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Matt Deighton + Samantha Whates

Sat 19 Feb

Matt Deighton + Samantha Whates

20:00 - 20:25 Samantha Whates
20:30 - 21:15 Matt Deighton
21:15 - 21:35 Interval
21:35 - 22:15 Matt Deighton

The subject of Sky Arts Documentary  Overshadowed, Matt Deighton is a universally critically acclaimed, bona fide British buried treasure.

Frontman of 90’s Acid Jazz band Mother Earth, one time member of Oasis, and former guitarist in Paul Weller’s 90’s/2000’s band, Matt Deighton’s real story is his collection of classic pastoral soul-folk solo albums that have drawn comparisons to Davey Graham, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Bert Jansch amongst others.

With fans and collaborators from Bill Fay to Kathryn Williams, Steve Nieve to Chris Difford, Matt’s story is one of an artist who keeps coming back from everything life has thrown at him with albums of sublime beauty.

For fans looking to pan the stream for acoustic gold, Matt is as close as you can get to our own Sugar Man, adored by all who have worked with him. This is a rare chance to catch what will only be his second solo show in London in eight years. He will be playing a selection of songs from across his solo records.

‘A mellow folk-soul gem, shamefully overlooked… there’s clearly a sharp, undervalued talent at work.’  Mojo ★★★★

‘His true spiritual ancestor is Nick Drake… Matt has an uncanny knack of writing songs that sound like they’ve been constructed just before dusk on a riverbank’ The Observer ★★★★

Scottish singer-songwriter Samantha Whates (UK / Rough Trade Records & Wonderfulsound) is a hugely respected figure on the folk & roots scene and has enjoyed both critical acclaim and extensive radio play on the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, Soho Radio, KCRW & Resonance FM, both for her solo releases and as part of PicaPica (Rough Trade Records).

With Scottish roots, transplanted into London’s soil in her teenage years, Samantha Whates is a cosmopolitan Celt with equal parts concrete and heather to her music. In her songs, you’re as likely to hear the breaking of day as you are broken hearts slowly mending. All shades of human experience are subtly blended. Samantha’s delivery is smoothly Scottish to its core. Urban and urbane, you’ll hear the timeless qualities in her songs that reflect the existences of real-life which folk ought to possess.

‘Cannot be praised highly enough’ Folk Radio UK

‘Just gorgeous’ Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

Date & start time:Sat 19 Feb – 8pm
Venue:Hall Two

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