Honored to be featured on their first episode, I recently contributed five songs and discussed them with the hosts of a new video podcast out of Vermont: Transist: Amplify Peace. Along with two newly written songs on the new octave mando (literally a giant mandolin), the song list also included Back of the Line, which aired nationally this spring on the syndicated #Bradcast hosted by Brad and Desi of bradblog.com in Los Angeles. Click here to hear the song — plus read the background of how the song came about, and a link to how it sounded over the radio within the context of our national struggle to secure voting rights.

My first public performance in ages was at Finnriver in Chimacum, and Danny Barnes played tuba for half the show with yours truly on mandolin. The crowd was spectacular to see spread across the green. The setting was serene and thoughtfully safe. Thank you, Finnriver!

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After more than a year of missing everyone and especially that sense of festival togetherness, I’m thrilled to kick off my own 2021 festival season with an event that feels just like its name sounds: The Subdued Stringband Jamboree. In 2019, it was a blessing to perform at Subdued last year with Jeff Scroggins on banjo. This year, I’ll perform solo on the side stage on Friday afternoon (8/13), and I’ll again offer a workshop: Mandolin Essentials. Also note: my friend Epi Martinez from South Texas and his beloved mother Cruz Martinez will appear on the Subdued mainstage, both members of the Tejano Roots Music Hall of Fame. I recently joined Epi on stage a few times in Port Townsend, contributing mandolin to his brilliant bajo sexto work and doing my best to sing his mother’s high harmonies.

As our nation continues to (hopefully) awaken from the pandemic, feel free to pitch performance ideas to matt <at> mattsircely.com or ask a question on the contact page. Self-produced farm concerts, porch performances, barn dances and grange hall shows can all be among the best, and I’m always willing to consider approaching your favorite local venue. Have mandolin, will travel, fully vaxxed, always making music, and I look forward to seeing friends new and old, far and wide. Pending cues from administrators at Blackpot Camp in South Louisiana, I’m truly hopeful to once again hear the sounds of mandolins in harmony under the pine trees in late October.

The new Hot Club Sandwich recording, No Pressure, is now streaming on all the major services, and we’re more than honored that mandolin master David Grisman plays on half of the tracks.

Go to the contact page to send an email, and definitely feel free to ask a question via the fanbridge link. Anything is fine, so ask away! Hope to see you out there somewhere soon.