February 3rd, 2014

The Hydrostone Pt. II

Matthew Hornell – I Was Young When I left Home from HEAVYWEATHER on Vimeo.

Matthew Hornell, accompanied by his friends Andrew Sneddon and Matt Gallant, perform the Bob Dylan song I Was Young When I Left Home on the south side of St. John’s harbour in Newfoundland.

October 1st, 2013

Filled me heart with longing for…

Very excited to be coming home for several shows on the island.  St. John’s, Corner Brook, Grand Falls, Stephenville, Port Rexton.  All dates are posted on the website including a very special Dead Language Reunion show.



Matthew Hornell - Oct 11 Rockhouse

August 18th, 2013

Time on Tour

June 26th, 2013



Accompanied By: Andrew Sneddon (Steel Guitars) and Matthew Gallant (Percussion)


July, 2013

02. Tuesday – Cafe Cempoal Calavera Negra // Halifax, NS
03. Wednesday – Governor’s // Sydney, NS


04. Thursday – Clancy’s Pub // Stephenville, NL
(w/ Dylan Rose)
05. Friday – Crown & Moose // Corner Brook, NL (6-9pm)
05. Friday – The White Horse Lounge // Corner Brook, NL
(w/ Dust Radio)
06. Saturday – The White Horse Lounge // Corner Brook, NL
(w/ The Secret Connection)
07. Sunday – Galliott Studios // Woody Point, NL
08. Monday – Fisherman’s Landing Inn // Rocky Harbour, NL
09. Tuesday – Barney’s // Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
10. Wednesday – Legends // Gander, NL
12. Friday – The Rock House // St. John’s, NL
(w/ Thom and The Tomcats)
13. Saturday – Two Whales // Port Rexton, NL
14. Sunday – LSPU Hall (Second Space) // St. John’s, NL

15. Monday – Crossing the Atlantic Ocean


16. Tuesday – Cedar Hill Schoolhouse // Woodstock, NB
17. Wednesday – TBA
18. Thursday – The Red Garnet // Peterborough, ON
(w/ Mayhemingways)
19. Friday – The Cork Town // Hamilton, ON
20. Saturday – The Cornerstone // Guelph, ON
(w/ Milk & Honey)
21. Sunday – Brantford House Concert // Brantford, ON
22. Monday - Two Doors Down // Brantford, ON
23. Tuesday – The Cameron House // Toronto, ON
24. Wednesday – The Moonshine Cafe // Oakville, ON
25. Thursday – TBA
26. Friday - Le Cagibi // Montréal, QC
27. Saturday – Le Bal Du Lézard // Québec, QC
28. Sunday – Bridge Street Cafe // Sackville, NB

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March 5th, 2013

East Coast Music Week 2013


Hello Folks !

East Coast Music Week 2013 will in two days. If I may direct to you the events where some good friends and I will be performing. Also it’s been two weeks since the release of Have It All. Thank you everybody that has support so far. I sincerely appreciate it.

March 6 – 10th

I have included the specific times to my sets, because, it’s a busy week and I should attempt to be as close to precise as possible. Trust me it’s not my favourite thing to do. I’m excited and honoured to be included in the 25th anniversary of ECMA, and to be performing with such a variety of talents.

Hope to see you out and about, buy the new jams, stay warm.

ECMA 2013
Wednesday (6th)
The Company House
Songwriter’s Circle – 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Also Performing: Sherry Ryan, Kim Harris and Dana Beeler.

Thursday (7th)
The Company House
ECMA Songwriters – 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Also Performing: Mo Kenney, Les Hay Babies, Gabrielle Papillon, Breagh MacKinnon, Fleur Mainville. (set: 9:20pm – 9:50pm)

Friday (8th)
One Block Barbershop
2010 Gottingen St. – 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Also Performing: Kim Harris, Stewart Legere, Dark For Dark, Laura Peek. (set: 12:00pm – 1:00 am)

Saturday (9th)
ECMA Member’s Lounge
Bluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax – 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Also Performing: Christina Martin, Christine Campbell, Ian Sherwood, Charlie A’Court, Stewart Legere.
(set: 10:00pm – 10:25pm)

Sunday (10th)
Post ECMA Awards Show Party
Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax – 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Also Performing: Tim Chaisson, The Divorcees, The Meds, Dominique Dupuis.

There is so much great music happening this weekend and a bunch of my pals are also performing throughout the week. Too many to name but all of them… delights.

January 18th, 2013

Have It All

Have It All - Cover (Low)

HAVE IT ALL  (New Album)

January 19, 2013 - PRE-ORDER:
February 19, 2013  - RELEASE DATE

Details of our Newfoundland Labrador Tour in February. 

Listen to the tracks, if you enjoy and would like to support – please do !  Thank you for your time.

June 12th, 2012

Anthem of The Sun

Hello folks,

a 13 hour drive to Montreal tomorrow.  I’ve been meaning to post something for a while, but I never know what to say. Now, late in the evening I can’t sleep knowing that this information and this post is remains incomplete.

Surf this site to find radical new material and  all UPCOMING PERFORMANCES.

Some things that are coming up performance wise:

  • North By North Eeast (NXNE) – Matthew Gallant (percussion) and I will be travelling to Toronto for the North By North East Festival, the Flaming Lips are performing somewhere within the madness, hope to get there.  Shows in : Brantford, ON / Peterborough, ON / Toronto, ON/ Moncton, NB.
  • Maritime Touring in June  - Joanna Barker is heading to the mainland with her new/debut album! The CD has been a trusted companion of mine and you should have that record!  Lovely driving disc.
  • Summer Cross Canada Tour – My good pals from The Modern Grass have asked me to join them for a portion of their summer tour!  There will be dates all across Canada, stay tuned.  Check out for their touring schedule and to listen to their new album!
  • Newfoundland Dates - in August I will be heading home for only a few dates mainly in central and the west coast of the island. Avalon if possible!


Newfoundland in May, it was incredible. Thank you everyone! Gros Morne was a delight. These new musicians and I have  forged a record from the depth of Riverport, NS.  The Old Confidence Lodge – appropriate enough.  It was there I encountered some very wonderful people, and had the good company of several friends and partners from Halifax.  Very excited to share the new recordings, I think there will be a pre-sale option, and vinyl.

On a personal note several things have happened in my life,  I do not know how much I should address publicly. I should say that I have been spending the last few days thinking about my grandmother Emberley. Mother of fourteen children, including my mother, she  passed away early last week.  She was a true, genuine person. She will be missed and remembered by many.   That very same week my grandfather Hornell was inducted into the Newfoundland Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.  His contributions were beyond the game of hockey, spending his efforts centralizing the Boys and Girls Club in Buchans. Congrats also to my brother on his newest culinary adventures. nice man.

I hope to elaborate more on these sentiments and other stories shortly.  For one reason or another, I find it difficult to make these kinds of online posts.  I thank you very much for your continued support in my work. I cannot say it enough.  Thank you.

- Matthew

April 25th, 2012

May 2012 – NL Tour (w/ Full Band) Opening Sets By: The Modern Grass (NS)




(Performances in: Corner Brook; Grand Falls-Windsor; St. John’s; and Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park.)

On Wednesday May 9th, 2012, Matthew Hornell (NL) and The Modern Grass( NS) will begin their two week tour. The tour will begin in Corner Brook, NL continuing to Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, St. John’s, NL, and the Trails Tales and Tunes Festival in Norris Point, NL.

In the past few months, Hornell has been spending time in Halifax working with local friends and musicians to craft the final material of hi sophomore album. The new LP will be recorded at The Old Confidence Lodge (Chad Vangaalen, Matt Mays, Joel Plaskett) and will feature world-class performers: Tom Terrell (piano/harmonica/vocals) Andrew Sneddon (resonator guitar/steel/vocals), Adam Pye (bass), Matt Gallant (percussion/vocals). The musicians, the studio, and the new direction of Hornell’s material are all indicators of a strong, eclectic sophomore album

Recently, Matthew Hornell and his new pals have been keeping very busy – multiple ECMA showcases including the Gala Awards Show, performing to sold-out shows at the Seahorse in Halifax, NS (Slowcoaster / The Idlers & Mark Bragg) and touring around the Maritime provinces. The High on the Mountain: Newfoundland Tour will be the Islanders first chance to enjoy the country, bluegrass, roots and sweet picking of Mordern Grass (NS).

The Modern Grass presents there second studio album ‘High on The Mountain’. H.O.T.M. was recorded live in 2 days at CBC Studio H in Halifax, NS. The record was produced and engineered by Karl Falkenham. In his years at the CBC Karl has worked with musical icons such as Ray Charles, Herb Ellis, and David Grisman, and produced a Juno award winning blues album for Garrett Mason. The Modern Grass will take the album on the road this spring/summer with over 50 dates across the country from Whitehorse to Gros Morne be sure to catch the Modern Grass, High on the Mountain, in a city near you.

Concert details, HD video, and information on performers can be found online at and . Hornell and his new lineup are start their two week tour in Corner Brook, NL on May 9th and ending in Gros Morne National Park at the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival May 20th.


Matthew Hornell is a singer and a songwriter from Newfoundland and Labrador. His debut album Matthew Hornell and The Diamond Minds was awarded four Music NL Awards – including Entertainer of the Year and the Rising Star Award. Spending over half the past year touring, Hornell has been spending time learning and wielding the music that will create his sophomore album.

Matthew Hornell is a constant entertainer and consummate performer. With the release of his debut album and his extensive touring history Hornell has firmly established himself as a vital new voice in the songwriting community of Atlantic Canada.


The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 and is already kicking up dust in the Canadian music scene with a successful Canadian tour and a debut album nominated for Music Nova Scotias’ Best Country/Bluegrass album of the year. The MG is acoustically inspired jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical and folk music. The Quintet pays tribute to a number of musical traditions, but leaves plenty of room for innovation and improvisation. Complex arrangements translate seamlessly, and Terrell’s down home songs and lyrics are a sharp and comforting contrast to the tasteful, yet avante garde musicianship. The Modern Grass is a breath of fresh air.

“The Modern Grass” features violinist extraordinaire Donald Maclennan, (TZE, Mishras Dream, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers) hard driving Double bass player Adam Pye ( Laura Merrimen, The moonshine Ramblers, The Bluejam Grass Band), Halifax premier resonator guitar player, Andrew Sneddon (Laura Merrimen, The moonshine Ramblers, The Bluejam Grass Band), the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi, Dan MacCormack, and Tom Terrell. Terrell has released 4 full length Albums and 1 Ep, all of which were released through his own label. With his trademark harmonica and guitar sounds and incorporation of blues, jazz, country and soul, Tom Terrell has built a distinctive musical persona.

More information available at /

Matthew Hornell

February 15th, 2012

In The Falling Dark

Hello Friends,

what a week it’s been! Many of my pals have been doing some great work that I’d like to share with you.  Things have also been going very well on this end thanks to some great people in my life. So, happy belated Happy Valentine’s Day folks, a day for thinking about being kind and considerate to one another – I think.  I hope it was a good day for you. Happy Birthday to Sarah, Ethan and Mr. Adam Pye (bass machine)!

  • Tonight, February 15th I’m going to be taking part in a songwriter circle at The Company House.  What a treat it’s going to be.  Playing with three terrific songwriters:  Ria Mae, Morgan MacDonald, Gabrielle Papillion.  The objective of the evening, aside from having a great time, is to share and discuss the writing process for the tunes we play.  I’ve been spending a significant amount of time working on some new tunes but am excited to be sharing them.
  • On Monday February 13th Andrew Sneddon, Adam Pye, Matt Gallant and I performed at The Carleton for their month of video filming.  Thank you very much to everyone that came out that night.  I think we won and will  be receiving the full set – stay tuned for those videos. Great performances by Mushkat, Seamus and Young River!
  • Some news about the performances at this year’s East Coast Music Awards (ECMAS) in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Their are a few things that are not fully confirmed, however for now it’s looking like many performances, some as a band,  some solo:

Wednesday – Soundwaves Program

Thursday -  Two for the Show: Live Performance Pitch Sessions (Delta – Ballroom – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM )

Friday – TBA

Saturday – TBA /

Sunday - Gala & Awards Show  (Casino New Brunswick Ballroom – 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM )

So last night I was treated to the wonderful, loving gift  of watching Bruce Cockburn.  Thank you so much Chrissy! Bruce sign two of the six LPs I brought to the concert.  ”In The Falling Dark” and “Humans”.  I purchased these records while working at Fred’s Records.  Thanks to the recommendations and praise from Tony Ploughman.

As a little gift to you, here are two videos from some friends of mine.  The first is Sunny Chances (with Sam Ryan, Jeff and a little cameo by myself), the second is Modern Grass (marvelous players! I’ve been having the privilege of sharing the stages with a few of the gentlemen playing. Very great folks!)

Keep warm and thanks for checking in.



Sunny  Chances – A Gift From Us All

Modern Grass – Waitin’ For The Sun

Most of the guys and a few others are going to be playing in Newfoundland in May. Some of the details are available but more coming soon.

February 3rd, 2012

Sunny Chances


Ria Mae, Gabrielle Papillon, Matt Hornell, Morgan MacDonald Song CircleTake it to the Tiki

Hello Folks,

I hope you’ve been keeping well. This post is long overdue and will be followed by many more to come.
The last few months have been intense, educational and hopefully fruitful. There are so many things to mention that it may take me a few days to post all the details.

1. You are awesome.
Thank you so much for the supoprt and for continuing to believe in my work.
2. In The Dead of Winter 2012.
It was only last year, when I was playing the IDOW 2011 festival, what a great time that was. This year I was able to catch a few great shows and support the Newfoundland Labrador contingent. Performances from Repartee, Matthew Byrne and Andrew James O’Brien

3. Shows coming up.

Take It To the Tik  (February 3rd, 2012)

-Video Filming at the Carleton  (February 13th, 2012)

Company House with Morgan MacDonald, Ria Mae and Gabrielle Papillon.   (February 15th, 2012)

4. Album Update

- New songs coming along nicely ( Demos Coming Soon)

- The project has received funding from Newfoundland Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) and Music NL.  Their support is greatly appreciated.

- Studio booked, players are in order, getting pumped.

- Record slated for September 2012.

5. ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) 2012

-Several ECMA Official Showcases – Soundwaves Program (community), Two For the Show and the Gala Award Show!

-It`s going to in Moncton this year, so I suspect spending time at Plan B Lounge with the crew.


So I am going to make a strong effort  to keep making frequent, relevant and interesting posts here at  Thank you very much for checking in, please come back soon.

Stay warm,