For the past twelve years, Matthew has been delighting audiences with his sweet and cheerful style of playing the hammered dulcimer.
He developed a keen interest in the instrument in his early teens after learning a variety of other instruments, including guitar and penny whistle. Celtic music led him to discover the unique and pleasant sound of the Hammered Dulcimer.
His first dulcimer was one he built from scratch, and after teaching himself to play, he quickly became an accomplished artist with the talent and skill necessary to win the Mideast Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition in 2012. Shortly after this achievement, he entered and won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
As of 2018, Matthew has chosen music as a full time venture performing and teaching across the United States as well as in the studio and online. He released his first album in the summer of 2014 and will release his second in the summer of 2018.
With a genuine appreciation for great music and talent in multiple genres, he continues to reach for new heights in both style and performance as he represents himself as one of the best dulcimer players in the country.
Matthew resides with his wife and two sons in Aiken, South Carolina.