Northwind Arts Center welcomes Matt Sircely, Tuesday February 12 at
2:00pm, in a free concert at Avamere at Port Townsend, 1201 Hancock
Street in Port Townsend.
Matt Sircely is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical
interests span the worlds of folk and fiddle music, classic blues and country,
vintage swing and bluegrass, and music from cultures across the continent
and around the world. His instrumental work blends traditional and
innovative approaches to mandolin, guitar, and four-string tenor guitar.
Matt Sircely started writing songs when he was still young enough to climb
the Philly Folk Fest mainstage scaffolding while his father shot photos for
the local paper. His mother had been a folk music DJ in the ’60s, and Matt
grew up spinning her records and tuning in Gene Shay’s folk show. Fifteen
years later, Matt was among the songwriters invited by Shay to represent
Philadelphia at the NE Folk Alliance conference. Gigging through college as
a songwriter, Sircely first studied guitar formally in Central America. A jazz
improvisation course was his introduction to mandolin. Moving to the
Northwest, Sircely became a founding member of the Seattle-based swing
band Hot Club Sandwich. The group toured the West Coast, performing
and recording with the great Dan Hicks in 2010. The same year, Matt
appeared on the cover of Mandolin Magazine.
A California tour with banjoist Danny Barnes yielded a live duo album in
2013. Two years later, Barnes produced Sircely’s first release of all-original
songs, some of which were fashioned as ‘remixes’ in Humdinger Process.
Sircely now plans to release a larger collection of songs with Barnes
appearing on electric bass alongside award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette.
Sircely co-produced the 2018 release from Hot Club Sandwich, No
Pressure, features a guest appearance from master mandolinist David
Grisman. No Pressure rose to #18 of the Folk DJ charts, also the Top 30 of
the CMJ Jazz charts and the Relix/Jamband charts. One of Sircely’s songs
served as theme music for the program Freetown Radio in Lafayette, LA for
over a year. No Depression magazine described it as “timeless.” Here’s the
The Arts to Elders concert series is an outreach service of Northwind Arts
Center in cooperation with Port Townsend’s five senior residential care
centers. The concerts rotate among the centers but are open and free to all.