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Matt Townsend

2017-02-05

Matt Townsend is a songwriter, poet and seeker based in Asheville,NC. With an Irish Grandfather from Co Clare, there is a strong Irish connection and heritage. With his distinctive voice, and a world weary insight, he delivers his original songs grounded in the folk, rock and pop traditions. Live, the band flows from high energy rock n roll, to quiet folk tunes and back. Bob Dylan, Neutral Milk Hotel, Neil Young being some the early musical guiding lights.
His new album, the first installment of a two-EP series is called "The Drifter and the Dream (Part I)"
Lyrically the songs explore the spiritual dissonance between the individual and the world at large, longing for connection, love as redemption, and more.

He is a featured artist on the recently released "Asheville Symphony Sessions", a collaboration between the Asheville Symphony and regional artists. He has also performed at LEAF festival in 2015 and 2016.

He released his first EP "What Light Shall Be" in 2012 while living in Burlington, VT. In early 2013 he relocated to Asheville, NC and released his first LP "Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World" in 2014.

“Matt Townsend is something of a conundrum" says one music writer, "On one hand, his lyrics indicate a world-weary, vulnerable old-timer. His voice projects across the generations, so much so that any listener would find themselves googling the album release date within seconds. But at the same time, he is wholly modern...So you see he is a good conundrum. Even better when you take a listen to his album." -Popdose

Artist website: http://www.matttownsendmusic.com

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