'One of the UK's great contemporary female folk musicians ' - Steve Jasper
I've been making records and performing my songs for twenty years now, and every second of doing it still thrills me. I live and breathe songs, guitars and harmonies.' Patsy Matheson, April 2011
Patsy Matheson has come a long way since 1991, when, as a young singer/songwriter, she entered a song writing competition, and was chosen as the winner by none other than Maddy Prior and Clive Gregson.
Founder member and one quarter of the award winning female acoustic group, Waking the Witch, Patsy has been writing songs and winning over audiences ever since.
Her first solo album, ‘With My Boots On', 1996 featured just her voice and that instantly recognisable guitar and received much critical acclaim. FRoots described her as having ‘an angel voice', and Time Out called her ‘an assured and confident talent'. Along the way, she supported such names as John Martyn, Glenn Tilbrook, Dick Gaughan, Nick Harper, Al Stewart, Roy Harper, The Saw Doctors and Michael Chapman (who subsequently invited her to sing on two of his albums), and completed a UK tour as guest of virtuoso guitar player, Gordon Giltrap. When she had the pleasure of supporting Christy Moore for a gig at St George's Hall in Bradford, she was so well received that he invited her to complete the rest of his tour. A solo appearance on the acoustic stage at the 1997 Glastonbury Festival followed...
In 2003, she took on the challenge of putting together a vocal harmony group, approaching solo artists Rachel Goodwin and Jools Parker, and Waking the Witch was formed – later joined by Becky Mills. The band rapidly went from strength to strength, releasing three groundbreaking albums and a live DVD. They completed numerous tours of the UK, played at many of the major UK festivals, including Cambridge, Trowbridge and Glastonbury and made countless radio appearances, including live sessions on BBC Radio 2 for both Janice Long and Bob Harris.
Following the farewell tour of Waking the Witch in spring 2008, and armed with a bunch of brand new songs, Patsy set about recording a solo album, ‘Little Piece of England'. To support the release of the album, she set out solo touring the length and breadth of the UK, accompanied by legendary songwriter/guitar player, Clive Gregson. There followed several tours with Clive, and an invitation to sing backing vocals on his latest album ‘Bittersweet' , (release May 2011).
2012 saw the release of ‘Stories of Angels & Guitars' to much critical acclaim. Again, the release of the album was supported by a lengthy tour of the Uk, where she continued to build up a strong and loyal fan base In 2013 she was voted ‘female vocalist of the year' by Spiral Earth magazine.