Listen to our feature programme, with Patsy talking to Ross Macfadyen from 12 noon and 12 midnight on Saturday and from 6pm on Monday 6th February.
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 .
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 ‘an angel voice’) Along the way, she supported such names as John Martyn , Glenn Tilbrook , Dick Gaughan , Nick Harper , Al Stewart , Roy Harper etc and toured the UK alongside Christy Moore as well as Gordon Giltrap. In 1997, she appearanced solo on the acoustic stage at the Glastonbury Festival.
In 2003, she took on the challenge of putting together a female vocal harmony group and Waking the Witch was formed. 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 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 . Patsy’s song ‘Rock n Roll’ was featured on Mike Harding’s Radio 2 Folk & Roots show.
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’ . Over the last 3 years, she has toured the length and breadth of the UK, ccompanied by legendary songwriter/guitar player, Clive Gregson and also can be heard singing on his latest album ‘Bittersweet’ (Spring 2011).
In May 2011, she contributed her version of Bob Dylan’s ‘One More Cup of Coffee’, as part of an album of Dylan songs which also features Martin Simpson , Chris & Kelly While , Christine Collister, Jez Lowe, Dave Burland etc, to raise funds for Oxfam. Froots described ‘a unique, almost spaced but addictive rendering – she gets right inside the song and turns it into a blues for sensitive souls with a vocal that’s half spoken and half seduction.’
Her new album, Stories of Angels & Guitars features her playing guitar and mandolin, with guest musicians Hugh Whittaker ( The Housemartins ) on drums and Jon Short (double bass). Along with Becky Mills, another ex member of Waking the Witch, she will be touring throughout the UK in February, March and April to support the release.