British born singer-songwriter and musician Matt Owens first came to prominence as a founder member of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale. Releasing four albums, Noah and the Whale achieved huge success in the UK and overseas, selling over one million albums in the UK alone. The band toured the world between 2006 and 2015, playing hundreds of festivals, including Austin City Limits, Fuji Rocks and Lollapalooza, as well as touring with the likes of Arcade Fire, Bahamas, and Laura Marling.
February 2019 saw the release of Matt’s debut solo album, "Whiskey and Orchids" to widespread critical acclaim including a 5-star review in Maverick Magazine. It is an album that sits closest to "Americana" with its rich, lyrical storytelling, shot through with gallow's humour, combined with Matt's return to his beloved acoustic guitar, betraying hints of favourite artists Neil Young and Warren Zevon. Nigel Stonier produced the album which featured Tom Waits' drummer Michael Blair, Thea Gilmore, Carleigh Aikins from Bahamas, and Robert Vincent.
The album's already received substantial Radio play from BBC 6 Music, 5 LIVE, BBC Scotland and BBC Wales. A UK tour supporting Thea Gilmore followed in May, (with Matt also playing in her band) and this summer he plays over 25 festivals as far flung as the West Coast of Ireland and north Scotland including Glastonbury Festival after which he supports Robert Vincent on his autumn UK tour.