Man About a Horse

Contemporary bluegrass & Americana from Philly

Now booking for late June – mid July 2019

Man About a Horse is an exciting quintet from Philadelphia PA, which blends newgrass, Americana, rock, blues and more with classic bluegrass instrumentation and top notch harmony vocals.  When we visited the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Man About a Horse 2018 lo resWorld of Bluegrass conference and festival in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2018, Man About a Horse was one of the standout acts showcasing at the event. We’re delighted to be bringing the band over for their debut UK tour in summer 2019!

A discovery of 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 (who also tours with Gangstagrass) on banjo/vocals, Matthew Hiller on mandolin, and newest member, fiddler Eric Lee, all superb musicians at the top of their game.  The band has performed across the USA, sharing concert bills with Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Travelin’ McCourys and many more.  They’ve released two studio recordings to date, their 2015 EP and their self-titled debut album in 2017 which earned widespread praise.

High energy is an understatement – this album requires dancing or foot-tapping…it is hard to describe, other than to say it’s good music. The group throws together elements of bluegrass, folk, and a progressive mean streak that distinguishes their sound as original – all ten cuts are a pleasure”             – Bluegrass Unlimited

2018 was a breakout year for Man About a Horse, including multiple successful tours across the US and with a number of awards and plaudits coming their way. They won the Band contest at Freshgrass festival and were named 2018 Emerging Artist at the prestigious Grey Fox Bluegrass festival in New York State. In September 2018, the quintet was nominated for a coveted Band Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Man About A Horse are a hugely entertaining, barnstorming live band that will get your audience’s feet tapping and leave them with smiles on their faces!

Now booking for June/July 2019.To enquire about availability, please contact us here