Matt Borrello is a singer and guitar player from Dighton, Ma. For over eight years Matt has performed regularly in the Boston/Providence area, usually as a solo acoustic act, but also as a sideman for other songwriters and as the frontman of his blues rock band, the Quality Dogs. Matt’s insightful songwriting and 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. His songs draw their structures from folk, country, blues, and rock music. He is a lover of spontaneous collaborations with other musicians and his songs have highly malleable arrangements.
Matt has shared the stage with:
Paul Geremia -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 -Ernie and the Automatics
At Venues Including:
Club Passim -The Vanilla Bean – The Lizard Lounge – The Burren – 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 – The Joe Davies Folk Festival -The Church Street Coffeehouse -The Taunton River Folk Festival – The Dighton Cowchip Festival
…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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