Barry Ball Artists

Matthew Fagan

Artist Overview

Internationally acclaimed performer Matthew Fagan is one of our most engaging, versatile, fluent and imaginative musicians.  He’s a genre-hopping, finger-popping, multi-instrumentalist sensation.

Greg Phillips, Editor, Australian Musician


Matthew has performed live and his music has featured on major television networks Channel 7 & ABCTV in Australia and on BBC in Edinburgh.  Matthew has been chosen as guest touring artist with an extraordinary array of International Celebrities including Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford, performing on major Arena Stages from the Sydney Opera House to Melbourne Concert Hall. Matthew has also personally performed for his Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Parliament of World Religions.

Billy Connolly was so impressed with Matthew that Billy gifted Matthew one of his own banjos upon completion of 53 night Australian tour with Matthew quoting

"Matthew is the best guest artist I have ever toured with."

Billy Connolly 2000.

Matthew’s show Lord of the Strings has been a great success Internationally with Standing Ovations and Sold out shows from Edinburgh to Adelaide Fringe.

“Matthew Fagan really is the Lord of the Strings.  The man can wail on a banjo, wow on a ukulele and leave you gobsmacked with his skills on his “cool black guitar”.

Adam Langenberg, The Advertiser

Matthew is unique in his mastery of many diverse guitar styles.  Having completed 2 degrees in music and studying with world masters Paco Pena, John Williams, Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Matthew embraces Spanish Classical, Flamenco, Fingerstyle, Latin  and contemporary guitar.  Matthew is also a phenomenal multi -instrumentalist performing on instruments from the unique 10 String Guitar, Celtic Steel String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele and Mandolin.

…he trots out a brilliant medley of well-known songs that sounded fantastic. The ukulele can no longer be considered a ‘joke’ – in the hands of someone like Matthew Fagan it sounds rich and melodic.

Michael Coghlan, The Clothesline

Music Highlights performed by Matthew include "Flight of the Bumble Bee, Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca, Vivaldi Four seasons, Czardas Gypsy Dance, Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez, Spanish and Irish Traditional music from Matthew’s new CD series Virtuoso and Virtuoso 2.  A special dedication to Matthew’s rich musical ancestry of a lineage of Prodigous instrumentalists.    Other Music highlights includes Flamenco music-“Malaguena”, favourites with audiences Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt “Minor Swing” “Night and Day”, “Sweet Georgie Brown”, Jazz favourites “Ain’t she Sweet”, “What a Wonderful World”, Gypsy Kings “Bambaleo”, Carlos Santana "Oye Como Va", Popular easy-listening music such as Fragile by Sting , Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper, Somewhere over the Rainbow, Beatles and Tommy Emmanuel medleys, Bluegrass and more.

“Sensational.  Great personality-rapport with audience.  Excellent range of music and instruments.”

Kym Byrne- Audience Member, Adelaide Fringe Festival


Matthew also loves to entertain with hilarious stories of life touring with the stars and performing in over 120 countries in the world including Cruise ships such as Queen Mary 2- Cunard Line, Regal Princess, Holland America- Oosterdam, Seabourne Ships- Sojourn & Quest,

“We loved not only your music but your stories too….As soon as we got home, my husband fished out his old guitar and started strumming, you inspired him.”  

Eva Vella- Audience Member- Forge Theatre

WORKSHOPS
Matthew has directed successful Festivals and performed and conducted Ukulele workshops at Major Festivals and Ukulele Clubs Internationally .  An extra, fun and entertaining activity Matthew offers Is Ukulele workshops.  With the extraordinary recent popularity of the ukulele On Matthew’s recent cruise as guest entertainer, a group of passengers brought their own ukuleles on board and  Matthew offered ukulele workshops to them which were warmly received.  This is a popular activity for guests who already have their ukulele or Matthew has a kit of 20 ukuleles available to bring with him.

Assigned Categories: Instrumental, Guitar Headliner

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