Matthew Ord
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Matthew Ord

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The best kept secret in music

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"Gig at The Loft, Cambridge"

“… Matthew Ord is undoubtedly an excellent guitarist, but more exciting is that he can convey the callous bravado and genuine emotion of Delta blues-men like the legendary Robert Johnson…” - Jos Betts, Local Secrets


"Gig at Jack Beard's, Tooting"

"Resurrecting the spirit of Robert Johnson and with the feel of 60's acoustic pioneers like John Fahey, Matthew Ord is that rare phenomenon … a young guitarist working a compelling mix of Country Blues and acoustic traditions, with verve, panache and total belief." - Pete Feenstra, Promoter


"Gig at The Bull's Head, Barnes"

Just wanted to say that Matthew Ord is someone who has impressed me greatly. He supported To The Bridge on Monday at the Bulls Head but we should have been supporting him. He is a real talent, wish i could play geetar like that man, Robert Johnson would be proud. Anyone reading this message who hasnt seen him, you got to get along and watch some of the best acoustic blues playing in the UK, brilliant. I haven't been able to pick up my guitar since seeing him!!!! - Matt Bullard, Guitarist, To The Bridge


Discography

Matt's first solo demo was recorded in September 2004 and features songs by, amongst others, Robert Johnson, Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt. A new thirteen - track CD will be available soon.

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Bio

Matthew Ord is a relative newcomer to the UK blues scene, but has already built a reputation as an exceptional player and vocalist. At twenty-five, Matthew has over ten years gigging experience under his belt, both in bands and as a solo performer. As well as being a fine electric guitarist, when it comes to acoustic blues Matt manages that rare feat of combining impressive technique with a real feel for the genre.

Although the delta and Piedmont blues of the 1930s is fundamental to his style, Matthew’s approach to the tunes that he performs owes an equal debt to great British and American folk musicians of the 1960s and 70s like John Fahey, Leo Kottke and John Renbourn. His live set includes arrangements of classic blues by Willie McTell and Skip James among others alongside traditional Irish tunes and original compositions inspired by the musical traditions of Ireland and America.

Since his decision early in 2005 to pursue a career as a solo guitarist Matthew has played a number of gigs at well-known venues such as The Bull’s Head Jazz Club in Barnes, The National Theatre on London’s South Bank and The Castlebar Blues Festival in Co. Mayo. Recently Matt has also been providing music for a series of plays at the National Theatre.

Matt says "A great deal of the music that I’ve come to love over the years I first came across in the bargain section of mainstream music shops. Its still possible to get a Carter family ‘best-of’ a 3 CD bluegrass box set and the complete Robert Johnson for about £25 - £30 in a lot of places. There are good collections by Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Nina Simone, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and others for about £2.99.

I’ve never been the sort of person that gets excited about virtuosity for its own sake. When you listen to Django or one of his followers such as Bireli Lagrene playing a solo, the important thing you get from their playing is their exuberance, their excitement. If all you get from watching a musician perform is a sense of awe at their technical ability either you’re not really listening or they’re not saying anything. (End of rant).

Saying Something: Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and McTell, Skip James, Will Oldham, Jimmie Rodgers, John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Davy Graham, Nick Drake, John Renbourn, Liam O’Flynn, The Louvin Brothers, Django Reinhardt, Nina Simone, Lester Young,

Lately I’ve discovered a number of exciting musicians from more recent times. Pierre Bensusan is smashing. Norman Blake and Tony Rice are top. I like Jolie Holland too. Oh, and the Indian slide player Debashish Bhattacharya. He’s ace."