Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 24-07-2009

In Tune: Patsy Matheson and Clive Gregson

by Liz Corlett

In Tune: Patsy Matheson and Clive Gregson

Following the release of her first solo album in eleven years, A Little Piece of England, singer-songwriter Patsy Matheson is embarking on a series of British dates, accompanied by respected fellow tunesmith Clive Gregson, and the pair will make Peel's Centenary Centre their first port of call.

 

The show, on Saturday 3rd October, will be Patsy's first gig in the Sunset City and Clive's first visit to the Island since 1996.

 

Patsy is best known as a founder member of the award-winning acoustic quartet, Waking the Witch.  

 

Critics and fans alike were surprised when Waking the Witch announced they were calling it a day after five successful years on the road. 

 

Yorkshire-based Patsy, Jools Parker, Rachel Goodwin and Becky Mills, whose enviable song writing skills and harmonies had seen them likened to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, had decided it was time to pursue other avenues.

 

Patsy, who plays trademark mandolin as well as guitars, was a successful solo artist for some time before forming Waking the Witch. 

 

She released two albums, performed solo at Glastonbury and supported top artists including Al Stewart, Christy Moore, Gordon Giltrap, Dick Gaughan, Glenn Tilbrook, The Saw Doctors and the late great John Martyn.

 

Clive is probably best known for his successful work with Manx vocalist Christine Collister and as the leader of cult band Any Trouble. 

 

He has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine, and  been voted one of the ‘1,000 Great Guitarists’ by Guitar Magazine. 

 

Clive, who is also appearing in the Autumn throughout the UK as special guest of Jools Holland, will be accompanying Patsy on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and accordion. 

 

Now re-affirming her strength as a genre-hopping solo artist, Patsy, who penned some of Waking the Witch’s best loved numbers, continues to write diverse and original songs; on tour, she will be plying a mixture of new and vintage material. 

 

The night's support will come from local artists Val and Barry Nelson.

 

Barry, one of the finest guitarists and singer-songwriters on the Island, has been playing gigs around the Isle of Man and in the UK for more than twenty years as a member of numerous bands. Val will accompany him on bass and vocals in what is also a Centenary debut.

 

The show, which has been organised by Jonno Promotions, will start at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) on Saturday 3rd October. Tickets are £10 and available in advance from Celtic Gold in Peel, Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Shakti Man and Ramsey Music Supplies in Ramsey, or www.etickets.im

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