bob Harris played a track from Matt's 2015 album 'Latter Day Sinner' on BBC Radio 2, he stated...
"Darkest Before the Day, what a truly beautiful track... Matt, your album is superb. I've seen Matt play live, he's fantastic...and Latter Day Sinner is a beautiful album." BOB HARRIS - RADIO 2
Cutting his teeth on the Belfast music scene from an early age, Matt opened for blues and folk legends; Peter Green, John Hammond Jnr, Chris Smither, John Renbourn to name a few, and survived a lengthy residency in Belfast's now legendary Rotterdam Bar.
His 2006 debut release landed him a spot at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival. His 2016 Album Latter Day Sinner won him a place on the Electric Picnic's Cosby Stage through 2FM's 'Play the Picnic'.
In July 2018, Matt toured alonside Rodney Crowell as a special guest on his Irish Tour and will be represented the Northern Ireland Arts Council in Brussels at a special performance in September.
With his reputation as a multi-instrumental session musician also growing, Matt is choice player for many touring bands, who occasion shared the bill with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and Crosby Stills & Nash. He is currently working with Malojian, Gareth Dunlop, Ben Glover, Juliet Turner and many others.
Matt's perspective on music and the industry was changed forever with a trip to Nashville in 2014. After performing 'In the Round' with Nanci Griffith, he found himself playing the legendary Bluebird cafe. Only hours after sharing the stage with Chas Sandford, writer of Tina Turner's 'Missing You', Matt would be penning his 2016 single 'The Long Way' with songwriter and Grammy Nominee, Kim Richey.
Americana UK give 'The End of the Common Man' a 4.5 out of 5 star review, staing
"An outstanding blend of soulful passion and melody that will haunt and inspire."
Recorded between Nashville, Tennessee, and a farmhouse in Co. Down, 'The End of the Common Man is Matt's third LP. In Janurary '18 it was Album of the Week on BBC Radio Ulster with Late Show host, Anthony Toner describing it as,
“Just amazing...such a big sound. The End of the Common Man is worth a serious listen” ANTHONY TONER - BBC RADIO ULSTER
'The End of the Common Man' features the best musicians from the North of Ireland, and heavy hitters from all over, namely Nashville's six string virtuoso Kris Donegan (Rick Rubin/Shania Twain), on the Double Bass from England, Jon Thorne (Yorkston,Thorne,Khan/LAMB) and, on the track 'Marianne', a special appearance from Germany's Carolina Eyck, one of the world’s foremost Theremin virtuosi.
'The End of the Common Man' is more than a collection of well crafted melodies and performances. It takes a close look at aspects of failures in today's society. The title track tells of a man who has lost everything due to corporate greed. 'Marianne' portrays a father who in an act of desperation to feed his family, turns to criminality. And whilst 'Trump' gives a satirical view to the Leader of the Free World, the 'End of Days' provides a more sober picture of how this prominent figure could affect us all.
“It's born from a place of hard working class heroes. It’s a rousing tune for poets, pint drinkers, pit-workers and punters across the world. Railing against capitalism and political greed, it’s a song as old as time. Acoustic guitar and a bluesy brass section lend an old time feel and yet the message is as apt today as ever.” SCOTT EDGAR - FOLK & TUMBLE