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Age of Exploration

by Matt Halley

Pennsylvania Singer/Songwriter spreading peace and love through music...intricate, clever finger-style guitar and captivating soulful melodies.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lowe's Lake
Matt Halley (featuring Dallas Breck)
3:06 $0.99
2. Midsummer
Matt Halley
2:04 $0.99
3. Dance and Play
Matt Halley
4:17 $0.99
4. Hiking
Matt Halley
2:00 $0.99
5. Copernicus
Matt Halley
4:48 $0.99
6. San Francisco
Matt Halley
4:20 $0.99
7. Earth Spinning
Matt Halley (featuring Dallas Breck)
4:05 $0.99
8. Number Two
Matt Halley (featuring Ian Dozor)
3:33 $0.99
9. Butterfly Wings
Matt Halley
3:05 $0.99
10. Mischief
Matt Halley
0:34 $0.99
11. Turtles and Foxes
Matt Halley
3:40 $0.99
12. Ring Tail Tom
Matt Halley
2:57 $0.99
13. Dallas
Matt Halley
2:09 $0.99
14. Outer Orbit
Matt Halley
1:31 $0.99
15. Usual Manner
Matt Halley
5:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
"super-earnest folk. Songs about fishing, dreaming, love and butterfly wings. Very pretty...play play play!"
-KALX, Berkeley, CA

"very interesting music, peaceful and dedicated"
-Bridge Guitar Reviews

Hello! My name is Matt Halley and I'm a naturalist, musician, songwriter, teacher, backpacker and adventurer! I am 24 years old, and currently live the nomadic lifestyle of an aspiring research biologist.

I have been teaching music, environmental education, and outdoor skills for several years. I've taught at several environmental centers, a raptor center, outdoor classrooms, a children's museum, a macaw sanctuary, an afterschool program, and private music lessons; my programs have focused on reptile and amphibian species behavior; "meet the birds of prey" shows, land development, species diversification, bird field identification, habitat restoration projects, and other conservation issues. I love to play music for children, and have had massive singalongs (imagine 120 2nd graders singing in the chorus!) of environment-related songs.

In Spring 2005, I assisted Adam C. Stein in his study of Collared Manakins in remote areas of western Panama. Adam is a Ph.D. canidate in Evolutionary Biology at Syracuse University. For 4 months, I lived in a community of indigenous Guaymi people...10 hours upriver in a dugout canoe, a full day's journey from the nearest road.

In Fall 2005, I worked in southern Israel, where I assisted sociobiologist Dr. Amotz Zahavi in his studies of the Arabian Babblers of the Wadi Arava (Negev Desert.)

In early 2006 I found myself counting migrating raptors in central Pennsylvania and traveling across Canada on the VIA-Rail. Nesting season began in April, and I worked with a team of biologists to assess the impact of wildfires on reproductive success of songbirds in the high-elevation sagebrush plains of NW Nevada.

I recently returned from Indonesia, where I spent September 2006 filming my first travel movie. I am now living in State College, PA, editing and scoring the film.

And yes! I'm a musician!

I've been writing, teaching and performing music for many years, primarily as a vocalist, guitarist and pianist.

Recent gigs (solo acoustic guitar/banjo/vocals):

Biddy McGraw's: Portland, OR;
The Red & Black Cafe: Portland, OR;
Dragon Chasers Emporium: State College, PA;
Zeno's Pub: State College, PA;
Daniel's Pub: Bellefonte, PA;
Beit Sefer Sade Hazeva: Hazeva, Israel;
La Fiesta!: Changuinola Arriba, Panama;
2004 Moab Arts Festival: Moab UT;
Tribe Theatre: Portland, OR;
Alessandro's: Portland, OR;
Brainwash Cafe: San Francisco, CA;
HUB Penn State Univ.: State College, PA;
2004 Cherry Blossom Festival: Annville, PA;
2004 Maple Harvest Fest: Petersburg, PA;
KZMU State Your Face; State College, PA;
Webster's Bookstore: State College, PA;
2003 Crickfest: Penn's Valley, PA
Tall Shiva Hookah Lounge: State College, PA
Piano/Keys/Trombone with various ensembles:

Trocadero Theatre: Philadelphia, PA
The Pontiac Grille: Philadelphia, PA
The Brewery Pub: State College, PA
The Phyrst Pub: State College, PA
Earth Day Festival: State College, PA
Sapphire Club: Norristown, PA
The Brass Lantern: Reading, PA
The Crowbar: State College, PA
DegICank TimeQuake Festival: State College, PA
West Chester YWCA: West Chester, PA
Fennario's: West Chester, PA
Allen St. Grille: State College, PA
Paris Creperie: State College, PA
University of West Virginia, WV
Chuck's Farm Festival: Rebersburg, PA
The END ZONE: Port Matilda, PA



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Tim Dougherty

Excellent, hopeful vision, quiet beauty
This album is a joyous romp through eternal spring. You can't help but feel young, in love, and capable of anything, perhaps even changing the world. Matthew, your pipes are to be envied, your guitar playing gorgeous, and your lyrics--one day--shall be enacted.