Testimonials for the Shows:
"Your program was wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed having you as part of our schedule of activities. Your program truly gave visitors a chance to experience history from a unique perspective."
--Coordinator, Canal Place, Cumberland, MD
"Sir, you are a musician, a historian and an entertainer,"
--a Confederate Re-Enactor
"Your show is lively and fun... you fit in perfectly here."
-- Programming Director, Historic Cold Spring Village,
Cape May, NJ
"Your show itself was worth the price of admission."
-- Guest at Historic Cold Spring Village
"I have not seen that much enthusiasm and toe-tapping here in quite a while! Everyone is still talking about the show and how much they enjoyed it!"
--Activities Director, Retirement Center
"This is the best show we've ever had here!"
-- resident at a retrirement center
(said numerous times at various sites)
"You really brought back the memories!"
--a retired Railroader
"Your show was superb! Everyone loved it. And the horses loved it too!"
--Director, horse rescue ranch
"You really have a passion for it."
"You are to be commended for your knowledge of the canal era."
--canal historian and boat-model builder
"You have a wonderful instrument."
-- opera and Braodway singer, Marilyn Savage,
referring to Matthew's voice
"I wanted someone to tell stories like Mark Twain and sing songs too. You were perfect!"
--historian's wife after his 50th birthday party
"I just want to say, you sir, are an inspiration and a revelation for many. It's easy to learn the songs, but it
takes dedication to learn OF the songs. I am glad there are still people dedicated to not forgetting history, and keeping it very much alive."
--"Johnny Reb", re-encactor
"You are a national treasure."
-- member of the Surratt Society
"We thought you really were a hobo!'
-- audience mebers
"That was extraordinary! I hope they have you every year!"
-- a teacher after a school show
"We love you!"
-- middle school students after a performance
"That was the best program on the American flag I ever saw" -an 85-year-old audience member