Tom Matthews

Freelance Sound Engineer
Exeter, Devon and the South West.

Specialist in ‘Acoustic’ and ‘roots/folk’ music with over 5 years of experience mixing hundreds of performers and groups in a variety of performance settings and venues.

Phone: 07792 545 605

I take pride in providing quality sound solutions which are sensitive to performer’s differing needs and appropriate to audience and venue demands. I am conscientious in producing musicians’ desired sounds and in creating a complementary stereo landscape where instruments and vocals sound rich and do not compete across audio frequencies. With a good working knowledge of the roots/ acoustic scene today.

I am adaptable and able to take supportive roles within a larger team or can provide consultancy skills in planning your event and use my proven promotional skills to produce publicity and advertise using my knowledge of local networks.

I am reliable, honest and enthusiastic about the work I do and am finding myself increasingly in demand in the Exeter and Devon area. I can provide PA systems for intimate venues up to 150 capacity using a combination of up-to-date BOSE Amplification & Speaker Technology and industry standard Sure microphones and Orchid DI boxes and can provide references as required from satisfied clients.

Van driver with clean license.
SPA Safety Passport holder.
BECTU member with Public Liability Insurance up to £10,000,000 limit of indemnity.

I am currently engaged in further educational training in ‘Live Sound’ with dBs Music in Plymouth with qualifications administered through the University of Plymouth.


5+ years sound technician at Barnfield Music Club. Setting up PA and providing sound support for a popular monthly open-mic night that caters to a variety of amateur and professional performers. The club often features more than 14 acts an evening with a broad range of acts and instrumentation regularly including acoustic guitars, fiddles, banjo, ukelele, upright acoustic double-bass, accordion, harmonica, as well as flutes, keyboards pipes sitars, electronica and didgeridoos!

I have worked at a variety of venues across the Exeter area including Exeter Phoenix Voodoo lounge & bar, Amber Rooms, Topsham Globe, Crediton Lamb Inn, Exeter Boston Tea Party, The Real Food Café, Brook Guitar Workshop, Totnes Studio Lounge, Totnes Barrel House and The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter. I have worked with a number of promoters and engineered artists including, The Cavarick Sisters, Benny Gallagher, Phil Beer, Dave Wood, Phil Henry and Hannah Martin and Tobias Ben Jakob, Billy Bottle & the Multiple, Count to Fire, Mozura, Andy Fonda, and the Magic Bus Band.

I have provided sound support and PA equipment for the Silver Tree Nights series of events at Boston’s tea Party in Exeter catering for a mixed bag of Acoustic based bands, poets, comedians, theatre and dance troupes and multimedia presentations. I have provided sound support and co-ordinated PA equipment for fundraising events for Phonic FM in the Voodoo Lounge at Exeter Phoenix arts centre for a series of folk music based events in association with the popular ‘Roots n Shoots’ radio program.

I served on the Exeter Respect Festival Committee and was involved in detailed planning and booking of artists in preparation for their 2008/2009 events. In 2013 I returned at short notice to manage the Cafe stage, for which I booked all the acts, stage managed and co-engineered at the popular Exeter free festival which drew a crowd of 20,000 through its gates.

I continue to provide sound support and planning for a series of Butterscotch Sunday film and music evenings and my own Exeter Local Records promotions including a recent series of sold out shows at the Real Food Cafe in Exeter which will be returning monthly from September 2013.