Back of the Line

Shortly after the 2004 election, I awoke with the last verse and chorus of Back of the Line repeating in my mind: ‘Get in line, stand in line / There's plenty of room at the back of the line’. That day, I began to compose a « Continue »

New Song

Thanks so much to the neighbor who stopped by yesterday to witness the debut performance of a new song (in the yard). Here's the "Q for Quarantine Blues". « Continue »

Virtual Finnriver Performance to Benefit JCARF, Broadcasting from Rainshadow Recording

On Sunday, June 14th at 6:30pm, I'll play a solo show for the Finnriver online audience. Broadcasting from Rainshadow Recording, I will dedicate the performance proceeds to the Jefferson County Anti-Racist Fund's current campaign. « Continue »

Scroggins & Sircely duo description

Read about the Scroggins & Sircely duo: "Internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins and songwriter and mandolinist Matt Sircely join together to form a banjo and mandolin ensemble invoking « Continue »

Scroggins & Sircely at Subdued Stringband Jamboree

Excited to be heading to the Subdued Stringband Jamboree this weekend. I'll be performing all four days, Thurs-Sun, including a workshop entitled 'Shades of Mandolin" on Friday at 10am in the Serenade Tent. On Saturday, I'll « Continue »

First “Says You” Episode from Chimacum Airs on NPR this Weekend

It was an honor to appear on "Says You", defined as the "public radio game show of bluff and bluster, words and whimsy". I was joined by Eric Bogart, Terianne Stratton and Tracy Grisman of Stringology, and we played some swing and « Continue »

Port Townsend Leader Article 2/6/19

Thanks to Chris McDaniel for taking the time to write today's story in the PT Leader (photos too).   « Continue »

Video clip: Finnriver Orchard opening day

Here's a mostly instrumental video clip of 'Broke Down Inside' off the new record, from the opening day of Finnriver Orchard in the heart of Chimacum, WA on Sept 9, 2015. Chris Herbst played dobro and sang, Danny Barnes played « Continue »

Blackpot Camp and Fest

It's been a busy summer with lots of irons in the fire - not much posting here. But October means it's time to pack the buggy and head down to the Blackpot Camp in Eunice, LA and the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette. If you've never « Continue »

FAI Winter Music Camp

Thrilled to be returning to the Folk Alliance Winter Music Camp for the second year in a row. I'll teach two classes on improvisation for mandolin, the second one on Sunday will be geared towards beginners. I'll also be helping « Continue »