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Matty James Cassidy Releases New Single ‘Anodyne

Following on from ‘Rosary’, the brooding folk rock stomper released at the end of last year, this latest offering from the Northern Irish singer-songwriter is an acoustic led, upbeat ballad that swings. Featuring an infectious sax-served hook, on a bed of mandolin and guitar jangle, with a little country honk keys thrown in for good measure. While the breezy feel to the music is guaranteed to have you clapping along, it’s juxtaposed by the melancholic, reflective verse, delivered by a distinctive croon. It’s this classic contradiction that never fails to pull those heartstrings and MJC unapologetically carries on the tradition in his own style for the modern day, with echoes of Faces and ‘Exile’ era Stones.

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Matty James Cassidy pens and performs heart-felt, sing-along, tale-telling, rabble-rousing songs you can hang your hat on. Originally a drummer, playing in pubs and clubs across Ireland from the age of 13, he set sail for England a few years later and picked up the acoustic guitar as a tool to write songs. This led him down the beaten track of the modern day troubadour, playing his own brand of folk rock n’ roll all over the country and beyond, both solo and more recently backed by his rip-roaring live band.

With critically acclaimed self-released albums on his own Pirate Heart Records, hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe plus appearances at major festivals all under his belt, this multitalented songsmith is just getting started.

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Matty James – The Road To No Town Matty James - The Road To No Town (2016)

“Matty James has the soul of a vagabond poet and his huge talent as a singer-songwriter and storyteller is clear throughout this fantastic album.” ***** Black Velvet Magazine

“Whether you’re a fan of the great hell raising troubadours of the past like Hank Williams or more recent greats like Tom Waits, you’ll find plenty to love…” **** Pure M

“The record’s memorable choruses and knee-slapping breakdowns make for a rousing listen.” 7/10 Vive Le Rock

“‘The Road To No Town’ takes you on a vibrant rabble-rousing journey of feisty, yet unfeigned expression.” Louder Than War

“Equal parts uplifting, reflective, and just plain foot tapping fun! If anything, what music should be.”Rock Regeneration

“Should keep you hooked from start to finish.” ***** PlanetMosh

“Sounds like the work of someone twice Matty’s age who has many albums under their belt. Surely he has no right to be able to pen such epic songs.” Uber Rock

“Highly recommended if you like proper gritty scuffed-up dust ‘n’ bones country rock.” **** Pure Rawk

“A terrific album from an uber talented singer-songwriter.” Sinister Angels Realm

“The Road To No Town might lead you to unexpected territories!” – Veglam

Matty James – Last One To Die

“This is pure, honest-to-goodness rawk ‘n’f’n’ roll delivered with passion, spirit and a genuine love for the music.” Uber Rock

“Interesting, surprising, and entertaining melodic rock. Recommended.” 4.5/5.0 Dangerdog Music Reviews

“Matty James sounds like he has already recorded 5 albums before; Sometimes you just have to admit that the best wines aren’t always the oldest ones!” Veglam

“This is definitely one to listen to, and one I found hard to put down. Matty has talent in abundance.” Rock Regeneration

“Honesty and passion lie at the heart of Last One To Die” RUSHONROCK

“Highly recommended…” Powerplay Magazine

“An absolute joy… an excellent album” Black Velvet Magazine

“It’s a fantastic album which in the current music scene is actually very unique.” – Soul of a Clown