Hearts, heroes and Matthew Byrne on west coast this weekend

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Matthew Byrne is shown in this undated photo. Byrne will be performing in Corner Brook and Rocky Harbour this weekend.

Matthew Byrne brings his latest album, “Hearts & Heroes,” to Corner Brook and Bonne Bay this weekend.

Like with his first solo endeavor, “Ballads,” four years ago, Byrne has teamed up with Shanneyganock's Billy Sutton as producer to record an album of lesser-known traditional music.

It has been four years since the release of Ballads, which he says has solidified his status as one of Newfoundland’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

His role as singer and song-finder in The Dardanelles has brought him to many major international stages throughout North America, the UK and even as far as Australia.

But recording and touring as “one of the Dards” has not replaced Matthew’s musical endeavours, it has simply added to it, said a prepared release.

 The album draws on a lesser-known repertoire of traditional music, material that Byrne has either sourced out himself, inherited from family of traditional singers, or composed.

Songs like “Bold Nelson” and “McAlpine’s Crew” showcase a thicker band-oriented sound, alongside the more stripped-down arrangements on the record.

Byrne will play at Swirsky’s in Corner Brook Friday, followed by performanced in Woody Point on Saturday and Rocky Harbour on Sunday.



Geographic location: Corner Brook, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland The Dardanelles North America UK Australia Woody Point Rocky Harbour

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