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A Song For Matt

Musicians say goodbye to Golay with benefit concert

"We sing our songs and stay in time
We stay in tune and try to rhyme
What will come next we will try to find
The words to fit inside that one last line"

The above lyrics come form Matt Golay's song "The Last Song," fit the spirit that will bring at least nine bands together at the Algoma Club to honor their friend and fellow performer who died Feb. 5 of a heart defect known as a myocardial bridge at the age of 30.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Saturday, April 9, 2005

Tribute a Musical Celebration of Golay's Life

Friends, family and fellow musicians will gather Sunday to pay tribute to Matthew Golay, an Oshkosh musician and band manager who died of a heart defect on Feb. 5.

"The funeral cost close to $11,000," said David Rause, one of the tribute organizers. "The friends want to do something for the family."

Rause was one of Golay's closest friends and his musical partner over the last three years of Tuesday night open mics at the Paper City Pub in Neenah.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Thursday, April 7, 2005

Oshkosh Musician and Music Promoter Remembered

It's 11 p.m. at the Reptile Palace bar, heavy metal is blaring from the jukebox and Tiffany Bolling, Dave Rause and Andy Lubahn are sitting at a small table talking about the memories they have of their friend Matt Golay, a popular local musician and manager who died early last month from a heart condition he didn't know he had. He was 30 years old.

The group is meeting to put the final touches on a benefit they organized in Golay's honor, but they can't help breaking into stories of "how they knew Matt."

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Oshkosh Musician’s Love of Music Lives on in Friends

Members of the Fox Valley music community were shocked to learn of the recent death of 30-year-old musician and promoter Matthew Golay.

His death early the morning of Feb. 5, due to a heart defect known as myocardial bridge, was a huge blow not just because of his youth and promise, but also because he had become a substantial presence on the scene, a savvy musician who shared his knowledge through the management company he called TMJ Productions.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Monday, February 14, 2005

Musician Left His Mark for Helping Others in the Business

The music scene in the Fox Valley has suffered a blow with the sudden and unexpected death of a young and accomplished musician.

Oshkosh resident Matthew Golay, 30, died Feb. 5 and his death shocked those who knew him and appreciated his abilities as a songwriter, musician and his management of original music artists.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Saturday, February 12, 2005

Oshkosh Bids Farewell to Favorite Son

Reporting on arts and entertainment in Oshkosh comes with a certain amount of perks.

How many other jobs revolve around attending concerts, touring art galleries and talking with people about their creative inspirations?

What's always surprised me about getting to know the people that seem larger than life when the spotlight is shining brightly on them up on stage is that the true artisans are grounded in a belief that they were not put on this earth to simply make money or entertain the masses, but they are here to leave a mark.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Thursday, February 10, 2005

Matthew Golay's Obituary

Golay, Matthew P.

Matthew Paul Golay, age 30, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 5, 2005. He was born in Oshkosh on June 21, 1974, to Paul and Marianne (Sanders) Golay of Appleton. Matthew was an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter whose career began in 1987 when he hocked his baseball card collection to buy his first guitar.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Monday, February 7, 2005

Pub Crawl

If you go

You can catch Matthew Golay with Jason Lipsky at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ned Kelly's, 223 N. Washington St., Green Bay.

Who: Matthew Golay

A quick history: With rock star aspirations dancing in his head, Oshkosh musician Golay used paper route money to buy his first guitar when he was 13. After dabbling in punk and metal as a teenager, Golay "mellowed out" to make a brief, uninspired foray into retail.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Thursday, March 4, 2004

Alone Review - The Valley Scene

Alone (Giantseed)

With his down-to-earth delivery and deeply personal lyrics, local singer songwriter Matthew Golay creates music that firmly plants your feet on the ground while pushing your head into the clouds. The 28-year-old Oshkosh resident's latest album, Alone, is a solid effort that showcases his ability with both lyrics and guitar. From beginning to end, Alone is enjoyable and engaging.

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Thursday, August 1, 2002

Alone Review - Entertainment News

"Alone" is a collection of 11-cuts of Ballad style songs. Matthew Excells as a songwriter with good vision and structure for his storylines. This CD is an adventure in acoustic impassioned songs like: "I Do", "The Deep End", "So Long", "That Eye", and "The Back Of My Mind".

What I hear is really good. I think it would be recieved very well on a College and ALT Radio network.

Entertainment News (Santa Fe, TX) - August 2002

Posted by Jeff Sanders on Thursday, August 1, 2002