Born in Ashburton, New Zealand, Matthew Smith is a singer and songwriter. He moves between folk, country and rock with ease and prefers not to be tied to just one genre. On his own he performs with a softer, acoustic approach but when his formidable band ‘Deepwater Creek’ join him, things get plugged in and turned up. He likes to show both sides of his music when he records, so his albums, EPs and singles will take the listener on a journey.
This review from Graham Reid is a great insight into Matthews debut self titled album:
‘Former rock frontman (of the atmospheric and crunching Von Voin Strum), Matthew Smith here (mostly) gets the knobs turned down and – with a small band, some important and sympathetic colleagues including co-producer and mixer Ben Edwards in the Sitting Room, mastering by Chris Chetland – initially brings an unexpected and intimate low-lights indie.folk voice to the fore on memorable songs coloured by his own pedal steel.
But there’s also a shadowland quality to many of these songs (Hog Tied early up) and as the album progresses the darkness and unease descend. Smith’s is a world of lies, where nightmares become the daydream, allusions to death and despair, cracks . . .’
On the 11th May, Matty was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan on RNZ’s 1-4pm programme, a link to this interview is below.
29th July 2018 | Members:$10 | Non Members:$15 | Students with ID: $5
Doors open 7.00pm Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7.00 pm.
VENUE: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon. The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off-street parking.
DOOR SALES CASH ONLY: Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break, also bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night. Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility. Please remember to bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for new club licensing.