Biography

“A rising Star…and a really lovely guy too! The crowd were mesmerised”  
– Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales
Hailed as one of the most exciting new singer-songwriters on the acoustic music scene, Matthew Shepherd is a 24 year-old singer-songwriter who has been delighting audiences in London, Essex and beyond with his collection of self penned songs. His debut studio album ‘Top of the tree’ was released in June 2015 and only took a day for the album to break into the iTunes Top 100 Singer/Songwriter Album Chart. His songs cover the happiness and heartbreak of love, with his warm, intimate and delicate style.
In 2016, Matthew released an Acoustic EP entitled ‘The Sea’, which reached the Acoustic Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Music of September 2016. Matthew also embarked on an extensive national tour which included dates at Ronnie Scott’s and 3 dates on the Isle of Wight.

With club and concert performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew released his second studio album ‘Waiting Up At Night’ in July 2018 – warm, gentle and affecting folk music from the heart.


“A rising star…and a really lovely guy too! The Crowd were mesmerised” – Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales
“Music to get you through the week” – FATEA (Mike Davies)
“Matthew’s warm, distinctive voice is easy on the ear…each song rolling into the next” – RnR Magazine
“An album bursting with delicate charm and spectacularly intimite songwriting…Matthew has crafted one of those rare albums that manages to keep you utterly entranced from beginning to the very end”God Is In The TV (Elliott Musgrave) 
‘The Sea’ – 2016 release:
“Each song is like a fluffy white cloud on a Summers day” – Sketches in Travel (Gavin Darvell)
“He reminds me of Lewis Watson…perfect festival music” – Shining Lights (George Ladds)
“Just beautiful…he gave me shivers” – Michelle Ward (Breakfast Presenter – Phoenix FM)
‘Top of the Tree’ – 2015 release:
“I was moved to spine tingling moments of emotion”

Previous Venues include:
Folk on the Dock (Liverpool), Loughton Folk Club, Crawley Folk Festival, The Harrison (London), The Troubadour (London), Ronnie Scott’s (London), Pizza Express (London), Epping Folk Club, The Folkroom, Cliffs Pavilion (Southend-on-Sea), Woodfest, Aldeburgh Festival, Rickmansworth Festival, The Bedford (London), The Hawth Theatre, Sail Loft Folk Club, Stereo 92, Cult Café Ipswich, Kokomo Guildford, The Garage Islington, Westfield’s Stratford City, Proud Camden, Black Book Café Stroud. Isle of Wight: The Anchor Inn, The Lifeboat, The Piano Café.
Radio includes: BBC Essex, Phoenix FM, Chelmsford Community Radio, The Island Radio (IOW), Vectis FM, Saint FM, Forest Gold Radio, The Trevor Krueger Folk Show and more.
For full Archive of gigs click here.