Quiet Loner

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Singer-songwriter

Location: East Midlands

Website: quietloner.com

‘Bleakly beautiful.’ UNCUT 4/5
‘The Loner shines.’ DAILY MIRROR 4/5
‘Works of wonder’ R2 4/5
‘Possibly the most important record of the year' MAVERICK 5/5
‘An anthem for resistance’ AMERICANA UK 5/5
Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) is a storytelling singer-songwriter and community artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana.
Combining skillful picking with lyrical wordplay, his albums have been praised for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener. His songs draw inspiration from history but also speak of today’s fights and struggles. He’s toured extensively in venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. Career highs include playing a songwriters circle with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury, getting Americana UK Album of the Year back in 2004 and showcasing his songs at the English Folk Expo 2017.
His work as a community artist has included a year long songwriting residency in a museum, an album co-written with people at a homeless project and a stint as a resident musician in a prison. More recently he's been teaching protest songs to toddlers and co-writing songs with people living with dementia.