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Matthew Halley / Press

“A lovely, wistful slice of indie-folk about the bittersweet struggle to retain your childhood wonder and the joy of snowball fights.”

“Nominated for Best Folk/Americana Artist & Best Collaboration - Halley/McKeever/Palko”

WSTW 97.5 Wilmington - 2014 Homey Awards

"'Although they are often seen as disparate disciplines, I find that science and music operate for me in a very similar way', says Halley. 'Music for me is about pulling away the masks, allowing the notes and rhythm to translate an emotional state in the most raw form possible. The scientific method is similar, in that we pull away sources of bias. In tandem, music and science can work wonders.'"

"...carried by an unremitting banjo played by Matt Halley. The notes which come off in an almost accusatory way from Halley’s banjo seem to force some sort of realization from the protagonist." — from a review of "Should Have Known", from Shane Palko's album Good Times

"very interesting music, peaceful and dedicated"

Bridge Guitar Reviews

"super-earnest folk. Songs about fishing, dreaming, love and butterfly wings. Very pretty...play play play!"

KALX, Berkeley, CA


Dji Sam Soe Jazz Festival, Sukabumi, Indonesia.

“Matthew Halley...had a wonderful, easy-going and mellow/folky sound that reminded me of the 70's songwriters I love: Glen Frey & Don Henley; Dan Fogelberg; England Dan & John Ford Coley.”