Matt Winkworth (and the Winkworthers Originals)
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Matt Winkworth (and the Winkworthers Originals)

Oxford, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Oxford, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Band Jazz Cabaret


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"Gig Review"

"[A] consistently entertaining blend of cabaret and pop: Weimer-era music hall [...], a grand operetta full of geeky drama, frantic polkas and almost stately waltzes, wordy and often emotionally taught for all the campness around its edges" - Nightshift, Dec 2011 - Nightshift

"Flipron/Borderville/Hearts in Pencil/Matt WInkworth"

Listening to Matt Winkworth tonight is like listening to Stephen Fry tinkling the ivories and doing his best Noel Coward impression. - Nightshift

"The World Is Not Flat/Band of Hope/Matt Winkworth/Faceometer"

In another era he’d be a music hall star, but there’s more to him than that. Claiming to be ‘anti-indie’, his music recalls an earlier era of gentleness and sophistication, in the best senses - Nightshift

"Gig review: The Wheatsheaf, Oxford, Wednesday 11th August 2010"

A set of articulate, delicate, thoughtfully-constructed lyrical works, backed by a sympathetically woven solo keyboard performance.
Slightly off the wall? Perhaps, but a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to hearing more of Matt Winkworth in the future. - This Reality Podcast

"Thomas Truax/Spring Offensive/Matt Winkworth, The Jericho Tavern"

Matt Winkworth, usually seen around the Oxford music circuit playing solo, was accompanied by a sterling band tonight. From French horn to violin, they suited his music well, adding an extra dimension of drama and depth. Whichever way you look at it, Matt always delivers a deliriously enjoyable mixture of dark cabaret; musical theatre at its most Sondheim and Regina Spektor at her most playful. The highlight of his set still remains ‘4am’, an achingly sad tribute to a love that never was. He keeps this one for himself – like a true diva of the musical theatre –and performs this solo on his keyboard. - Oxfordshire Music Scene

"Live Review"

Listening to Matt Winkworth tonight is like listening to Stephen Fry tinkling the ivories and doing his best Noel Coward impression. Whether he’s singing about cardigans, or simply promoting his Myspace page there’s a wonderful playful humour to his lyrics and stage presence. - Nightshift (June 2009)

"Live Review"

[Matt Winkworth's] solo piano ruffles a few burlesque, jazzy, music hall feathers with songs in memory of Lolo Ferrari (her of the enormous knockers[...]), people who have killed themselves and also, possibly, cats. He’s lovably camp, delicately gentle in his delivery and hates the set list he’s chosen for being too morbid when it should be happy. But he’s good fun, self deprecating and a nice end to the first half of the day. -

"Demo CD Review"

Each song has the potential to be a Broadway number, filled with over exaggerated backing vocals and theatrical melodies and whilst it’s difficult to figure exactly how one would plot a play around songs about Lolo Ferrari and the 10 O’clock watershed, we’re sure, given half a chance, Matt would find a way. - Oxfordshire Music Scene

"Live Review"

The Rules decree that singer-songwriters should be tedious drips who believe that listlessly strumming a guitar and moaning about something or other at the same time makes them the natural and inevitable heir to Bob Dylan. Thankfully, for Matt Winkworth, the Rules are made to be broken. Your average common-or-garden singer-songwriter he is not, channelling the (melo)dramatic flourish of Rufus Wainwright into a performance that takes in a song written from the perspective of A Midsummer Night's Dream's Puck and a tribute to tragic Eurotrash star Lola Ferrari which succeeds in being as poignant as it is witty, before wrapping up with a cover of Burt Bacharach's 'Anyone Who Had A Heart'. - Silent Words Speak Loudest (blog)


9½ Songs (mini-album, 2010)
Life on Earth (album, 2006)



I perform theatrical, anti-indie songs at the piano, either solo or alongside a fantastic eight-piece ensemble of experienced musicians (strings, brass, guitars, orchestral percussion - we have been flatteringly compared to Danny Elfman and Sufjan Stevens).

I write songs to tell stories, often with wry humour, and attempt to keep an audience engaged both musically and lyrically. My interest in storytelling includes a fascination with fairytales, magic, and fantasy, immersive theatre, interactive art, and cabaret - I love when the lines between fantasy and reality become hazy.

My music is influenced by musical theatre, contemporary classical music, and many wonderful songwriters: Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, Bjork, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and Tori Amos, to name but a few.

I gig frequently in Oxford and London. Some of my most noteworthy gigs lately included curating an evening of music at Modern Art Oxford, supporting Thomas Truax, supporting Sam Amidon, and headlining at a 1000-capacity Art Deco cinema venue.

PLEASE NOTE: IF REQUIRED I CAN PERFORM SOLO, OR WITH A REDUCED ENSEMBLE. The audio tracks above are from my solo release, so regrettably do not represent the sound of the full live band. "Sea" and "Tea" give a flavour of my orchestration style.