"Matheu Watson Debut Album Out Now"Hi Folks a wee bit of information on Matheu Watson's new album- out tomorrow!!
It has been a busy few years for 20 year-old multi-instrumentalist and composer Matheu Watson. Best known as the regular guitar accompanist with world renowned piper Fred Morrison, he is fast becoming a regular on the festival and touring scenes in Britain and across Europe. The last few years have seen him play alongside the likes of Iain MacDonald, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Tommy Peoples, Paddy Keenan, Bagad Kemper, Kris Drever, Anxo Lorenzo and Salsa Celtica.
During February this year, however, Matheu secluded himself on the remote island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, to record his long-awaited debut solo album. This project saw him bring together a repertoire embracing both contemporary and matured melodies supported by a sterling cast of good friends, heroes and rogues.
As a youngster Matheu joined Fčis Rois on their weekly classes programme with Alpha Munro, starting of as a fiddler and quickly progressing to teach himself both whistle and guitar. He has since become one of the finest young musicians in Scotland today, a position recognised in his nomination for the “Best Up and Coming Musician” at the 2009 Trad Awards at the age of 19.
From the early tutorship of some of Scotland’s greatest traditional musicians including Aonghas Grant, Iain Fraser and Gordon Gunn, Matheu has continued to develop as both a musician and a composer. As a Gaelic speaker, Matheu went through Gaelic medium education and went on to study both Gaelic language and music at Sabhal Mňr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. He also spent a year living in South Uist whilst attending the fantastic Traditional music course at Lews Castle College, Benbecula.
It was fitting, therefore, that now Glasgow-based Matheu returned to Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, joined by causeway to North Uist, to record his first self-titled album. Engineered by good friend Will Lamb and featuring Ali Hutton (Old Blind Dogs) on the Great Highland War Pipe, Sean Óg Graham (Beoga) on Button Accordion, Martin O’Neill (Julie Fowlis Band) on bodhran and percussion, James Lindsay (Breabach) on double bass, Kris Drever (Lau) on guitar and Martin Simpson on Weissenborn and 5-string banjo, the album is a bold blend of the old and new. Matheu’s own compositions draw mainly on his experiences, travels and musical adventures from the last four years, which have seen him travel Europe, embracing new music and cultures, the influences of which can be heard dusted through the album.
Matheu said “I went out to Uist with Will to look for a venue but no where really worked. Will had a wild card up his sleeve and so he drove us both up to Berneray and took me to the Community Hall there. It instantly was clear that this was the place to do it. The community there were very welcoming and I am so incredibly happy with the final product. The music turned out even better than I could imagine and everyone involved did their very best by me”.
Matheu has funded, project-managed and produced this album himself. It will be released on the 1st September 2010 on his own Seer Records and is available now nation-wide and online at www.matheuwatson.com.