Matthew Olwell
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Matthew Olwell has been performing and teaching as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. He was immersed in a world of music, dance and theater from an early age, traveling with his family’s wooden-flute making business. He has studied with some of the finest teachers in traditional music and dance, including Baakari Wilder, Donny Golden, Eileen Carson, and The Fiddle Puppets. In 2010 Matthew was accepted to the first ever tap program at Jacob’s Pillow, where he studied with, among others, Harold Cromer, Derick K. Grant and Dianne Walker. Matthew danced for nine years with the Maryland-based Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, with whom he performed in Riverdance. Matthew has performed with Lunasa, Tim O’Brien, Matapat, David Munnelly, Corey Harris, and Bassekou Kouyate, and with Eileen Ivers in her show "Beyond the Bog Road." Matthew regularly performs with the band Maivish, and is releasing a self-produced solo recording entitled CyberTrad in 2016. More at

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At 10:20 on November 14, 2015, Jane Hannah Ruppe said…
Hey Matt, this site has grown hugely since I first joined! There's lots here! Sláinte!
At 19:52 on February 2, 2013, K said…

Hi Matt,

I am a classically trained flutist and would like to take a series of  wooden flute lessons while I visit Ireland in the summer of 2013. I read that you have many connections in the traditional music world. Would you be able to recommend a teacher or two in Ireland willing to give lessons to a trad beginner, but not a beginning musician? I am flexible about location. Thanks, Kieran Fell  

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