Matthew Songmaker is a musician who calls the small mountain community of Shingletown California his home. He is 15 years old. His ethnic background includes Inuit (Eskimo) and he traces his roots back to the Aleutian Islands and Haines, Alaska.
His musical instrument of choice is the fiddle, but he is quite comfortable playing the guitar, mandolin, banjo, standup bass, saxophone and accordion as well. He also sings and has written a lot of his own material. In addition to bluegrass, he plays a variety of Americana music, including, gospel, country and blues.
He frequently plays with his duo parner Sami Jo as well as his own band the December Bicyclests. Songmaker began performing at the age of 12 and has played venues all over Northern California and Nevada.
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