Sadly, Matt Osborne passed away in his sleep on the morning of Friday April 23, 2004. These original pages from his original site will continue to be maintained for the foreseeable future, however they are no longer being updated. Please visit the main site for more information on Matt and on The Matt Osborne Musicians Trust Fund.
B I O S
MATT OSBORNE plays acoustic 6 or 10 string guitar and sings. He sometimes does both at the same time. MATT has been writing and performing for the better part of 10 years primarily in the Southern Ontario region, but his music has taken him across the country and across the border when the opportunity presented itself. Call MATT'S sound a melting pot--blues, rock, folk and even the odd celtic ingredients all shine through whenever they feel like it. And he quotes obscure movie lines when he can't remember the words, sometimes. That's called professionalism. Honest.
There's something cool about THE MATT OSBORNE BAND. Besides the fact that they can combine styles with their original material (blues, rock, folk, power pop and psycho-delic) while always managing to listen to each other (MATT on guitars, vocals and harp; SERGE SOLSKI on electric bass and (almost) 1 vocal; ARUN PAL on drums, percussion and vocals)... there's something else. Even COOLER. It's the fact that they all wear black shirts for that "band unity" look. And they rock harder because of it. Honest.
THE MATT OSBORNE DUO has been on the go since late 1998--MATT on vocals, guitar, harmonica and authentic tin kazoo teams up with CHRISTINE BIRD on electric bass, vocals and the odd egg shaker. The duo concentrates on presenting original material while still keeping things interesting for any given audience; with the nice fringe benefit of keeping things interesting for themselves. Melodic blues, catchy pop and inspired jam-outs are the order of the day. They also play one (1) disco song (at CHRISTINE'S request, mind you).
THE PROGRESSIVE METAL THINKTANK is just insane. You've got MATT on guitar, vocals and irony, CHRIS PATHEIGER on percussion, vocals and other vocals, with the sultry ATTILA BARACZKA on bass and NOTHING ELSE 'cause he doesn't need to be on nothin' else, jerky (actually... he does sing a couple. Real purty, too). These fine young men meld a fine fulminating funfest of sight and sound out of various blues, rawk and folk particles for an altogether pleasing compound of competence. Woooooooo.
THE WINNEBAGO BLUES BAND hasn't officially broken up yet--they still have to play their last gig in Stony Creek... see... the guy's gonna call them back when he fixes the dance floor. They showed up for their last gig (that's right... the one that hasn't happened yet) and the guy said that "we had a flood in the basement and the water got into the floor here and it raised the tiles so the dance floor's uneven so if you played there would be people dancing and one of them could trip and then they could sue us and maybe even sue you..." So. When the tiles are all even again, maybe MATT, BRENT HAGERMAN (Vocals, guitar, sax) STEVE TOMS (bass, vocals) and IAN MOLLISON (drums) will have their farewell gig that the world so richly deserves.
P R E S S
"Osborne is a wallflower.
With a bad attitude. This should be the album that puts (his name) on
the lips of petulant housewives across the nation. This is also one of
those very rare, excellent, indie albums." (man versus concrete album
review) Gerry Robbins, ECHO Weekly
"Speaking of forceful,
Osborne's stage shows are nothing short of electrically charged, even
with a simple acoustic guitar in his hand. YYou must see this guy's stunning
live act to appreciate him!" Zora Jokic, ECHO Weekly