“Matthew provides perhaps the most striking contribution to the band’s sound with his mesmerizing percussion, which he provides with the cajon and bodhran (drums from Cuba and Ireland, respectively), hamboning, clogging, flatfooting and dancing.”

-Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Now

2017/2018 Tour Dates

7/28/17-8/7/17 Festival Internacional de Folclore in Port-sur-Saone, France (with Trinity Irish Dance Company).

8/11/17-8/13/17 Balance the Bay, San Francisco (with Maivish).

9/1/17-9/4/17 Northwest Passage, Portland, OR (with Maivish).

9/8/17-9/25/17 On tour in Ireland with Anam

1/9/18-1/15/18 On tour in CA with Maivish

6/4/18-6/25/18 Anam, Tralee, Ireland (presented by Siamsa Tíre)


Past performance highlights include:

Aulnay All Blues Festival, Aulnay-sois-Bois, France


Jacob’s Pillow: Inside Out

Anam, at the Dublin Dance Festival, 2016

Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, Cleveland OH

The School at Jacob’s Pillow

Eileen Iver’s Beyond the Bog Road

Memory House/Desire House, in conjunction with The Kronos Quartet’s Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home, University of MD

Performatica, Puebla Mexico

Song of the Mountains for PBS

Carter Fold, VA

Paramount Theater, Charlottesville VA

The Chieftains

Kennedy Center, Washington DC

The Generation Game BBC,London

Washington DC Irish Folk Festival, VA

Smithsonian Institute 150th Anniversary Celebration, Washington, DC

Riverdance, London England

Matthew Olwell in wood sprite get-up at the Live Arts Gala, 2006


2 Responses to “tour”

  1. matthew, hope one day to meet ur family. I work next to shady grove hospital, rockville, md. keep dancing…..a friend of ur mom and dad, Pam H

    • Hi Pamela! You should come see a show we are doing at the Kennedy Center Septmber 19th and 20th. It is called The Meaning of Buck Dance, and will be performed twice (for free) on the Millenium Stage. Hope to meet you some time soon 🙂

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