Scott Mathews will be performing at the London Acoustic Guitar Show in conjunction with Guild Guitars. Scott will be on the main stage at 1.45pm on Sunday 8 September, after which there will be an opportunity to meet the award-winning singer-songwriter on the Guild booth (C3).
Scott has not only embarked on a number of sell-out headline tours, but has also toured with some of the world’s most respected artists, including, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Rufus Wainwright, Tori Amos and Robert Plant, who made a rare guest appearance on Scott’s second album ‘Elsewhere’, singing a duet on the haunting ’12 Harps’.
Scott’s first single, ‘Elusive’ won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
Upon acquiring his first guitar at the tender age of seven, it didn’t take long before Scott realised that music was his true calling in life. Scott’s diverse musical taste would lead to experimentations with funk, soul and indie rock, with various local bands, before he finally decided to embark on a career as a solo artist.
In 2006, Scott released his groundbreaking debut album Passing Stranger, which contained an eclectic mix of musical styles and saw the release of Scott’s first single, ‘Elusive’ which earned him support from the likes of Jo Whiley, Dermot O’Leary, and Zane Lowe, who made ‘Elusive’ his Single of the Week.
In 2010, the album Live in London was released, which is a complete show recorded at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and February 2012 saw the release of Scott’s acclaimed third album What The Night Delivers, which includes a guest appearance from the legendary double-bass player Danny Thompson, whom Scott teamed up with in Joe Boyd’s live stage production of ‘Way To Blue-The Songs Of Nick Drake’. Scott also got the chance to support one of his heroes, Bert Jansch. ‘I fell instantly into Jansch when I heard the opening riff to ‘Strolling down the Highway’. It amazes me to think there was only one guitar part in his songs most of the time. What also fascinated me from a technical aspect was how he could use his right hand, the claw, to play multiple picking patterns. It was just that separation, being able to kind of multi-task with time signatures, and thumbs doing something completely separate to the melody. And I’ve always loved that approach even though I can’t quite do it!’
Scott is currently working on his new album, which is due for release Autumn 2013. He’ll play the main stage on Sunday in association with Guild Guitars.
Hear Scott playing Guild’s new Orpheum Jumbo acoustic here:
“The most promising home-grown singer/songwriter to emerge in years” – Q magazine
“Lovingly nurtured, matured-in-the-cask wisdom and honeyed melancholia”- Daily Mirror
“Haunting acoustic songs that leave a lasting impression” – Music Week
“Hypnotic and timeless” – The Guardian
“An underground classic that may well storm the mainstream” – Uncut
“He’s fantastic…an absolute genius” – Janice Long. BBC Radio 2
“Scott Matthews’ debut album Passing Stranger, is a work of delicate beauty” – Daily Star
“Scott Matthews brings something new to the singer-songwriter party” – The Independent
“His Passing Stranger album is now tipped to become an international success” –The Times