Matty Finn is how he’s known on stage, Matthew Finnigan is his given name and his friends call him Finny. A music lover from as far back as he can remember (thanks to his parents and older siblings), Matt has been singing since he was a child. Never having learned to play an instrument, he found his way to karaoke bars in the early 90’s and quickly became a crowd favorite. He was even showcased on a local morning radio show twice after winning weekly contests. After seeing & hearing a hot local acoustic duo in the Albany area by the name of Strange Arrangement, Matt decided to take his love of music to another level. In 1995 at the age of 26, Matt purchased his first guitar. One free lesson from the music store came with his purchase and he then took a handful of lessons from Dan Sherwin and Kevin Thompson - both of Strange Arrangement. Self taught from that time on, Matt was able to showcase his talent by jumping on stage with a few different bands and solo acts from time to time. Finally, in May of 1997 Matt was able to book his first public solo acoustic gig at Kelty’s Iron Horse Pub in Albany (now Lynn’s Uptown Sports Bar). He remembers the incredible support at that first gig with about 60 people in a venue that normally carried around 25 people for a gig. “Oh what a night” he remembers, and the rest is history.
Now after a brief hiatus from 1999-2009 (lol), Matt is back out there again and lovin every minute of it. He brings you anything and everything from Elvis, The Beatles & The Grateful Dead to Garth Brooks, Green Day & Jason Mraz and even an original or two as well. With his forever growing song list which is currently at 450 plus songs, Matt is sure to please any music lover. From the 50’s thru Today including Classic Rock, Country, Blues and even some Celtic, Matt brings it all to the stage and leaves nothing behind.
From 1996-1999 Matt Finnigan gave the capital district a little shock with his captivating voice and electric personality behind the microphone with an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder. After a 10 year hiatus, "Matty Finn" sprung back onto the solo acoustic scene in 2009 and is now "full speed ahead" with his upbeat trademark sound. No drum machines, no "loops" and no gadgets - Ya get the "real thing" from this guy - Untouched vocals and true acoustic guitar. From his forever growing library of incredible music, his crowd pleasing "antics" and his easy going persona, be sure to catch Matty Finn at a club near you!!!