CBC Music First Play

The folks at CBC Music are currently streaming the entire new album here.

Also, you can vote for “Lose Your Love” on the CBC Radio2 Top 20 here.

Pre-Order Big Romance and get single “Magnet Eyes” now!

You can now pre-order the new album on iTunes and get the first single “Magnet Eyes” right away.  The rest of the album becomes available on May 27.  Here’s the iTunes link https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/big-romance/id875731698

New Spring Tour Dates Announced

Matthew and his band will be rolling through Stratford, Ottawa/Wakefield, Kingston, Burnstown, Toronto, Hamilton, London and Waterloo this spring in support of his forthcoming release Big Romance (out May 27).  We’d love to see you at a show!  Please check the tour dates page for venue and ticket details.

New Album!

We are pleased to announce that the new album Big Romance produced by Gary Louris will be coming in May.  Here’s the tracklisting:  Hold Me, Magnet Eyes, Big Romance, When She Comes Over Me, On The 505, Lose Your Love, Magic Greg, If Our Timing Is True, Dance Of The Honey Bee, Still Beating.

Burlington and Meaford this weekend with Mo Kenney

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.

Recording update

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.

New Record

Matt is hunkering down in the studio this January in Toronto recording an album of new songs.  We are anticipating a spring 2014 release.

New 7″ vinyl out now on Seventh Fire Records

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.

Spring Thaw Shows in Burnstown, Wakefield and St.John’s, Newfoundland.

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.

Folk Alliance

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.