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From the piano I perform narrative, anti-indie songs, telling forgotten stories and tall tales. I am influenced by cabaret and vaudeville, with broken rhythms and jagged melodies.

Songs cover subjects as diverse as tragic celebrity Lolo Ferrari, worker bees, human statues, Tasseography, and zombies.

"Matt always delivers a deliriously enjoyable mixture of dark cabaret; musical theatre at its most Sondheim and Regina Spektor at her most playful."

- Oxfordshire Music Scene, Autumn 2010

"...a set of articulate, delicate, thoughtfully-constructed lyrical works, backed by a sympathetically woven solo keyboard performance. Slightly off the wall? Perhaps, but a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to hearing more of Matt Winkworth in the future."

- This Reality Podcast, August 2010

"In another era he’d be a music hall star, but there’s more to him than that. Claiming to be 'anti-indie', his music recalls an earlier era of gentleness and sophistication"

- Nightshift, August 2010

"...burlesque piano-led tomfoolery and wit from the rather splendid Matt Winkworth."

- Nightshift, March 2010

"Listening to Matt Winkworth tonight is like listening to Stephen Fry tinkling the ivories and doing his best Noel Coward impression. Whether he’s singing about cardigans, or simply promoting his Myspace page there’s a wonderful playful humour to his lyrics and stage presence."

- Nightshift, June 2009

"Each song has the potential to be a Broadway number, filled with over exaggerated backing vocals and theatrical melodies and whilst it’s difficult to figure exactly how one would plot a play around songs about Lolo Ferrari and the 10 O’clock watershed, we’re sure, given half a chance, Matt would find a way."

- Oxfordshire Music Scene, Autumn 2009

"[Matt Winkworth's] solo piano ruffles a few burlesque, jazzy, music hall feathers with songs in memory of Lolo Ferrari (her of the enormous knockers[...]), people who have killed themselves and also, possibly, cats. He’s lovably camp, delicately gentle in his delivery and hates the set list he’s chosen for being too morbid when it should be happy. But he’s good fun, self deprecating and a nice end to the first half of the day."

- OxfordBands.com, January 2010

"The Rules decree that singer-songwriters should be tedious drips who believe that listlessly strumming a guitar and moaning about something or other at the same time makes them the natural and inevitable heir to Bob Dylan. Thankfully, for Matt Winkworth, the Rules are made to be broken. Your average common-or-garden singer-songwriter he is not, channelling the (melo)dramatic flourish of Rufus Wainwright into a performance that takes in a song written from the perspective of A Midsummer Night's Dream's Puck and a tribute to tragic Eurotrash star Lola Ferrari which succeeds in being as poignant as it is witty, before wrapping up with a cover of Burt Bacharach's 'Anyone Who Had A Heart'."

- Silent Words Speak Loudest, October 2009..

MattWinkworth Matt Winkworth, Oxford, Britain (UK)

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