196 Allen St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Web music authority All Music Guide calls him "...an artist to be reckoned with." A seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and peace loving realist, Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Keller Williams, David Bromberg, Ellis Marsalis, Del McCoury and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals and venues including Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, Caramoor's American Roots Festival, the Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl.
In 2015, Matt co-founded Deadgrass with Grammy award winner C Lanzbom celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia.
In 2014, Matt released Cold Revival, produced by David Dobkin, also a filmmaker, best known for directing "Wedding Crashers" and was recorded in Los Angeles at Matter Music. Rust Magazine named it 2014 Album of the Year. Guitar Player says, “On his latest release, Cold Revival, Matt Turk expertly weaves track after track of acoustic guitar and mandolin into a folk-rock fabric.” Relix says “appetizing and enjoyable.” Magnet, No Depression, Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation have also praised Cold Revival. Musicians on the album provide an impressive list of gentlemen including Russ Irwin (Sting, Aerosmith), Chris Joyner (Jason Mraz, Ray La Montagne, Sheryl Crow) and Dean Butterworth (Good Charlotte, Ben Harper). Matt composes, sings, plays acoustic guitar, mandolin and lap steel guitar.
Matt's 2010 release American Preservation placed #20 on the folk charts FolkRadio.org and is a collection of well-loved classics, ranging from Taj Mahal to T. Rex. In February of 2008, Turk released the music video "The Fog of War" which featured special guest Pete Seeger. Acoustic Live's Richard Cuccaro called it "a remarkable video." Matt's cover of the Christmas classic "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2007 Warner Bros. film "Fred Claus."
His version of "America the Beautiful" has been called "arguably the definitive acoustic version" by Music News Nashville. Turk's solo discography also includes Turktunes (2000), What Gives (2002) and Washington Arms (2006). Mandolin Caravan's Desert Soul (2003) was a collaboration with Kevin Hupp and Gillen & Turk Backs to the Wall (2008) was a collaboration with Fred Gillen Jr.
In 1987, while a student at New York University, Matt teamed up with Marshall Madow and co-founded The Hour, shared the stage with Blues Traveler, opened for Richie Havens, Hot Tuna, Dave Matthews Band and released three albums: Hold Back the Reins (1989), and with drummer Carey Harmon (now in Railroad Earth), Fricker-Nicker Sessions (1991) and Songs of Sweden (1992). Around this time Turk became acquainted with producer Phil Ramone, during studio work singing with Phoebe Snow on Russ Irwin's debut. "Phil took an interest in my music and gave me a great tutoring on the craft of songwriting," remembers Matt.