Matt Heaton is the son of noted organist/composer Charles Heaton, who instilled in Matt a love of music from an early age. His earliest exposure to Irish music was through an unlabelledcassette tape which contained “The Planxty Collection.” His search formore led him to the vibrant Chicago session scene, and eventually to flute player (and now wife) Shannon Heaton. Matt has performed with countless ensembles, including the Karan Casey Band, Boys of the Lough, and Robbie O’Connell.
In addition to his work as an Irish accompanist on guitar and bouzouki, Matt is an active performer for children and families. He has received multiple MCC grants for his engaging singalongs and rockabilly tinged albums.He also fronts surf-rock band Electric Heaters. Matt’s guitar style reflects an amalgam of influences without losing the context of the music. His background includes a degree in Classical Guitar, recordings with a tango ensemble, late nights with a rock band and more recently, an early morning career playing music for young kids. Through it all he remains a sensitive and informed accompanist for whom the music is more important than the instrument. He has taught at a number of camps including: Portal Irish Music Week, Milwaukee Irish Fest School, Catskills IrishArts Week, O’Flaherty Retreat, Acadia Trad week and others. His easy going manner and ability to demystify both technique and theory make him a favorite among students.