Montz Matsumoto’s unique music is a fusion of folk and bluegrass with a touch of Japanese and Indian traditional styles. Montz began his music career 1987 with the legendary Japanese folk group Takaishi Tomoya & The Natasha Seven. Later, he travelled to South India to where he studied traditional vocal and rhythm theory. After returning to Kyoto, he formed a group with musicians including percussion player Robin Lloyd and mandolin player Miyazaki Katsuyuki. Their first CD was released in 1996. In 1997, he supported Peter Rowan’s Okinawa Tour. Living in Australia since 2002, he was awarded first place in Francis Folk Gathering Musicianship Contest and the Band Contest in 2003 and in 2004. He released his second CD Banjo Moon in 2007. We are lucky indeed to have Montz on the big stage this year at Wirrina.