Man About A Horse

Barnstorming contemporary bluegrass and Americana with a dash of rock and blues

Now booking for October 2020

Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Man About A Horse is a hugely engaging band that blends the best of modern and traditional bluegrass with acoustic Americana and a touch of blues and rock and roll. Using classic bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and double bass, this exciting live band also boasts a couple of contrasting lead singers and top notch harmony vocals. We were knocked out when we saw Man About A Horse perform as official showcase artists at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s huge festival in North Carolina last year. After bringing them over for their warmly received debut UK tour in summer 2019, we’re already planning their return!

A shared love of bluegrass by co-founders Matt Thomas (double bass) and Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar/vocals) led to the formation of Man About a Horse in 2014. The line-up is completed by Dan Whitener (Gangstagrass) on banjo/vocals, Matthew Hiller on mandolin, and fiddler Eric Lee, all exceptional musicians at the top of their game. The band has released two studio recordings to date, their 2015 EP and their self-titled debut album in 2017, with their next album due in 2020. Man About A Horse have been making waves in the last year or two, with successful tours across the USA and a number of awards. They won the coveted band contest at Freshgrass festival (with a major cash prize and chance to record with award winning Nashville producer Alison Brown). They were also named 2018 Emerging Artist at the prestigious Grey Fox Bluegrass festival as well as achieving an IBMA Band Momentum Award nomination last September. Their 2019 concerts here went down a storm and we can’t wait to bring them back to the UK!

“The highlight of Friday night.”  – Paul Spencer, Maverick Festival
“Fabulous .. sold out crowd just loving it. Oh my word, what are you going to do next, you’ve raised the bar again!”  –  Saltburn Arts

Now booking for UK dates in October 2020. To enquire about availability, please contact us here