FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2019
We are delighted to welcome the very talented Matthew O’Donnell and his band to The Haven.
Matthew and his Band delight audiences to a mix of Country & Irish, American Country and other material including waltzes, jives and foxtrots and play to packed venues throughout Ireland and the UK.
Matthew is a truly amazing, young, talented, country music artist from Furnish in the native Irish speaking area of Connemara, Co. Galway. He has a distinct ability as a singer, songwriter and musician with amazing performance appeal and charisma.
From an early age Matthew was surrounded by many forms of music; his father Bartley is a well-known sean-nós singer and growing up Matthew participated successfully in many local competitions.
He regards Garth Brooks as one of his biggest idols and influences and using his native Irish language he translated the Garth Brooks classic ‘Baton Rouge’ into Irish.
In 2015, after he finished school, Matthew was approached by ‘Irish Music’, a Manchester based music group, to record a CD. The result was his debut fifteen-track album entitled ‘The Longer the Waiting’ which was released in 2016.
Following on from the success of this album, Matthew received ongoing requests to make guest appearances at events throughout Ireland and England.
In 2017 Matthew worked between Harmony Studios, Co. Donegal and Spout Studio, Co. Longford to record his second fifteen-track album entitled ‘Crazy for Country’. This album introduces a mix of old American Country hits, two beautiful waltzes; Dermot O’Brien’s ‘Connemara Rose’ and Pat McKernan’s ‘Geraldine’s Thinking of Galway’ as well as a number of original tracks including the single ‘Philly, Sing Me’ and the hugely popular title track, ‘Crazy For Country’.
While Matthew O’Donnell is relatively new to the wider performing scene, he has been honing his craft for several years and in 2018 he finally realised his boyhood dream – to go on the road with his own country band, comprising of some of the country’s well-known and respected musicians.