Matthew Kilford

Matthew Kilford

 Swindon, England, GBR
BandFolkAcoustic

If you can picture yourself sat in the Troubadour in West Hollywood in the 70's, you'd probably be close to what I'm about musically.

Biography

Matthew Kilford is a Swindon born singer/songwriter who currently resides in the relative serenity of the Oxfordshire countryside. With songs that highlight his extraordinary voice and skillful guitar playing, whilst retaining hooks and a unique songwriting slant, this is something far more magical than another acoustic troubadour furrowing his brow. After a handful of powerful performances, Matthew is already creating a buzz on the live circuit having supported The Low Anthem in New York plus playing with Andy Yorke, Dawn Kinnard and Seth Lakeman. He has crafted a set of tunes that possess echoes of Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey and Joni Mitchell without actually sounding like any of them. Autumn 2008 saw the release of his first four track E.P. entitled “House on the Hill", which was chosen for radio play on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing show, and Mojo's "Church of Dave". In 2009, Matthew was selected to play at the Radio One Big Weekend Official Fringe festival, and at Camden Crawl (he's been welcomed back to play this year). He also provided a highly acclaimed cover of Hank Williams' "Calling You" for the compilation album "Sacred Songs For Worrying Times", which sat comfortably alongside contributions from Richard Hawley, Noah and the Whale and David Arnold. Keen to play more festivals, Matthew entered the Glastonbury Emerging competition 2010, and reached the final 10 of the public voting stage (out of 1,600 entries).
Last year also saw Matthew Appear on the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood festival and Guilfest on the acoustic stage.
This year, Matthew will continue to tour the UK and release new music in 2011.
He has also just won a slot supporting Brit award winner Laura Marling and The Magic Numbers after the BBC and Stephen Budd (Mama) chose him to perform. The event is part of a BBC 1 documentary coming out this year.

Discography

House on the Hill 2009

Sacred songs for worrying time compilation 2009

Funeral Circus 2011