Scott Matthews celebrates groundbreaking album in Cumbria

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9 February 2017 10:43AM

IVOR Novello-winning singer-songwriter Scott Matthews brings his latest solo tour to Cumbria, marking a decade since his seminal debut album was released.

The highly-respected musician, who has performed on a number of international sell-out tours with the likes of Bert Jansch, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and Rufus Wainwright, will appear at the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, on Thursday March 30.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Passing Stranger, Matthews' groundbreaking first release.

The bold mix of folk, rock, blues and Eastern-­inspired song-­writing earned him serious critical acclaim, and in 2007 his first single, Elusive, won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

It set him up for an enviable career so far, with Robert Plant joining him on the follow-up album, Elsewhere, as a string of high-profile international tours followed.

His most recent releases are 2014's Home: Part 1, and last year's Home: Part 2, both created from his home in the West Midlands, and the projects inspired Matthews to set up his own record label in 2016, Shedio Records.

The latest instalment is a conscious effort to return to what drove him in the early days - "a need to rekindle a relationship with the artist I was 10 years ago, but joining forces with the artist I am today".

Whilst his own experiences are often the inspiration for his song-writing, books, films and art sit at the heart of many of his songs. Strongly rooted in the Midlands, there is undoubtedly inspiration to be found here with its rich musical heritage, and he often references the landscape and its characters in his writing, most recently in the slide blues guitar track Black Country Boy.

This latest celebratory tour will see Matthews revisit the material from Passing Stranger, including the single of the same name and fan favourite Dream Song, alongside greatest hits from his five albums to date.

Tickets for the show on March 30 are available from the Brewery Arts Centre box office now.

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