Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills news

Hello Everybody

Hope you’re all well.

My turn to do the newsletter, so here goes…

Our BIG news is that Bex and me both have new albums coming out at the beginning of next year and will be out on the road throughout the country for 30 live dates between Feb 3rd and Easter. The list of dates and email addresses for tickets is below.

My album, ‘Stories of Angels & Guitars’ (Tomorrow Records) is released on January 16th and will be available on CD and download.

You can preorder it and listen to some sound samples at Amazon by following this link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stories-Angels-Guitars-Patsy-Matheson/dp/B006BJ5THI/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1323350466&sr=1-2

It features ten new songs with me playing guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, xylophone and percussion with Hugh Whitaker (ex Housemartins) on drums and Jon Short on double bass.

Reviews are only just starting to come in, but here’s a quick sample from our boasting file of what people are saying so far:

a gorgeously intimate late night album, full of lush harmonies and a wonderful stillness built of the sparse instrumentation and Patsy’s trademark husky fragility’ – Stephen Lambe, Classic Rock Soc Magazine 

The vocals are simply stunning… The smoothly melodious voice draws you into a song; add a little acoustic guitar and what more can you want? I would urge lovers of singer/songwriter and folk music to buy this album’ – Jason Ritchie, Get Ready To Rock!

Patsy Matheson, returns from the world of recording with a fabulous album… “Stories Of Angels & Guitars” is not an album to be rushed, give yourself time to listen to it properly so you can get the reward due you.’ – Neil King, Fatea Magazine

Becky’s album ‘Dandelion’ will be available at our live dates and released officially slightly later in the year. It’s been produced by Dave Creffield, (Embrace, the Kaiser Chiefs producer) who did such a wonderful job on Waking the Witch’s  ‘Boys from the Abattoir’ album, and features a wide range of very talented musicians. I’ve had a sneak preview and it is completely marvellous!

At our live shows, we are going to be playing some Waking the Witch songs, as well as songs from both of our new albums. Bex and I are also just in the process of making a couple of videos to promote the tour, so we will let you know when these are ready and posted up on You Tube.

You can keep up regularly with our news on Facebook (you’ll track down Bex under Rebecca Tamsin Ballantyne Mills and me under Patsy Matheson!!) or I’ve just set up a Twitter account, so feel free to follow us on that, although I’ve not quite got the hang of it yet…(if anyone can explain to me how it works, that would be very helpful indeed!)  – or we both have websites – www.beckymills.co.uk or www.patsymatheson.co.uk

Right then. I think that’s all our news for now.

Have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year and we look forward to catching you along the way in the Spring. Woop!

Best wishes

Patsy

for Jools, Rachel and Becky (Waking the Witch)  
SPRING TOUR: Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills

…0ne half of award winning female acoustic quartet, Waking the Witch

‘Expert musicianship and compelling interchanging lead vocals’ – Maverick Magazine

Official blurb: Since the well publicised break up of Waking the Witch, Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills have continued to delight audiences throughout the UK – Patsy as half of a duo with the legendary Clive Gregson (Gregson & Collister, Richard Thompson Band), and Becky singing alongside Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span) and Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention).

Now, to support the release of their two new albums ( Patsy’s ‘Stories of Angels & Guitars’ available 16th Jan 2012) and Becky’s ‘Dandelion’ , these two highly respected songwriters, singers and guitar players have joined forces resulting in a unique and personal sound, drawing on roots in traditional and contemporary folk, acoustic blues, R & B, jazz and rock, with an emphasis on intricate vocal harmonies. Combine this with the pair’s engaging charm and sense of humour, and this promises to be a very special evening of top quality entertainment.

Spring 2012:

FEBRUARY

Frid 3rd Feb – Carlisle, Carlisle Folk & Blues Club   www.carlislefolkandbluesclub.com

Wed 8th Feb – Lowdham, nr Nottingham, The Old Ship Inn   www.warthogpromotions.com

Thurs 9th Feb – Leicester, The Musician   www.themusicianpub.co.uk

Fri 10th Feb – Barton upon Humber,  Ropery Hall   www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/roperyhall/music.htm

Sat 11th Feb – Sheffield, Greystones    www.mygreystones.co.uk

Fri 17th Feb – Chagford, The Ring O Bells  www.ringobellschagford.co.uk

Sat 18th Feb – Torquay, Blue Walnut Cafe   www.bluewalnutcafe.com

Mon 20th Feb – Farnham, The Maltings   www.farnhammaltings.com

Tues 21st Feb – Battle, Hastings, Mrs Yarringtons @ Crowhurst Park www.mrsyarringtons.me.uk

Thurs 23rd Feb – York, Black Swan    www.blackswanfolkclub.org.uk

Fri 24th Feb – Otley, Korks    www.korks.co.uk

Sat 25th Feb – Burton, The Brewhouse Arts Centre  www.brewhouse.co.uk

Sun 26th Feb – Birmingham, The Kitchen Garden Cafe www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk

Tues 28th Feb – Montrose,  Links Hotel Folk Club   www.linkshotelmusic.com/folk-music.php

Wed 29th Feb – Lanark, Horse & Jockey

MARCH

Thurs 1st March – St Andrews, Lathones, The Inn at Lathones www.innatlathones.com

Fri 2nd March – Ulverston, Social Club    http://www.slmp.btinternet.co. uk

Sat 3rd March – Dumfries & Galloway, Sanquhar Arts Centre  www.all-the-airts.com

Tues 6th March – Nr Beverley, Processed Pea, The Light Dragoon, Etton www.theprocessedpea.co.uk

Thurs 8th March – E. Devon, Otterton,  Otterton Mill   www.ottertonmill.com

Fri 9th March – Bridgwater, Arts Centre   www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

Sat 10th March – Wellington Arts Centre  www.w-a-a.co.uk

Sun 11th March – Nr Gloucester Wotton under Edge, Arts Centre  www.utea.org.uk

Fri 16th March – Grassington, Appletreewick, Craven Arms www.craven-cruckbarn.co.uk

Sat 17th March – Preston, New Continental  www.newcontinental.net

Fri 23rd March – Milton Keynes, The Stables   www.stables.org

Sun 25th March – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club   www.thetradesclub.com

April

Sunday 8th April – Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival www.barnsleyacoustic.co.uk

Friday 13th April – Hinckley, Hinckley ACT  www.hinckleyact.co.uk

Saturday 14th April – Pickering, Newton upon Rawcliffe, Village Hall Dennis.Wilcock@btopenworld.com

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