Matthew Olwell
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Mar 21, 2017
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"Humbled to even suggest this, but hey, why not? Vote CyberTrad for best album of 2016:"
Jan 7, 2017
Matthew Olwell joined Anton Emery's group

Flute Players

A discussion group for celtic tunes played on flute, whether it be wooden, metal, delrin, or somewhere in between.See More
Nov 17, 2016
Matthew Olwell posted a status
"First solo CD nearing completion! Head on over to Kickstarter to support:"
Jun 6, 2016
Matthew Olwell commented on Tradconnect Reviews's page Ireland - Irish Traditional Music Session Listing
"There's a nice little session in Tralee, Co. Kerry on Friday nights led by Nicky McAuliffe. It's at The Pikeman Bar in the Grand Hotel."
Apr 18, 2016
Matthew Olwell posted a status
"Performing in Anam, a new dance piece that will premier in Tralee at Siamsa Tíre this Friday. Come see us if you are around..."
Apr 18, 2016
Matthew Olwell commented on Matthew Olwell's status
"Yeah Christopher, I love all that stuff. Jean Michel is an amazing musician. His play kills me every time. "
Apr 18, 2016
Matthew Olwell posted a status
"I will be teaching a "flute from scratch" class at Augusta Irish Week this summer: Come play with me!"
Mar 8, 2016
Matthew Olwell posted a status
"Snowy day in WV. Drinking tea and listening to Barzaz..."
Jan 25, 2016
professor moriarty commented on Matthew Olwell's status
"thank you for a lovely message there are rules on the site for people passing derogatory remarks"
Nov 18, 2015
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"I have a couple of shows next weekend in DC & Charlottesville, VA. Details here:"
Nov 16, 2015
Matthew Olwell posted a status
"Interested in people who compose music within the traditional idiom (the "Junior Crehans of trad" if you will). Anyone care to comment?"
Nov 14, 2015
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Nov 14, 2015
Matthew Olwell left a comment for Jane Hannah Ruppe
"Indeed! Seems like a good resource..."
Nov 14, 2015
Jane Hannah Ruppe left a comment for Matthew Olwell
"Hey Matt, this site has grown hugely since I first joined! There's lots here! Sláinte!"
Nov 14, 2015
Matthew Olwell posted a status
"Been having a blast learning Breton tunes on a cornamuse, recently acquired from Paul Beekhuizen. Favorite music from Brittany, go!"
Nov 13, 2015

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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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