Matt said to bring Americana sound to Riverboats

By Alex Gretgrix

SAILING down the Murray on a paddlesteamer with Americana music filling the air is Matt Joe Gow's type of gig.

And if it's yours too, you're in luck because he will be doing just that at the Riverboats Festival this weekend.

Although the New Zealand-born singer hasn't taken to the stage here before, you could definitely say he's excited to be on the bill.

“We're super excited,” he said.

“It's a great, diverse line-up and we're honoured to be a part of it.”

Since 2009, Matt has given Australia a taste of his talents in the form of blues, rock and more recently Americana style tunes.

But Matt will be keeping his audience on their toes throughout the weekend with his band arrangements.

“It's going to be great to be representing the Americana music sound on this bill,” he said.

“I'll be bringing my five-piece band, but I'll also be playing as part of a trio on as a solo artist over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Matt will be setting up shop as one of the acts on the Pride of Murray.

“We do three-part harmonies with the trio and the organisers believed that sound would be good for the paddle steamers,” he said.

But thankfully for Matt and other musicians, there will be time for leisure this weekend.

“With other festivals, you're in and out, usually just in a day,” he said.

“But with Riverboats, we'll have time to relax and enjoy the weekend as well, which is just amazing.”

If you're keen to see Matt in action, he will be playing the main stage on Friday from 6.30pm, paddling down the Murray from 2.30pm on Saturday and crooning at the Beechworth Bakery from 9.30am for the Annual Festival breakfast.

Tickets are still available for Matt's paddlesteamer show and the breakfast and they can be purchased online at