MATT McGINN –‘THE END OF THE COMMON MAN’
RELEASE DATE - Monday 5th March 2018
Produced by Matt McGinn
Words & Music by Matt McGinn
SHOWS in 2018
Thursday 8th March - The Old Stables, Haydon Wick
Friday 9th March – Launching the album with a headline show at the Belfast Nashville Festival
Tuesday 20th March – The Star Folk Club, Glasgow
Saturday 7th April – The Underground, Dublin
Thursday 7th June – The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Friday 8th June – The Ardhowen, Fermanagh
Saturday 9th June – Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint
MORE TO COME....
Recorded between Nashville, Tennessee, and a farmhouse in Co. Down, 'The End of the Common Man is the 3rd long-play offering from Irish songwriter, Matt McGinn.
'The End of the Common Man' features not only the best of local musicians from the north of Ireland, but 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 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 while '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.
Cutting his teeth on the Belfast music scene from an early age, Matt was opening for blues and folk legends; Peter Green, John Hammond Jnr, Chris Smither, John Renbourn to name a few. He performed his original material in specialised speakeasy's in front of select and true music fans, and even survived a lengthy residency in Belfast's now legendary Rotterdam Bar. However around the same time with his reputation as a multi-instrumental session musician growing, Matt was a choice player for many touring bands, who occasion shared the bill with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Crowded House, and Crosby Stills & Nash.
He is a frequent visiter to Nashville to co-write. Many of these works have featured on American and international television. And, his 2016 single, 'the Long Way' was written with Grammy Nominee Kim Richey and Belfast's Gareth Dunlop.
'The End of the Common Man' brings to the fore not only the song writing capabilities of Matt McGinn, but a new found confidence as performer, arranger and producer.
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