Matthew Halley, Shane Palko, The Honey Badgers, Ladybird (PA)
270 E Main Street
Newark, DE, 19711
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Matthew Halley is a multi-instrumentalist with a vocal range that spans several octaves, and an infectious positive vibe. He has performed in a wide variety of musical styles and venues on guitar, piano, banjo, and trombone; some highlights include the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1996 International Convention (Salt Lake City, UT), the 2004 Moab Arts Festival (Moab, UT), the 2006 Sukabumi Jazz Festival in (Java, Indonesia), and a 2008 performance on 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia. He has also worked as technical director and sound engineer for many world-renowned artists including Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, Miguel Zenón, Ned Rothenberg, Amir ElSaffar, and the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra. When he is not playing music, he can be found outside watching birds and catching snakes; as a wildlife biologist, he has lived and worked extensively in tropical Asia, Central and South America, and the Middle East.
i was adopted. Maybe. My older brothers told me that they found me, living naked under a log in the woods of Pennsylvania. They took me home and convinced my mum to let them keep me. i now doubt the authenticity of most of this account, although i do fiercely cling to my affinity for my native Pennsylvania. My first instrument was the kazoo. i wrote 7 songs on guitar when i was 6 years old. Then, i quit playing guitar cause my super-arsesome brother made fun of me in front of his cool friends for my strange style. Anyhow, life is a confusing thing, and music helps me make sense of it. Well, that i not true; i would like to officially retract that statement, but i will still leave it for you to read, because it seems true. Nothing makes sense, but music is one of the few places where that is permissible.
When i was 8, i saw a kindly, beardly man playing a drumset made of buckets in Baltimore. Something broke in the atmosphere that night. From that time on, i was the plight of my pop's tool shop. i was a chubby, little bucket-stashing rat. i went home and made myself a bucket drumset. On the center garbage can, i spray-painted "BS," which stood for "bucket set," of course. Music has been a way of life ever since i was young. In recent years, i have hit the byways by way of the melody. A lot of my songs are about traveling. i have kicked around Southern Africa and crossed North America with friends made by my silly, home-seeking songs. i have released two official albums, one of which is available on iTunes. It’s called "Going Places." You may hear that title and think it to be some silly proclamation of big dreams. Nope. It is more of an observation; i like to go places. i like to be places. It is not named for some deep-seated desire for a successful musical career. i already have that. You know how i know my music is successful? My grandad recently told me that he uses my first album, "Pretty Good Songs: Volume VII" as his alarm clock every morning!
The Honey Badgers
A folk/americana duet from Newark, Delaware, comprised of Erin Magnin and Michael Natrin. Imagine Ingrid Michaelson & Regina Spektor singing with Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, except they're stuck in Delaware and have a harmonium, are obsessed with cats, and ride scooters.
Sometimes, a voice will hit you unexpectedly and come across all at once as pure and refined and innocent. This is what happened when the duet known as The Honey Badgers met in 2007. It took a few years of convincing, but eventually singer-songwriter Michael Natrin won over Erin Magnin. She joined him with her violin and vocal chords, and after rehearsing and writing together for less than a year, they officially became the duet known as The Honey Badgers. Mixing her jazzy soprano with his folksy sailor tunes, they began performing to very responsive crowds. With the release of their debut EP entitled Booth Bay, they plan to bring you along with them to a very authentic and harmonious musical destination. Co-winners of the WSTW Hometown Heroes Homey Award for Best Collaboration of 2011, winner of the 2012 SCPAB battle of the bands.