About

Matthew St. Francis is the solo project of Matthew Francis Byrnes. He picks guitar and sings, and occasionally breaks out a banjo, fiddle, or clog board. He started playing solo shows as Matthew St. Francis in 2013.  These days, he is usually accompanied by his wife, Rhubarb, on bass.

Matthew has previously performed with the bands The May North, Zombie Season, and The Ex-Lovers. Former gigs as Matthew St. Francis include the Kitty Cat Klub (MPLS), Lake Harriet Porch Fest, Frozen River Film Festival, and Mid West Music Fest. In other settings, he’s performed in nearly every state from here to Florida and played banjo in more dirty basements than he can count.

There’s a line in that song everybody’s heard too many times that goes, “I used play the guitar. I pick the banjo now.” Matthew St. Francis is like the opposite of that.