About

Quantum Penguin (Matthew Woolley) is a singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Shropshire, uniquely moulding folk/house and dance music into a musical blend that’s not to be missed. As well as singing and playing Violin and Bouzouki, Matthew also plays a number of other instruments including Viola, Chin-Cello, Mandola, Mandolin, Guitar, Keyboard and Piano, Synths, Recorder and Saxophone. He likes experimenting with different kinds of music and loves music that mixes up the genres. Although he enjoys playing almost any type of music, it is Folk, House dance music and Pop genres that Matthew likes the most.

Matthew is a founding member of the Shropshire band String Workshop and has been performing at various venues including National Trust properties, barn dances and The Big Arts Show at The West Midlands Showground since he was 13. He likes to incorporate one of his greatest interests, improvisation and harmony, into all of his performances. Matthew’s influences come from many sources, from the Folk artists he saw at festivals he went to from an early age, such as Phil Beer, Bellowhead, Mabon and Last Orders, to Pop artists like Avicii, Kygo and Ed Sheeran and Pop Violinists such as Ashanti Floyd, Neil Amin-Smith, Patrick Contreras and Lindsey Stirling. Another of Matthew’s interests is electronic music and synths, which he likes to experiment with and to combine with his acoustic instruments, combining effects to morph the sound into something innovative and exciting.

Past projects have included recording for Pearl Love’s single Shuddering Trains; being part of the team that composed, recorded, played and produced the soundtrack for the short experimental film Memoirs by Lauren Dallas and Zara Denver; composing and playing on Will Keating’s album Cornwall My Home which celebrates the songs of Cornish Folk singer-songwriter Harry Glasson; composing and performing on Cornish Folk peformers Chris and Alan Symons’ album Simply Symons; playing at Looe Music Festival; and composing, recording and producing a 30 minute piece of music for light projection artist Andy McKeown’s 2018 installations at Conwy and Shrewsbury. Matthew has recently completed a BA(hons) Music degree at Falmouth University and has also released his debut album Rockhopper, available on all major digital music stores and will soon be available in physical CD form. If you would like to book Quantum Penguin to play at your venue then please visit the Contact Us page