Jim Matei / Bio

Living in East Sooke, British Columbia.

Can be found at the Sooke Folk Club, James Bay Coffee House, Bluegrass Venues, 17 Mile Pub and other folk and musical coffee houses venues on Vancouver Island.

I write my own songs and melodies inspired by Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson, Stan Rodgers, John Prine, Norman Blake, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice to name just a few.

I started playing music at the age of 6 years. 2 of my brothers also played and by the time I was 14 years old, I began a band with Doug Johnston and Glen Ernst playing at the school.

When I first listened to Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson, my taste of music leaned towards bluegrass and acoustic folk music.

Having traveled to over 56 countries and living in Holland, Singapore, I had always remained an acoustic guitar/ mandolin player and enjoy writing melodies and songs about places and people.

I have recently sold a manufacturing business related to safety products and I can now devote time to my love of writing music and playing music.

My future goals are to write music about our global problems of the environment and write songs about positive solutions with the concepts of helping the world understand that change can happen with unified thoughts of a better way to live on this planet as humans. After all if we are the dominate creatures then we are all responsible for the Earth's future.

I hope you enjoy my music.


Jim Matei

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The Mighty Spirit Dog "Nitro"
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Folk / Bluegrass / Acoustic

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Sooke, BC, CA
Jim Matei