Reflections on my first live stream

On June 28th 2020 I did my first livestream concert to launch my Savage Pilgrims album.  (Just press play above to watch it) Since lockdown began I've seen a lot of people do live-streaming with a really mixed…

The lost art of listening 

"So you had better do as you are told 
You better listen to the radio"
Radio Radio ELVIS COSTELLO 

In a world where we are constantly assaulted by visual stimulus through adverts, social media and TV I've been pleasantly surprised…

Bendigo knew my Grandad - a family legend 

For many years now I've been singing a song I wrote based on Arthur Conan Doyle's poem 'Bendy's Sermon'. Last year I appeared on BBC TV's Flog it! to sing the song during a segment they did about Bendigo's life…

We Shall Overcome Isolation Festival

We Shall Overcome is a movement of musicians and community organisers who are angry about the human costs of austerity policies but who want to do something practical to help those affected. I was one of the people who helped…

Don of the day : A Don Williams cover project

Inspired by Joe Pernice’s series Barely Manilow these are cover versions of songs by country music's gentle giant Don Williams. 

Don of the day #1 : Come early morning 

Listening to Don can make me feel calm and centred or…

Goodbye Quiet Loner

To mark my 50th birthday in March I have decided, after almost twenty years, to drop the Quiet Loner name and revert to releasing music and performing under my own name Matt Hill. 

It feels like the right time…

Quiet Loner : Review of the year 2019

Looking back on 2019 I’ve done fewer gigs than I normally play, but there have been some real highlights. I’ve picked ten things of note that happened this year. Nine were really great, the tenth is not so good, but…

I need this like a hole in the head.


A musician reflects on living with Semi-circular/Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS)

A few years ago I started to notice a change in my hearing. Weird stuff started happening. One day I realised the strange scratching noise I kept hearing was…

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Glasgow Songwriting Festival

Glasgow Songwriting festival is an annual event celebrating the art of songwriting. Around 40 songwriters of all abilities gather for twelve hours of songwriting workshops led by four experienced tutors who for 2019 were Boo Hewerdine, Carol Laula, Emma Pollock…

Singing on BBC TV – Flog it!

About two years ago I filmed an episode of BBC TV’s ‘Flog it!’, to be honest I was beginning to think it would never see the light of day, but it finally aired on BBC One recently.

I was asked…

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Peterloo 200th – new shows with Tracey Browne

THE PEOPLE’S VOTE – From Peterloo to Brexit
A song cycle with Quiet Loner and Tracey Browne

Singer-songwriters Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) and Tracey Browne present an evening of live music about the fight for people’s votes.

Beginning with Peterloo…

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Song featured on BBC Radio 4

A Quiet Loner song from ‘Battle for the Ballot’ featured this week on a BBC Radio 4 documentary.

Encounters with Victoria presented by Lucy Worsley explores Victoria’s reign and this weeks episode featured the Chartist rising and an incident when…