MATTHEW FAGAN – 10 String guitarist endorsed Maton Ukulele player.
Matthew Fagan is a gifted virtuoso guitarist and composer of over 30 years of performance, composition and educational experience. Matthew has developed very unique and versatile performances and always suprises audiences with his modern interpretations of original arrangements, original compositions and virtuosity on guitar.
Matthew has toured and performed with international celebrities Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford. The tour with Billy Connolly was so successful that Billy made a gift of his own Banjo to Matthew as a token of his gratitude and was quoted saying:
Matthew is the best guest artist I have ever toured with.
From 2009-2011 Matthew was a finalist in the U.S.A Winfield Festival fingerstyle competition, the leading international fingerstyle competition in the world. Matthew has also performed at the Port Fairy Festival inc 2013, National Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival 2011, Bath Guitar Festival and performs regularly in Major Concert Venues, Folk Clubs and popular venues around Australia.
As a touring musician, Matthew has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Milton Parkes who toured with the Australian Opera legend Dame Nellie Melba throughout the United States of America in the early 20th century.
Matthew has entertained audiences in more than 120 countries worldwide as a soloist and with orchestra and bands including extensive touring across Europe, South America, Alaska, Canada, China, Japan and South East Asia as a guest artist with Princess Cruises.
Touring with Michael Crawford provided a great opportunity for Matthew to perform as a solo artist to some 60,000 people within 5 days, including the Adelaide Festival Centre and Melbourne Park. Matthew played to capacity audiences for Billy Connolly at the Melbourne Concert Hall, The Capitol Theatre in Sydney and at the Sydney Opera House. He performed for Shirley Bassey with a full orchestra at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Matthew has also performed for his holiness the Dalai Lama at the parliament of World Religions.
Highlight Solo performances to date include: ten years consecutive performances at the Melbourne International Festival; The Victorian Arts Centre; Performance in the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, London, England; Jazz clubs in Brighton, England, New York and New Orleans.
Matthew has performed Solo guitar, Flamenco Shows and with Irish and “Gypsy Jazz” ensembles better known as “Gypsy Fire” at festivals i.e. Cygnet Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Festival and Major Concert arenas i.e Performing Arts Centres and has amazed corporate clients as diverse as Domaine Chandon, The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, National Gallery of Australia, Federation Square and Crown Casino.
Matthew is also a consummate composer with many commissions to his credit including being Commissioned as a composer and director by the Victorian Government and Pan Events for a World Music Orchestra for the Australia Day Concerts performed to audiences over 20,000.
The Celtic Suite was Matthew’s first composition for orchestra and was performed at the Melbourne Town Hall, The National Gallery of Victoria, Government House Victoria, Bailleau Myer Residence and St John’s Southgate by the Orana Chamber Orchestra (and features on his 2nd album Indigo Moon). In 2000 Matthew was a recipient of a Victoria Arts Council Grant for “The New Celtic Suite”. This has led to a further 12 commissions to compose for orchestra up to 2010.
Matthew is a graduate in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and has studied with masters John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Joe Pass, John Maclauchlan, Slava Grigoryan, Bob Brozman and Tommy Emmanuel amongst others.
Matthew loves to perform for audiences and is entertaining, engaging and encourages audience participation in hilarious situations. This includes Matthew’s own “guitar challenge” where he performs audience requests spontaneously in his show. Stories from his life of travel and entertaining are a special feature of his show. Matthew is an exhilarating, breathtaking and captivating performer and his shows are not to be missed.
Voyages Community Multicultural Performing Arts Project
From 1997 to the present Matthew has been the music director and main facilitator for the Voyages Community Multi-cultural Performing Arts Project.
In 2004-2010 Matthew was commissioned as Music Director/Composer by the Victorian Government and Pan Events of “Voyages” Australia Day Public Concert, at Federation Square to audiences of over 20,000 people. The Voyages project was funded by the Australian Arts Council and Vic Health in 2004 for a regional tour to 8 Victorian Communities with a budget of over $450,000.
Matthew was the recipient of funding through the The City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund and on the 24th of June, 2012, presented ‘Voyages” at the St Kilda Town Hall, with over 200 Multicultural and local Community Artists performing to a full house.
The Voyages Project also received funding from the City of Kingston and the Victorian Government- Victorian Multicultural Commission, and Bendigo Bank- Highett and on the 27th of October, 2012 another large scale concert was presented at the Kingston City Hall.
Matthew Fagan Discography and Album Information
Voyages and Journeys
One Day in Nashville
Point of Departure – Album currently available at concerts