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Canadian Bluesman Matt Andersen @ The Grapes, Sun June 1st
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Author:  CraigA [ Mon May 19, 2008 9:20 pm ]
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June's Americana Night is an International affair as we welcome Canadian Bluesman Matt Andersen to The Grapes. The Blues theme continues with main support Richard Kitson, and local singer/songwriter Steve Gascoigne opens the show. Doors open at a slightly earlier than usual 7.45pm and advance tickets are £5 (available from Jacks Records, and


New Brunswick's Matt Andersen is a larger than life personality who's showmanship has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Matt's sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid, allied to his sorrowing and soulful voice, has sparked a phenomenal buzz on Canada's east coast.

After an introductory EP, Matt released two critically acclaimed live albums of fans favourites. 'Solo At Sessions' was nominated in the East Coast Music Awards and was followed by 'Live At Liberty House'. Soon after 'Second Time Around' was released containing studio versions of some of the popular tracks from those live works.

Along with a very busy touring schedule as a headliner at festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Matt has shared a stage and toured with Bo Diddley, America, Randy Bachman and a host of others. In 2007 Matt undertook his first UK tour alongside Dave Gunning and Jessica Rhaye and proved to be a big success. He returns in 2008 to promote forthcoming new studio album 'Something In-Between'.The album has been recorded in the UK and features backing from Eric Clapton's post Cream band who have also toured and recorded with Sheffield's own Joe Cocker and George Harrison.

Matt is a very real and rare talent, acclaimed as one of Canada's finest guitar players. Come and see what all the fuss will be about.

*The Times* "Canada's greatest guitarist made one acoustic guitar sound like a fully staffed band. Outrageous skill and contagious joy."

*BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones* "I like this album."

*Maverick* "Very pleasurable album from this talented guitarist/singer/songwriter."

*Manchester Evening News* "Matt Andersen is an acoustic bluesman whose latest CD, Second Time Around, is as cheerful and relaxed as a conversation with an old friend. The sharp picking is a blues fancier's dream, and his voice has a restrained fervour that shines on strong original material."

*Rock n Reel* "This is a serious collection. Matt demonstrates his considerable skills. He has a big voice, which can roar, bellow or be remarkably gentle, even managing to sound authentically black in some of his phrasing. There isn't one track that I won't welcome hearing again."

*Blues Matters* "A strong release. This album comes from raw talent. I hope there's more to follow."


Tonight Richard plays a solo acoustic set. Lying somewhere between folk and blues, Richard's acoustic songs tend to reflect upon experiences, places, and relationships. He uses his solo gigs as an opportunity to pay homage to the bluesmen who started it all and also to excercise his softer troubador side with his fusion of country, delta blues and folk. Richard playied last year's Moor Music Festival in Ilkley where he kept alive the spirit of the likes of Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Boy Fuller with a nod to the likes of current day stars Seasick Steve and Tom Waits.

"Richard Kitson is fantastic" Sandman Magazine, July 2007.


Steve Gascoigne has been around and about the music scene for twenty odd years. He's worked with many great musicians along the way including some of his all time heroes Joe Strummer, Glenn Tilbrook, Jools Holland and The Hothouse Flowers. Steve's recently completed new material with his band with the album set to appear soon. His diverse influences include The Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Hank Williams, The Clash and Steve Earle.

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Author:  Eoin [ Mon May 19, 2008 9:22 pm ]
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thats gonna give someone a stroke if they look at it for long enough.

Author:  CraigA [ Mon May 19, 2008 9:25 pm ]
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Keep looking.... Anyway, did somebody mention live music or something...

Author:  CraigA [ Fri May 23, 2008 1:58 pm ]
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Just added a live video of Matt in action to t'event page here:

Author:  CraigA [ Sat May 31, 2008 11:33 pm ]
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Tomorrow/tonight depending when you read this, price on t'door will be £6.

Author:  CraigA [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:49 pm ]
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And now tonight, and probably a fiver if you know me :wink:

Author:  MR L [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:20 pm ]
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hope it's a good turn out, mentioned it to a load of people who usually come & see us.............would be there if we weren't playing!!

Author:  Dave [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:42 pm ]
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CraigA wrote:
And now tonight, and probably a fiver if you know me :wink:

Have a good 'un big man! Can't make it down as I've got to work till fucking 1am! :evil:

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