Matthew and his band will be playing this Friday Jan.31 at the Burlington Arts Centre and Saturday Feb.1 at Meaford Hall. Both shows will be opened by Mo Kenney from Nova Scotia. For ticket info please follow the links on the tour dates page.
12 new songs have been recorded for Matthew’s forthcoming record expected out in the spring of 2014. The sessions took place in part at Toronto’s Revolution Studio in Leslieville and were finished at Greg Keelor’s farmhouse studio east of Toronto. Gary Louris of the Jayhawks produced the sessions. In addition to Barber’s guitar, piano and vocals, the album features contributions from Julian Brown (bass), Dean Stone (drums), Jesse O’Brien (piano), Steve O’Connor (organ), Michelle McAdorey (vocals), Jill Barber (vocals), James McKenty (guitar and recording engineer) as well as guitar and vocals from Louris.
Matt is hunkering down in the studio this January in Toronto recording an album of new songs. We are anticipating a spring 2014 release.
This past winter Matthew teamed up with old friends The Spades from Peterborough, Ontario to record a couple of original Barber compositions for the Seventh Fire Records vinyl-only record label. The A Side “The People Got To Know” is a rousing sing-along foot-stomper that was written around the time of Sweet Nothing but didn’t end up on that record. The B Side “Fool For You” is an epic rock ballad with a bitter lyrical sentiment that was written in the time between Sweet Nothing and Ghost Notes. You can order your copy of this LIMITED EDITION Matthew Barber and The Spades record here.
Matthew will be doing a pair of weekend matinee shows with his band in the greater Ottawa area – April 20 at the Neat Cafe in Burnstown and April 21 at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. On May 4th and 5th he’ll be playing solo on a bill with Justin Rutledge at the Rocket Room in St. John’s, Nfld. Details can be found on the Tour Dates page.
Matthew will be participating in the Folk Alliance Conference this year in Toronto. His official showcase is Saturday Feb.23 at 8:30pm in the Stevenson Room of the Delta Chelsea Hotel.
Matthew will be appearing as part of the Folkus Concert Series in beautiful Almonte, ON (just southwest of Ottawa). For details and ticket info please visit www.folkusalmonte.ca. With special guest George Birchall.
Matthew will be returning to Hugh’s Room’s stage for the 11th annual Gordon Lightfoot tribute January 18, 19 and 20. Matthew will be doing 2 songs along with many other great artists. Reservations available at www.hughsroom.com.
Matthew will be hitting the road in Australia in October and November with Steve Balbi, Asa Broomhall and Nicholas Roy. Matthew is touring in support of his self-titled album which came out down under on ABC records. Details can be found on the “tour dates” page.
Matthew and his band are very excited to be playing two nights at the National Arts Centre’s “4th Stage” theatre on Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20th. Advance tickets are available through ticketmaster here.