Man About A Horse
Breathing new life into a classic art form."
– Ear to the Ground
"Their high energy and harmony is sure to make you want to dance!"
– Sierra Hull, Rounder Records recording artist
Man About a Horse brandishes strong ties to the folk music tradition, with a progressive streak that informs their original songwriting. The band is equally at home picking in concert parking lots and performing on stage at some of the nation's finest bluegrass festivals.
Man About a Horse was formed in 2014 when two Philadelphia musicians, Matt Thomas (bass) and Roy Matthews (guitar and vocals), to discovered a shared love of bluegrass over beers at the famous Northern Liberties restaurant The Abbaye.
The band's roster now includes banjoist Dan Whitener (Gangstagrass, Blue Plate Special), Nate Lanzino (Fives, Ampersand Stringband), and Elizabeth Cary (Prometheus Chamber Orchestra).
Man About a Horse released a studio recording in 2015 ("The EP") that earned national airplay. The band opened the main stage of the 2015 Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has shared bills with the likes of Donna the Buffalo, Steve 'N' Seagulls, Wood & Wire, and others at renowned venues around the East Coast. Their music has been featured on blogs such as The Key, the Random Tea Sessions, and Ear to the Ground.