Matthew Frederick

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Folk

Location: Wales


Hailing from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, singer, songwriter, composer and some-time television presenter MATTHEW FREDERICK blends a childhood love of the early works of Elton John and Billy Joel with more recent influences including Ben Folds and John Grant to create a distinctive sound somewhere between Math-Folk and Cymrucana.

Releasing debut EP 'Venus & Mars' in 2012, Matthew has since made a number of radio and television appearances, collaborated with Ed Sheeran co-writer and Grammy award-winning Amy Wadge, and penned original music for Sony-signed Only Boys Aloud.

Recorded in front of an intimate crowd in December 2014, the following Spring saw Matthew release his 'Live At Long Row' album, before landing his own television show as the writer, presenter and co-producer of 'Staylittle Sessions' for MADE TV.

As a co-founder of BBC Introducing favourites Climbing Trees, Matthew has performed live in the UK, Europe and US, supported jazz supremo Jamie Cullum, appeared with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recorded at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios as well as releasing two critically-acclaimed albums; 2013 debut 'Hebron' and follow-up 'Borders', shortlisted for the 2016 Welsh Music Prize.

Alongside recent solo appearances at the likes of Green Man Festival, Festival No.6, The Hay Festival, Brecon Jazz and FOCUS Wales, as well as playing his first US headline show, Matthew is also a fixture in the live bands of fellow Welsh singer-songwriters Al Lewis and Aled Rheon, and regularly writes and performs with former Decca artist Jodie Marie. Following a one-off single release with US label Spirit Charity earlier this year, Matthew is currently working on his first full-length studio album, earmarked for release later in 2019.