Matt McGinn Is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Co. Down. He
studied music at Queens University in Belfast, yet cites his early days as his real musical
education trawling through his parents record collection - from Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson
to Beatles and Beethoven. He learned complex harmonies in the school choir and later delved
into the sounds Hendrix and Horslips. Then along came John Martyn, Nick Drake Bob Dylan,
Planxty, Robert Johnson, Paul Brady & Andy Irvine. He drew inspiration from them all.
and began playing live, opening for the likes of Chris Smither, John Hammond Jr, Peter Green
and Lucy Kaplansky.
Matt recorded his debut album, 'Livin' in 2012, but it was his third recording. 'Lessons of War' in
2020 and its lead track 'Bubblegum' ft. Clara O'Neill (written with Mick Flannery) that put him
firmly on the map. It enjoyed significant acclaim, and he was named one to watch' by Hotpress
In 2020 Aolfe Scott, daughter of Frances Black, duet with him on his track, 'Time Well Spent
which became one of the biggest folk songs on Irish radio. Since then, Matt has had 4 singles
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top The BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ Radio 1 radio airplay charts and released his fifth album,
'Time Well Spent' (2022)
To celebrate NI Screen’s Digital Archives, Matt composed ‘Tribute to Wille Campbell', a man who
busked the streets of Belfast for 40 years until he died in 1969.
The piece has been screened at film festivals as far as New York and Berlin and has been
nominated for a FOCAL International award.
Matt McGinn Is currently nominated for a Hotpress award for Best Irish Songwriter and released
his sixth album, Behind every Door' in 2023Gallery Bar Performance - Strictly 18 years+