Matt Borrello is a traveling singer and guitar player with a repertoire of traditional folk, classic rock, and contemporary original songs. Matt’s insightful songwriting often blends political and personal themes. He performs his own songs and also offers energetic interpretations of classic folk, rock, and blues from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Born and raised in the small town of Dighton, MA, Matt started playing guitar at 14. Within a year he was writing and gigging and he hasn’t really done much other than that since. Now in his mid-twenties, Matt plays regularly in the Boston, Southern Mass, and Rhode Island area, usually as a solo acoustic act. Matt’s insightful songwriting often blends political and personal themes. His passionate performances have earned him recognition in various New England talent showcases and songwriting contests, most notably at the Boston Folk Festival Youth Songwriting Contest. He has also traveled to perform at prestigious venues in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas. He has a not-so-secret fondness for Bob Dylan songs, and performs with Art Tebbetts from New Bedford and Danielle Miraglia from Boston in a handful of annual Bob Dylan Tribute Shows. Matt is also a guitarist-for-hire and loves spontaneous collaborations with other musicians. He has always appeared comfortable on coffeehouse stages, and is equally at home playing a rowdy bar room, intimate house concert, or big festival.
Matt Borrello’s debut album, “Don’t Turn Around”, was self-released in 2010. Since then he has released a few live and studio EPs, gaining some airplay in the Northeast and elsewhere. His new album of original music recorded at Fox Run Studio in Sudbury, MA is in its finishing stages and will be released and promoted by Trespass Music in Spring 2015.
Matt has shared the stage with:
Paul Geremia – Craig Bickhardt – Danielle Miraglia – Buddy Mondlock – Livingston Taylor – Brooks Williams – John Flynn -Ryan Fitzsimmons – Meg Hutchinson -Tripping Lily – The Baker Thomas Band – Vic Wotherspoon – Art Tebbetts – Amy Black – Don White – Frank Morey – Kevin So – Rick Fetters
At Venues Including:
Club Passim – The Vanilla Bean – The Lizard Lounge – The Burren – The Middle East – Toad – The Third Fret Coffehouse – The Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference – Rick’s Music World – Steve’s Backstage Pass – The Narrows Center for the Arts – The Cotuit Center for the Arts -The Natick Center for the Arts – The Somerville Armory – The Rose Garden Coffeehouse – Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series -The Church Street Coffeehouse – World Café Live at the Queen – Burlap and Bean – Mountain Spirit (Asheville, NC)
…And Many More
“Matt in my opinion is one of the finest folksingers I’ve heard in years. He has natural ability and he is both contemporary and traditional.” -Vic Wotherspoon, Dean of Folk, New England Country Blues Legend
“By listening to the mp3’s and watching the videos I knew Matt was a very good musician. But by seeing him live I learned what a great performer he is. And of course his music is even better live. He relates to the audience really well. He makes a connection with his listeners that so many musicians his age don’t understand. And it’s all natural for Matt.” -Don Ash, Black-Eyed Susan Cafe, Angelica, NY
“Borrello’s singing hints of the desperation like that of Dylan and Springsteen (with a better voice).”
Steve Ide – Folk, Bluegrass, and Traditional Music Blog
“Matt’s material oscillates easily between singer-songwriter folk and blues, and his guitar playing is sharp as a nail” – Ian Fitzgerald on his awesome blog.
“At Buskin & Batteau’s Radio B&B WPKN Nerfa showcase this November, the womenfolk were all pretty warmed up from us and our brilliant musical pals, but when Matt started singing, it turned Nerfa’s whole mountainside hotel from The Shining to the Borrello Bordello. Like young Elvis with a Martin. This kid is tu-rouble with a capital TU– for Talent Unlimited.” -Robin Batteau
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