Concert and chat via at 7:30pm CT Connect and checkin starting at 7:15pm.
Matt DeBlass started out his musical life playing drums in rock and punk bands, until a friend introduced him to the bodhran, the frame drum used in Irish traditional music. With the bodhran acting as a "gateway drum" to the world of folk music, Matt eventually learned to play several other instruments, including mandolin, guitar and Celtic harp. He built a repertoire of traditional songs and has a particular love of tragic romance ballads, such as the ones collected in his 2018 album "Dead Lovers."
Matt came to Madison in 2014, playing mandolin with a band, and ended up sticking around for seven years before moving back to the East Coast to be closer to family. He currently lives on the banks of the Delaware River, which sometimes makes him wonder why the Mississippi and Ohio rivers got all the good songs.
Matt recently returned to college full time, because he thought being a broke college student would be twice as fun now that he's twice as old as the first time he tried it. In between classes, journalism work and the occasional cafe gig, he's planning his next album to be a collection of songs by Robert Burns.
Tips are being split between the performer and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center to support the Center's social services during these trying times.Wil-Mar is the neighborhood center where the Coffeehouse rents space. Both Wil-Mar and the Coffeehouse are 501(c)3 charities.
If you experience poor or distorted sound on a smartphone:
Smartphones must mix the stereo audio to mono for the single built-in loudspeaker.
This could distort the audio for some or all songs. Listen using your earbuds or stereo headset for best stereo sound.
Due to Covid, the Coffeehouse remains closed. This concert is online only. Watch this on your phone, tablet, or computer and take a break from your stay-at-home distancing while enjoying great folk music.