Fireside Collective

Fireside Collective

Matt Wheeler

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$8 ADV - $10 DOS + Fees

Fireside Collective
Fireside Collective
Quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to American folk music, Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. Following the release of their debut album “Shadows and Dreams”, the band hit the road seeking to engage audiences with their energetic live show built on instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements.

Well what do you call it?

“Bluegrass, Newgrass, perhaps Progressive folk…” These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. “Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” While roots music lies at the core of the Collective’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental.

The band burst onto the scene in early 2014 following the release of “Shadows and Dreams.” The album weaves bluegrass, funk, rock, and blues influences into a refreshing representation of modern folk music. From the opening track “Poor Soul” with it’s energetic bluegrass overtones to the closer “Shine the Way Home”, the album takes listeners on a journey through simple love songs to complex themes such as metaphysics and coexistence. The album, recorded in Asheville at Sound Temple Studios, features guest musicians from Asheville’s rich acoustic music scene alongside members of the Fireside Collective.

In 2016, Fireside will be performing heavily throughout the Southeast, making a trip out to Colorado, and venturing up the East coast. If you revel in the sounds of acoustic instrumentation, enjoy the excitement of energetic live performances, and delight in the creation of original songs, then follow the Fireside Collective as they journey into another exciting year of musical endeavors.
Matt Wheeler
Matt Wheeler
“Trade your coins for a handful of wildflowers & let the summer rain sing you to sleep.” – From “#8”

Matt’s songwriting has gained a reputation for its crisp, taut lyricism & poetic, honest approach, & for its ability to paint vivid pictures with words. Balance that with the rhythm section’s driving bass & drum groove together with the haunting & sweet strains of the violin & the cello, & you have an orchestral folk sound that will draw you in & reward repeated listens. Live shows add in Matt’s signature inviting & fun stage banter. Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart's songs have sparked the interest of WXPN, WJTL, Fig Magazine, Fine Living Lancaster, Good Day PA, Fox 43, & numerous other media outlets.

Called a “Lancaster treasure” by PennLive, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart has been spreading its words & music from its central Pennsylvania home to listening rooms, churches, bars, house concerts, & festivals throughout the Northeast.
The band's sound draws influences from the storytelling singer-songwriter tradition of James Taylor, Glen Hansard, and Denison Witmer.

“Matt’s Strings EP caught my attention, especially the violin & cello on the song “Avalanche”. Now with the help of his fans he has released his debut album showcasing his warm sound & heartfelt lyrics. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter give a listen to Matt!”- Helen Leicht, WXPN Philadelphia
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/