Bluesfest locals: Matthew Chaffey

July 12th, 2022 by  |  Published in Bluesfest locals, Features, Interviews, News

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Matthew Chaffey. Photo credit: Jen Squires

The Bluesfest locals series will introduce you to the talented music makers from the Ottawa area performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest. Come on out early to Bluesfest and discover some great new music!

Matthew Chaffey

Thursday, July 14
8pm to 9pm
Barney Danson Theatre


Ottawa performer Matthew Chaffey has co-written songs on Juno winning and Juno nominated albums, has had original compositions featured on American network television shows and has won Stingrays Rising Star award and is a frequent collaborator with Austin’s The Texas Horns.
He has preformed and recorded internationally and has a new recording being released in the fall of this year with support from the Canada Council For The Arts.

The Talent

Matthew Chaffey – Vocals, Guitar
Ed Lister – Trumpet
Richard Page – Baritone Saxophone
Brian Asselin – Tenor Saxophone
Ben DiMillo – Guitar,Vocals
Laura Greenberg – Bass
Deniz Lim-Sersan – Keyboards
Jeff Asselin – Drums


What was your reaction to the news you’d be a part of Bluesfest and who was the first person you told?
I of course had a positive reaction to being included in the lineup to Bluesfest. It is such a well run festival and I have had so many great experiences playing there and am very much looking forward to playing there again.
The first person I told was my producer Ken Friesen.

Please describe your sound.
My vocal sound can be described as soulful and from the heart. I definitely wear my influences on my sleeve – Bobby Womack, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke are all artists I borrow from and try to emulate.

How did you get started on your musical journey?
By listening to my fathers extensive record collection and then cutting my teeth performing live with my brother playing every dive bar from PEI to Vancouver Island.

What can music fans expect from your show? Will you be playing any new music at Bluesfest and/or releasing new music ahead of your performance?
I am bringing an excellent band to this years festival with a three piece horn section! I have a number of unreleased projects that I will be playing selections from and new music is coming out very soon.

What artists are you hoping to catch during this year’s Bluesfest?
Femi Kuti, Run The Jewels, Anders Drerup, Anthony Geraci, Mack&Ben, Sue Foley

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