Who are the Matt Argyle Band and why are they constantly playing to sold out venues and festivals in the UK ? 'I think it's a groove thing' Matt replies while giving a cheeky grin, 'people seem to be loving the songs and the shows and that is so very cool, or it could just be Johanna the fox!'. The Matt Argyle Band is a UK based four piece band. They are made up of Matt Argyle (vocals and guitars), Peter Lancaster (bass), Carl Sigward (drums) and Johanna Shiu (vocals, flute, viola). There fans have decribed them as 'a mixture of Barenaked Ladies and Cowboy Junkies' and 'like a week of sunday mornings'. When Matt's previous band, FiyaWater, self destructed in 2001 Matt took himself off on a short tour of the east coast of Canada doing solo acoustic shows with, among others, Patricia Murray and Mark Haines. 'It was a very inspired time' says Matt 'the sort of music and talent that I was exposed to on the tour was so different and diverse I just felt energized'. On his return to the UK Matt got a band together with Peter Lancaster and Carl Sigward, writing new songs and rearranging old ones. Johanna Shiu added her large slice of talent and glamour to the band in 2003 and since then they have been road testing their songs extensively at all electric and quiet acoustic shows. The first album Exhale is the result of that road testing and is an eclectic mix of rock sing-a-longs and quieter acoustic relections.
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