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The Matchsellers

Traditional & Acoustic Music
Contact Person:Andrew Morris
Email:[email protected]


Over the course of the last decade, the Matchsellers have proven themselves to be one of the most creative and note-worthy Bluegrass groups to emerge from the Midwest. On their ambitious new record The Wishful Thinker’s Hall of Fame (2022), the group masterfully shows that “art for art’s sake” has a place in the folk multiverse.

The core musical partnership of Andrew Morris (Guitar/Vocals) and Julie Bates (Fiddle/Vocals) began when the two met in Leipzig, Germany. They were two American Midwesterners on Fulbright Scholarships working as Cultural Ambassadors to Germany. Now, more than ten years later, they are true folk trailblazers creating entire universes with their music.

Morris and Bates are joined on Mandolin by Brian McCarty (Greg Blake Band, the Bluegrass Missourians) and on Bass by Brandon Day (Kansas City Jazz Bassist). With the addition of McCarty and Day, the Matchsellers’ newest iteration is as free, joyful and powerful as ever. The band is at the apex of its songwriting and musicianship.

Primary Program Description

We provide musical entertainment for a variety of venues and events. We can perform as a duo, trio, or four-piece band. Our ideal scenario is playing and singing into a single microphone for an attentive crowd, with humorous banter and audience interaction between songs. Performances last between 45 minutes to 3 hours.

Program Fee

$800 for a duo

$1600 for a full band Additional compensation may be requested for travel and lodging

Educational Activity Information

We have experience teaching workshops in guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, body percussion, songwriting, and harmony singing. We can tailor the workshops to a specific age range and skill level, or lead a general workshop for all ages and skill levels.

Additional Activity Fee

$100 for an hour-long workshop

Our fee would vary based on logistics, but we would charge an average of $300 per additional community activity.

Community Activity Information

Given the portability of acoustic instruments, we are able to bring music to those who would not normally attend a musical event. We have given performances in classrooms, retirement communities, children’s hospitals, and even busked on the street for passers-by. All attentive audiences are appreciated!

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