Waking The Witch newsletter

Hello Everybody.
Patsy here. My turn to do the newsletter this time! Hope you are all well!

Just a quick update then – there are some gigs coming up so I’ll give you the links and details and other bits of newsy stuff!

April

Becky Mills & me are doing a gigs the Cinnamon Club in Altrincham, Cheshire, next Friday 8th April. If you’ve not been there before, it’s a really cool evening – lovely room, great intimate atmosphere and the food is very good indeed, so we recommend not eating before you come out! For tickets and info see www.thecinnamonclub.net

Bex and I are also playing in September together and doing a song writing workshop at the wonderful Lanark Music Connections festival on Sat 3rd, Sun 4th . We will post more information on this as we get it!

Also in April, I am playing doing a couple of dates in the North East accompanied by Clive Gregson who is over from the States.

Patsy Matheson accompanied by Clive Gregson:

Thursday 28th April – Northumberland, Bellingham www.baaclub.co.uk
Saturday 30th April – Bellingham All Acoustic Festival www.baafest.co.uk. This festival will be great – also appearing are The Old Dance School, Bob Fox, Rod Clements and a host of others.

Clive is doing a run of solo shows throughout the UK during May to support the release of his new album ‘Bittersweet’ on May 16th. Catch him if you get the chance. I was very honoured to be invited to sing on the album; – have a listen to Julianne by following this link http://www.clivegregson.com/news.htm . Details of Clive’s dates are also there.

June
Jason Feddy is in the UK in June and he and I are doing a few dates. During the gigs, we will each do a solo set and finish the evening together. Jason has just released a wonderful collection of the songs from the works of William Shakespeare, some of which will be included in the set. For more information on ‘Shakepeare’s Fool – Songs from the Plays’ see www.shakespearesfool.com

Patsy Matheson & Jason Feddy:
Friday 17th June – Otley, Korks www.korks.co.uk
Saturday 18th June – Lindley, Lindley Woodstock Festival
Sunday 19th June – Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Café www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk
Thursday 23rd June – Cruck Barn, Appletreewick, Grassington Fringe Festival
www.grassingtonfestival.org.uk/fringe.cfm
Sunday 26th June – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/festival

Bob Dylan Album for Oxfam

Circuit Music’s Chris Euesden has just organised the production of an album of Bob Dylan songs recorded by other Artists to raise funds for Oxfam. The album features tracks from Christine Collister, Dave Burland , Julie Matthews, Chris & Kelly While, Clive Gregson, Edwina Hayes, Jez Lowe, Blonde on Bob, etc. I recorded a version of ‘One More Cup of Coffee’ to go on the album. It will available very soon. For more information, contact Chris at chris@circuitmusic.co.uk

Other News
Becky has recently completed a run of shows with Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol to support the release of their new album Copper, Russet & Gold. Becky also appears as guest vocalist on the album. For more information, visit Ken’s homepage at www.kennicol.co.uk

Last month I appeared as special guest of award-winning duo Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. For information on their gorgeous album ‘Silent June’ (voted one of Mojo’s top ten Folk albums for 2010) see www.ohooleyandtidow.com.

I also recently recorded ‘Mallard’ by the great Michael Chapman as part of an album of his songs made to celebrate his seventieth birthday, also featuring, amongst others, Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp and Bridget St. John. I went to see Michael play last week, and it was a brilliant show. He is currently touring throughout the UK, and more information can be found at www.michaelchapman.co.uk

Rachel Goodwin & Becky put on a fantastic show last month at Knaresborough’s Frazer Theatre. It was the first time they had done a gig as a duo, and it was in aid of funds for the theatre renovation. Thanks to all who attended. Let’s hope they do another one soon…

Bex’s new album ‘Leeds Lullaby’ is well on the way to being finished. I have had a sneak preview of some of the new songs and they are better than ever! To keep up to date with her news, you can find her here on Facebook (she’s on my friends list!)

Booking

For information on how to book me (Patsy Matheson) for a show, also Michael Chapman, Steve Tilston & The Durbervilles and others, contact Graham Smout at GPS Music via his website www.gpsmusicartists.co.uk. We are currently booking for Spring 2012 to support the release of my new album, ‘Short Stories of Angels & Guitars’ early next year. I am playing everything on the album (!) apart from the drums, which are being played by Hugh Whittaker from the legendary Housemartins. Will let you know the release date as soon as I have it.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

We hope to catch you along the way.

Kind Regards
Pats, Bex, Jools & Rachel

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