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Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds excited to perform at home

When Matthew Hornell walked in to Murph’s Cafe last month, he was greeted by a local gentleman who loved his music, and knew his father. A Grand Falls-Windsor native, Mr. Hornell’s familiar face will be one of the familiar faces on stage at the Exploits Valley Salmon Festival Concert on Saturday while Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds perform.

Matthew Hornell of Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds stopped in to Murph's Café in his hometown of Grand Falls-Windsor last month. The band will be performing at the Exploits Valley Salmon Festival Concert on Saturday.

When Matthew Hornell walked in to Murph’s Cafe last month, he was greeted by a local gentleman who loved his music, and knew his father.

A Grand Falls-Windsor native, Mr. Hornell’s familiar face will be one of the familiar faces on stage at the Exploits Valley Salmon Festival Concert on Saturday while Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds perform.

Paddy Byrne, the band’s bass player, is also a Grand Falls-Windsor native.

Mr. Hornell is the band’s vocalist, and also plays guitar, harmonica and percussion. On drums and keyboard is Joshua Bourden, with Jonathan Bungay on mandolin and electric guitar.

“We’re really excited for it,” Mr. Hornell said of the Salmon Festival Concert. “It’s going to be a good time. It’s an honour to be asked to play and it’s exciting because I remember going to Salmon Festivals growing up. I haven’t been to one in awhile because I have been away, but we’re excited. It’s going to be an honour and a good time for sure. It’s nice to play for people just to be able to show them what you’ve been doing, since I haven’t lived in Grand Falls-Windsor since I was 16.

“It’s going to be a good time. It’s an honour to be asked to play and it’s exciting because I remember going to Salmon Festivals growing up. Matthew Hornell

“You get a little nervous too, in your hometown, but we were out and played at Kelly’s, so we kind of got a bit of the jitters out then.”

The band, he said, is based out of St. John’s, and a lot of their gigs are at bars in town, such as the Ship Inn and the Rock House.

“We’ve done a couple dates out of the province like when we went out to the ECMAs and over the summer we’re going to be in Nova Scotia for a little bit, but generally bars are where we play.”

 

Organizations: Ship Inn, Rock House, Great Big Sea Tragically Hip Beach Boys

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia British Columbia

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