In the back woods and waving meadows of Hastings County you may hear the sound of the piano and guitar eluding threw the branches. Born and raised in Hastings County The Matthews Brothers, Cole & Mike Matthews, grew up on formal training and folk music. Attending local high school, with drummer Matt Smith, they soon left for university to study music. Cole and Mike both attended Queen’s University, earning their Bachelor of Music Degrees, then returned to their grass roots in Hastings County. “Hastings County offers the perfect location between Ottawa and Toronto, which allows us to travel with ease”, commented Cole.
With the neighbouring farmhouse empty, complete with old wood floors, and plastered walls, it allowed the brothers to convert the old stone home into a music studio. Together Cole and Mike create and record music, along with their band (bass player David Rodrigues & on drums Matt Smith), which they will be playing on tour this summer. “Our farm is buried deep in the back of Hastings, and has provided us with perfect inspiration for writing and recording our music. “Cole added, “It has also allowed us the privacy when necessary.”
Whether they are jamming in the old farm house or in a tavern in downtown Toronto, the Matthews Brothers are authentic folk/rock artists that deliver music that has both depth and feeling. This four piece band evokes a sound that is calm, yet diverse to many. The Matthews Band appeals to a wide spectrum of audiences, ranging from folk to rock. The brothers have the ability to harmonize, and pull you in, leaving you wanting more.
“These classically trained brothers. Take inspiration from their past to write the diverse songs you hear today…..Take a listen you won’t forget them”
~New Music Canada CBC Radio 3 ~
“Rock meshed with folk-beauty, rich vocals, passionate energy, and soaring spirit that takes this journey sky-high into the atmosphere…this music that’s both joyous and introspective, a powerful statement from these rootsy-troubadours from Ontario. This is a sound that’s irresistible in it’s vibrancy, harmonies, and atmospheric ode to classic Americana. Wonderful.”
~ The Lonely Vagabond, Exclaim! ~
Cole and Mike Matthews can often be seen downtown Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern, The Bellevegas Lounge, downtown Belleville, or featured at the Indie Week Festival, to which they have been given a return invitation.
The band looks forward to this summer’s 2011 upcoming tour across Canada.
Listen to a few of their songs for FREE at http://www.thematthewsbrothers.com/ …”WHAT IF I”, “GEM”, “UNDER THE WINTERSKY”, ” FOREVER THE DAY”.
“The Matthews Brothers” can be contacted on facebook http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/TheMatthewsBrothers or myspace at http://www.myspace.com/TheMatthewsBrothers for tour dates and recent updates on the band!
By: Lesley Galloway