Matthew Mutch was born in Hamilton, Ontario - steel capital of Canada-and better known as Steeltown.
Steeltown Pilgrim , a striking blend of "grace and gravel" speaks of Matthew’s love, heartbreak, loneliness and broken dreams.
It's been quite the journey.
Earlier this year the Hamilton-based Matthew hiked the Camino de Santiago (in English, it is known as The Way of St. James) in Spain, an 800 km trek, in four weeks. His music, which is reminiscent of Dylan and Cohen, amongst others, reflects that trip.
"Pilgrims walk for a number of reasons, not just those pertaining to religion. It is important to realize some of the lyrics and the artwork are directed at this rather large and ever growing group," Matthew says.
Matthew took his guitar and sang on the trip which figures quite prominently in this project and Matthew's thinking, right down to the CD artwork.
"The scallop shell above my name is the iconic symbol of the Camino Santiago. That shell will 'jump out' at any pilgrim who sees it," he added.
Melancholy and thought provoking, Steeltown Pilgrim is a roots CD.
Matthew plays acoustic guitar, and is joined by JK Gulley (guitars, mandolin, banjar, harmonica), David Rogers (upright bass), Ray Kitney (drums and percussion), Nick Barclay (piano and organ), J. Richard Hutt(keyboards), Dave Mowat(harmonica), Dennis Keilde (accordion), Shane Guse (strings), plus vocalists Mati Haskell, JK Gulley, and Katalin Puscas.
Steeltown Pilgrim was produced by JK Gulley for Americanada Records.
CD Review Maverick Magazine
“gravel voiced Canadian evokes some sad and dark tales…”
“Peregrina (which means female pilgrim) is a powerful opener, drawing on his experiences and feelings from walking the 800km of the Camino Santiago in Spain. With some terrific backing by JK Gulley amongst others, Mutch’s lyrics evoke the romanticism of that journey allied to the pain endured along the way”
“Quite an obvious potential hit would be the ballad portraying the sad story of explorer John Torrington who in 1845 voyaged with
Sir John Franklin to the arctic. That will figure heavily from this release. In the best traditions of Gordon Lightfoot, this epic song is a wonderful cinematic exploration in its own right as, over a solid acoustic guitar and drum backing, Mutch gives voice to the doomed sailor.”
On “Steeltown Trilogy, Mutch’s rich baritone is used to great effect.,”
“ a solid and listenable album...
John Jobling-Maverick Magazine
UPDATE: "OFFICIAL VIDEO"
"Can't Stop These Tears"