Matthew Dames is a seasoned performer who migrated to Tasmania, Australia from Cambridge, UK. He busks frequently at Salamanca Market and Farm Gate Market in Hobart. His Contemporary Folk style is warm and sensitive, drawing influence from Passenger, Luka Bloom and Dougie Maclean. Matthew's original debut album Cold Stars was released in December 2013. His latest album Walk with Me was released in December 2015. Matthew has performed at the Illawarra Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and the Falls Music and Arts Festival, as well as the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Matthew was the winner of the 2015 Liz Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence at the National Folk Festival. He also won the Tamar Valley Folk Festival Youth Award with his song Climbing Mountains in 2012.

Matthew is the lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist for the band Schmeltic and a member of the A cappella folk trio Velvet Sledgehammer.

"Matthew draws on old and contemporary folk music that I don't see much around the Australian scene, and he really nails it live."

Daniel Champagne

"Dames' handcrafted songs take you on a journey with their blend of pensive lyrics and intricate guitar work."

Alan Gogoll

"Subtle finger style guitar playing, a flowing voice that builds. Matthew has carved a niche in today's contemporary folk scene."

Yyan Ng