Matthew Frederick
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GB Rhondda – Singer/Songwriter / Blues / Folk / Acoustic / Piano
Matthew Frederick

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Staylittle Music
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Troubling Times (Climbing Trees) Single 2021
Ab67616d0000b2737e51c1770d8ef013c5d19c9e Pink Blossom Snow Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b273f7240f0f1be09a354e9bb527 Laura Jones Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b273f97e222214ef356d7f08ffed Leave the Light On Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b27351b2bf84660970e58843978e Fragments Album 2020
Ab67616d0000b273fc9cebabe6c7b3c52f963539 Tell Me Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b2738543ef67691692eca4493cfc Hay-on-Wye Single 2019
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Somebody Else (Mahogany Fire Surround) Single 2019
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Borders: Acoustic B Sides (Climbing Trees) EP 2018
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Fall (Climbing Trees) Single 2017
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Lost (Climbing Trees) Single 2017
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Amber (Climbing Trees) Single 2016
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Tracks (Climbing Trees) Single 2016
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Borders (Climbing Trees) Album 2016
Ab67616d0000b273fc2454b77ae4a9e8083db0f7 Live at Long Row Album 2015
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Graves (Climbing Trees) Single 2015
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Hebron (Climbing Trees) Album 2013
Ab67616d0000b2739e2d547ee3cf8857f03ccb17 Venus & Mars Single 2012
Ab67616d0000b273a1fb134c2c564ac37ffff2b3 Sky Fall Down Single 2012
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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Caught In The Light (Mahogany Fire Surround) Album 2022
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder The Uprising (Mahogany Fire Surround) Album 2018
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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder An Uprising (Mahogany Fire Surround) Single 2018
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Hooded Stranger (Mahogany Fire Surround) Single 2018
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Ab67616d0000b273e45fd018ffe7b52da27c60e1 You'll Always Be My Girl Single 2019
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Matthew Frederick fuses an early love of classic singer-songwriters with more recent influences to create a distinctive and timeless blend of acoustic pop, indie folk, ballads and blues, plus a touch of Cymrucana and contemporary classical thrown in for good measure.

With headline shows in the UK, Europe and US under his belt, as well as fronting BBC Introducing favourites Climbing Trees, the Rhondda Valley musician has released five albums, two EPs and sixteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut solo EP Venus & Mars, with tracks being picked up by the likes of Netflix, Sky and ITV along the way.

Alongside numerous festival (Green Man, The Hay Festival) television (BBC, S4C) and radio (BBC Radio 1, 6 Music) appearances, Frederick has also recorded at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed Borders.

Spawning five singles in total, Frederick’s debut solo studio album Fragments was released via Staylittle Music a fortnight into the UK’s first Lockdown, a record on which he plays each and every instrument. Country-tinged lead single Tell Me was playlisted by the BBC as well as gaining airplay from Amazing Radio, while the late-summer haze of Hay-on-Wye quickly became his most-streamed track on Spotify. The delicate nostalgia of piano-led Pink Blossom Snow was followed by an ambitious quest to find every Laura Jones across the globe, before latest offering and long-time live favourite Leave The Light On rounded off an unusual 2020 with a first solo spin on BBC Radio 1, courtesy of fellow Welshman and new music enthusiast Huw Stephens.

An eventful 2021 witnessed the long-awaited return of the Trees with standalone single Troubling Times as well as a spontaneous sixty-six day expedition which saw Frederick become the first man from Penygraig to walk the coast of Wales – the seeds of a second solo album springing forth en route – before rounding the year off on keys for Martin Carr of The Boo Radleys, with a nineteen-date UK tour stopping off at a sold out Brixton Academy as part of The Charlatans’ 30th Anniversary Tour.

“So good… So beautiful… So pretty”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Matthew Frederick should now be recognised as one of Wales’ finest songwriters and performers”
New Sound Wales

“Little slices of perfect pop (albeit tinged with a folk and country flavour), chock-full of hooks and melodies destined to take up residence in the subconscious … a hugely enjoyable collection of beautiful songs”
RnR Magazine

“As I sit back listening to Fragments, I am transported to another world ... this is a real guitar-playing showcase”
Fresh On The Net

“It’s like the first rays of spring sunshine that’s endured a lot over the winter months”
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Some incredible material in his armoury at the moment … it’s a quality, quality record”
Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio

“A sheer delight ... if music pushes buttons, then this certainly pushes mine. Quite superb!”
FATEA Magazine

“A cross between Dylan’s 1960’s storytelling and Springsteen’s 1970’s rabble rousers”
Buzz Magazine

“Fragments is one of the finest albums to come out of Wales in the last five years”
From The Margins

"A wonderful collection of songs … each moment feels free and effortless”
Indie Band Guru

“A thing of beauty that gets better and deeper with every listen”
The Metaphorical Boat

“One of the names to look out for”
Metro

“Delicate and beautiful”
iSingMag

“Listen, melt, repeat”
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