Matt Midgley is a Scottish solo-acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Oxfordshire. His technical percussive guitar skills and alternative folk style create an amazingly unique sound, rounded with hummable melodies, catchy hooks, insightful lyrics, and a rugged Scottish brogue.
Using many alternative fingerstyle guitar techniques (such as tapping, percussion, and harmonics) to create the sound of a full bass/drums/guitar band, Matt’s music remains focussed on emotive vocals and strong songwriting. His live gigs showcase both “breathtaking dexterity” and “clearly present emotion and passion”, which combine with a natural sardonic wit to a create a deeply personal and intimate performance.
Since 2012, Matt has been gradually recording and releasing his 4 part concept album, ‘For Everybody and No One’ which creates a chronology of his decision to quit his job, leave his home, and leap into the unknown with only what he could carry on his back. Now, after many trials and tribulation (including a broken hand!) the project is nearing completion.
After a busy 2014/15 of touring in the UK and mainland Europe, appearing as a guest teacher at Thomas Leeb’s world renowned guitar bootcamp in the mountains of Austria, having his music published in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and being invited to join the MiSi pickup family, Matt returned to the studio at the start of the new year to write and record a new album the extremely talented songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Cartwright.
“Matt’s music takes guitar virtuosity, blends acoustic folk with progressive metal, fills it with melodic hooks, and then cathartically expunges his darkest hopes and brightest fears at whomever dares to listen.” – Jon Gomm
“Matt is a one man sledgehammer of in your face emotion and raw talent, do not miss” – Mike Dawes
“Matt has a powerful stage presence and knows his way around the guitar. I expect to hear great things from him.” – Thomas Leeb
“Passionate and Powerful” – Chris Woods
“one of the most important acoustic guitarists of his generation” – Gottinger Tageblatt
“highly-skilled, compellingly entertaining” Guardian Music
“instantly an addictive listen” Back Seat Mafia
“Matt is a master” Dancing About the Architecture
“beautiful modern folk.” – Tertium Quid
“one to look out for.” – IndieMusicNews
“an outstanding guitar virtuoso” – Icarus Club