Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy

Friday 14 June

About the artist

Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Andersen didn’t really have a choice: in his family, everyone made music. He played the tuba and a bit of bass guitar and drums, until he picked up the guitar at age 14 and later started to use his voice. He started his musical career in 2002 and played and toured with some big names in music, such as Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King, and Beth Hart. The gentle giant has also amassed a whole string of prestigious awards, among which several Maple Blues Awards and European Blues Awards for Best Solo/Acoustic Act. He released latest album, The Big Bottle of Joy, in 2023. His tenth studio album follows 2022’s acclaimed House To House. At HIBF, he performs with his band, also called The Big Bottle of Joy.