Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gigs to Warm Up Those Winter Blues; ALAN NICHOL Has a Roundup of What's Happening on the Roots Music Scene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gigs to Warm Up Those Winter Blues; ALAN NICHOL Has a Roundup of What's Happening on the Roots Music Scene

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Byline: ALAN NICHOL

MATT Schofield has played Newcastle numerous times but tomorrow night the celebrated, multi-award winning blues-guitarist/singer brings his new four-piece band to the Cluny.

He also has a recently completed album promised for an early new year release via the major blues label, Provogue Records.

Schofield, rightly lauded and awarded for his razor-sharp guitar work, keeps his regular right hand man, Hammond-organist Jonny Henderson, but brings back bassist Carl Stanbridge and introduces young Canadian multi-instrumentalist/singer Jordan John on drums. The latter, incidentally, fronts his own band on lead-guitar/vocals - The Blue Angels, which includes his father, Rock Hall of Fame bassist Prakash John - in Toronto and in his 10-year career to date he has opened for Aretha Franklin (she requested him personally), Prince, Ray Charles (when John was a mere teenager), Robert Cray and more. He is only in his mid-20s!

Of course, Schofield had been on the UK scene at similarly tender years, touring with and playing on four albums by Dana Gillespie and others while still in his teens/early 20s before forming his own band.

So, this may just be Schofield's hottest band yet, which is saying something as he has won awards for Blues Album of the Year (twice) and Best Guitarist (three times on the trot, placing him in the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame) and the thumbs-up from critics galore.

After spending most of the year gigging around Europe, the USA and Canada, he returns to the UK for a string of dates and this show is the penultimate UK appearance of the year.

He was last in the city in June when he opened for Joe Satriani at the City Hall.

Schofield is touring with the same quartet that recorded the new album and I'm told the record will include eight or nine originals and a couple of carefully chosen covers (one by his inspiration, Albert King) and an "epic" sound. …

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