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Matt the Music Man (Matthew McFarlane) is an award-winning children’s musical entertainer! He’s also possibly the only musician around with a pirate hat and a platypus for a sidekick!
Growing up, Matt was very shy and was bullied at school. He spent much of his time having dreams about becoming a professional musician, but his shyness and lack of self-confidence were too overwhelming. Today, Matt draws on these childhood experiences to inspire kids with his message of becoming self-confident and respecting everyone along the way.
After about 20 years of performing, Matt was inspired to become a children’s musician upon the arrival of his first child. He has released three diverse all-original albums titled “Family Fun! (2018), “Everyday Superheroes” (2017) and “Songs for Kids Age 1 to 101” (2014). He has performed many exciting shows across the Maritimes and beyond. Guitars, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, kazoo, and other instruments are played, and fun props such as costumes and puppets are used to create a fun, interactive and educational experience. Through music, humour and stories, Matt teaches children about the importance of self-confidence and respect. It all comes together into a highly entertaining educational show for children and families.
In 2019, Matt launched an online video series titled, “Fun with Matt.” The videos are made to educate children on a variety of fun topics and to spread his positive messages!
Many songs have been hits with children and parents such as “Everyday Superheroes”, “Dinosaur in the Candy Store” and “Pirates from Yarmouth”. Matt makes a point to not downplay his music lyrically or musically too much for children because he understands how smart children are and he wants older audiences to be entertained as well. The smiles, laughs and voices singing along (even the parents!) are rewards that drive Matt as he continues his lifelong dream of performing music.
Matt the Music Man – Pat the Platypus