Ethereal, graceful, beautiful
SINGER-SONGWRITER Scott Matthews will return to the island next month to help raise cash for Manx Cancer Help.
The gig, which will take place at the Centenary Centre in Peel on Saturday, November 10, has been organised by French artist and new island resident Bruno Cavallec.
Bruno explained: ‘I am very privileged to know Scott, having worked on each of his three albums, so, after his performance at Mannifest last year, I asked him if he would consider coming back in 2012 to do a gig for a charity.
‘Since he has enjoyed his first visit very much, he immediately agreed to return to the island for a solo show.’
He said: ‘He is really looking forward to it now and is coming for a bit longer this time in order to visit some of the places I’ve described to him and to make the most of the Manx experience. Who knows, the island might inspire him to write a song one day.’
Influenced by artists including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Marc Bolan, and Joe Satriani, the Wolverhampton-based musician released his first album Passing Stranger in March 2006 on San Remo Records. It was re-released on Island Records later in the year.
And his music was soon picked up by the radio. His first single Elusive received huge airplay from BBC Radio 1 DJs Jo Whiley, Dermot O’Leary, and Zane Lowe.
He then toured the British Isles extensively and even appeared in support of the Foo Fighters for their acoustic Skin and Bones concerts around the country in June 2006.
In May 2007, he won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for Elusive.
He has since released two further albums - Elsewhere on Island records and What the Night Delivers.
‘Scott Matthews is simply one of the UK’s best kept-secrets,’ exclaimed Bruno, ‘He is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician who has developed a unique sound and style over the years.
‘Very few artists manage to convey true emotions through their music like Mr Matthews does.
‘There is something almost spiritual to his voice at times and his melodic sense is just mind blowing… otherworldly. This is a man who can write songs with a grace and subtleness that many contemporary singer/songwriters just cannot match.’
In conclusion, he said: ‘If you love beautiful song-writing, rich and layered melodies, an ethereal voice and incredible guitar playing, then don’t miss Scott Matthews’s unique solo performance on the Isle of Man.Get yourself one of the few remaining tickets still available for sale.’
He added: ‘I met quite a few people who have seen Scott live and each could tell you that it’s an experience you’ll remember for a long time.
‘Not very often, one gets the chance to see such a rare talent… and the Centenary Centre in Peel is the perfect setting for Scott’s intimate music.
‘Also, you’ll be supporting a great cause because all proceeds from ticket sales go to Manx Cancer Help.
‘So, for those lucky to be there, expect a wonderful night of superbly crafted songs and true musical spirit.’
The support act will be Christy DeHaven.
Tickets cost £13 and are available from Celtic Gold, Peter Norris Music, Shakti Man, Thompson Travel and online at www.centenarycentre.com.
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