Wednesday, 14 October 2015

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THE Malt Room in the Brewery Arts Centre is a great space for intimate gigs, but it does suffer from a very low ceiling, and lots of supporting pillars, which can make it very difficult to see what’s happening onstage if you’re at a standing gig.

Thankfully the concert by Scott Matthews was a seated one, but even so, a full view of the stage was only possible if you were at the front.

Scott Matthews and his two-man band took to the stage with a restrained opening number, To Be Myself Again, featuring light percussion and ghostly electric guitar washes. Scott’s guitar and vocal style instantly bring to mind other solo guitar luminaries such as Nick Drake, John Martyn and both Tim and Jeff Buckley.

The use of rich delay on both the voice and guitar makes for an ethereal sound. With alternative accompaniment from electric and bass guitar plus the occasional mandolin, Matthews has a firm base on which to project his breathy, floaty songs, such as Wait Till the Morning Comes and Obsession Never Sleeps from his latest CD.

Matthews changed guitar for every number, and displayed some excellent slide playing on another new song, audience favourite, Bad Apple.



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