Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills January newsletter

Hello Everybody and a very happy New Year to you all.

An update on our news!

Bex and me are busy getting ready for our Spring tour. We’ve changed the strings on our guitars and worked out a route that includes most of the UK’s TK Max stores, so it’s all systems go from February onwards. We’ve been busy rehearsing  – we’re going to be doing songs from our new CDs as well as Waking the Witch favourites.

Here’s some footage of us having a bit of a jam round at my house last month!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwR1leJ2WQY

This song ‘If You Ask Me’ is on my new CD ‘Stories of Angels  Guitars’ which is released on 16th Jan. It’s available from all major retailers from that date, on CD and download. You can preorder  it now online from Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stories-Angels-Guitars-Patsy-Matheson/dp/B006BJ5THI

It was really great to hear a track from the new album played by Mike Harding last night on his Radio 2 Folk Show. He said:

Patsy MathesonA singer-songwriter lots of you will know cos she’s been on the scene for quite a time working with people like Clive Gregson and she was part of Waking the Witch…the lass has got a lovely voice…this song (Hundred Guitars) is one of those great songs that tells a story but does it in a very subtle way – she’s gigging all over the UK in February and March with her ex Waking the Witch bandmate Becky Mills – so look out for them, they’re going to be well worth checking out’

You can hear the show up until January 11th on the Listen Again option at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wrmz

So far the feedback for the CD from reviewers has been fabulous:

‘It is BEAUTIFUL – the opening track, particularly, is gorgeous’ – Andy Kershaw

‘Unhurried and warmly recorded, Patsy Matheson’s new set of songs elevates her performances to a remarkable level. It takes a confident soul to leave an album as unadorned as this but the simplicity here is fundamental. Those who hunger for the sound of wood, strings and voice will want to dive right in.’ – David Kushar, Spiral Earth

The new album from former Waking the Witch member Patsy Matheson, has taken the music world by storm, not yet released but already greatly applauded by industry insiders       – Jean Camp, Folking.com

‘What a gorgeous album! I’ll be including a song or two in the next show.’ – Richard Bolland, Roots & Fusion Radio

‘This album’s also probably one of the most intimate musical experiences you could imagine, with each song so very lovingly crafted, assembled and executed… Stories Of Angels And Guitars is a stunningly fine album, which marks Patsy’s return to recording both as an artistic triumph and a definite contender for the 2012 best-lists (already!)’ – David Kidman,  NetRhythms

‘Patsy, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and ex-member of Waking The Witch, has scored a mighty hit with this lovely album…This no-pressure collection of ten soul-searching, starkly beautiful songs has done wonders’ – Mick Tems, Folkwales

‘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, Classic Rock Newswire

‘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

‘From start to finish Patsy fourth solo album is like an expensive claret, smooth, rich and velvety which takes the listener into a warm glow of musical heaven.’ – Paul Abraham, www.leedsmusicpromotions.com

‘Patsy Matheson has produced a sensual, intimate and haunting album containing 10 superbly-crafted songs of love, longing and all the emotions in between… the result is a laid back delight  that demands to be listened too, preferably with the lights turned low and a decent bottle of wine to hand.’ – John Metcalfe, Halifax Courier

‘The angels are present from the start …a confident strength and a belief in every word she sings’ – Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky

I’ve also done a few interviews for various online publications, so please have look if you get a second:

http://reviews.getreadytorock.com/blog/_archives/2011/12/21/4963162.html

http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/featuresinterviews/interviews/30-seconds-with-patsy-matheson/

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1v6e0/MusosMagazineIssue13/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl

Becky’s new website is well on the way, see www.beckymills.co.uk and her new CD ‘Dandelion’ will be released later in the Spring and available to buy at our shows. It’s completely gorgeous.

Radio

Becky and me are calling in to do a bit of a sing on the Durbervilles Folk & Roots show at BBC Radio Leeds on the evening of Sunday 15th January. You can listen live on the BBC Radio Leeds website. Our plan is to get them to join in on a song! Watch this space!

Also, on Sunday 22nd Jan, we are doing a  live session with Simon Jones Folk Show on Moorlands Radio – listen live at http://www.moorlandsradio.co.uk/author/simon/

And  James Blatchley at Chorley FM has invited us in for a return visit to his show on Tuesday 24th Jan – http://www.chorley.fm/

Gigs

Here is a list of our Spring gigs. We are delighted to announce an exciting addition to the list, which is the Acoustic Festival of Britain in May. Waking the Witch performed at this festival a few years ago, and it was definitely one of the nicest ones we’ve been to, so it would be great to see you there. For more info and how to book, check out:

http://www.acousticfestival.co.uk/

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

May

May 25th-27th Acoustic Festival of Britain – Uttoxeter Race Course www.acousticfestival.co.uk

Lastly, we will be posting regular updates throughout the Tour on our Facebook sites, so please check them out and send us a Friend request, or follow us on Twitter!

Thanks for listening.

We look forward to catching you along the way!

Best wishes

Pats & Bex

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