Matthew O'Donnell

Celtic Folk, American Roots, Jazz & Pop Music

Matthew O'Donnell is a one-of-a-kind entertainer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and performer of traditional Celtic folk, American roots and popular music based in Central Virginia. A long time musician and on-stage performer, Matthew has entertained thousands since beginning his act in 2014, establishing himself as one of Central Virginia's premier live entertainers.

Matthew performs a high-energy blend of traditional Celtic music and modern foot-stomping neo-folk. Drinking songs, traditional folk tunes, sea shanties and singalong standards are given an updated 21st-century treatment evocative of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, while maintaining the traditional spirit of folk trailblazers like the Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers. Matthew's energetic presence, stylized singing and performing on traditional folk instruments such as the accordion, steel guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, tin whistle and bodhran create a unique sound that feels right at home in the corner of the local pub and on a concert hall mainstage. This thrilling melodic spectacle is combined with Matthew's humor, storytelling and lively audience interaction to make for enthralling and unique performances sure to leave any crowd wanting more.

Matthew has substantial experience in performing in concert halls, bars/restaurants, festivals, senior communities, private parties, weddings and corporate events, drawing on his rapport with audiences of all ages and a wide repertoire of music to tailor a stunning performance to any crowd and venue. He strives to fill the increasingly rare and much needed role of a highly-skilled tradesman in live entertainment, offering everyone who hears him a fresh, charming, creative, engaging and polished performance they'll never forget.

 

Here's what some people are saying about Matthew:

Matthew can really get the group going! He is so versatile and pleasant when guests make requests. He is always happy and cheerful - everyone in the bar loves to sing-a-long. He is the perfect fit for our Irish pub.
— Jacie Dunkle, Owner, Tin Whistle Irish Pub
It was an absolute delight working with Matthew for our company’s summer party. He showed up and played some beautiful Celtic songs and tunes. I would highly recommend him- great musician and person!
— Abby Howell, Willowtree Apps
Matthew brought such a fun, casual, sing-along flair to our rustic wedding. He gave it his all. When he performs, he holds nothing back. Willing to entertain special requests on the fly and able to read a room and adjust his performance to fit the mood, Matthew was the perfect choice for our day. We could not have been more pleased, and I know my guests had a blast.
— Marcus and Amy

If you would like to book Matthew for your venue or event, visit the Contact page.