Shrewsbury Bar Delivers Major Coup.

Scott Matthews
Henry Tudor House
9th April 2013

I arrived last night at the venue prior to Scott Matthews’ set. There was an excited buzz amongst the waiting crowd as bringing someone of Scott’s standing to Shrewsbury is a big deal and a major coup for Graham and Clare Jenkins, the owners of  Henry Tudor House.

It turns out that Scott was looking for a small tour in smaller venues so he can try out his new material, before going into the studio at the end of the Month. This is a man who has toured with Snow Patrol, Hung out with Amy Winehouse and received an Ivor Novello award for excellence in songwriting. However, a more unassuming man would be harder to find.

Inspired by the intimacy of the venue and aware of the partisan crowd Scott ventured out on his new work. The audience lapped it up and cheered and clapped in all the right places.

Watching the set one became aware that this is a man completely at home with his music and he reflected this in his performance. His extraordinary gift is the ability to deliver vocals so strong and guitar work so accurate, that the two together entwined and rose like stars into the air and fell comfortable like velvet on the ears of the listener.

This was a quality gig delivered by a man whose experience shone through like gold. It was a privilege to see such genius being delivered in such a warm, welcoming, but small setting.

Naturally the venue was packed and had sold out immediately. If you were, sadly, one of the ones unable to get a ticket I can only suggest that you follow events on Henry Tudor House website.

It was a lovely experience to share the intimacy with other audience members. Everyone was under the Matthews spell and waited for each song with the excitement that they portrayed with their applause for the last one.

Full congratulations are due also to Henry Tudor House for staging such a gig and proving to the town that this a great venue and is very much now, a part of the Shrewsbury scene. I believe this practice of trying new material out this  way could be the way forward for musicians and I believe there will always be artists willing to play in such beautiful surroundings.

The whole night had an air of specialness. Barracks passage is a wonderful part of very, very old Shrewsbury and worth seeing alone. The building of the  Henry Tudor House is a wonderful historic place where troops rested in the English Civil War. All that history combined with the very latest in music is in itself a worthwhile experience.

Scott Matthews is a major force in British Singer/Song writing and Shrewsbury were lucky to host him. Well done Graham and Clare Jenkins for deliering the gig.

This is a four star review.

Owen Lewis.
 

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Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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