Andersen at ACT in Maple Ridge

Matt Andersen plays the ACT on Saturday

Matt Andersen plays the ACT on Saturday

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen is having the busiest years of his career.

He has played more than 100 shows from coast to coast, toured with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, played 14 Canadian folk, jazz and blues festivals and two shows at Britain’s massive Glastonbury Festival.

Hailing from New Brunswick, Andersen is known for his larger-than-life showmanship that has earned him a fervent and steadfast fan base. His sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid style has gained him multiple East Coast Music Awards and an international reputation.

Andersen is the first Canadian artist to win the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.

And now, in support of a new CD, he returns as part of a cross-Canada tour appearing at The ACT in Maple Ridge this weekend.

Andersen’s honey-tinged voice and his astonishing guitar skills express his very real, very rare talent.

Juno nominee for roots album of the year Del Barber opens for Andersen. Barber has won over audiences across Canada and the U.S. with his raw musical talent and ample doses of charm.

In  two years, Barber has released two full-length records and played over 300 dates throughout North America. His sophomore record, Love Songs for the Last Twenty, was recently nominated for an independent album of the year and roots solo recording of the year at The Western Canadian Music.

• Matt Andersen and Del Barber play the ACT on Saturday at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit theactmapleridge.org.