Originally from the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, Matt discovered music at an early age. His parents had a collection of Irish records and the music was a familiar sound in the house. He played piano, guitar and sang lead vocals for a rock band called “Circus Maximus” in High School. At 17, he bought a tin whistle in Ireland while visiting family in Ennis, County Clare. His interest in Irish folk music was rising and he taught himself to play the whistle along to the music in his collection.
While at La Salle University, he met other Irish musicians and started playing in sessions and guest-appearing with local bands. He and some friends started a short-lived Irish folk band called “Catalpa,” named for an American ship that saved a number of Fenians from the Australian penal colony in 1876. In the band, Matt sang, played whistle and guitar. After college, Matt continued to play with various artists. His day job required him to travel to different parts of Europe where, in his leisure, he was able to sit in on Irish music sessions in Ireland, England, Scotland and Germany. These late night sessions with great musicians got him interested in teaching himself to play Irish bouzouki and concertina.
In late 2005, after seeing Matt playing whistle with balladeer, Oliver McElhone, Paul Moore offered him to play with the newly formed “Paddy’s Well.” With this band, Matt would play whistle, concertina, and share some vocals. Paddy’s Well quickly gained popularity and success throughout the Philadelphia area, playing hundreds of shows and festivals, making TV and radio appearances, and creating the CD “First Friday”. Matt enjoys playing with former Paddy’s Well band mate in Paul’s current project, “The Paul Moore Band”.