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Live From Birmingham: Michael Chapman, Mike Heron, Trembling Bells, Ed Askew & Matt Woosey

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Back across the street again, a few days later, another solo singer/guitarist was telling tales, this time descended from a bluesy background. Matt Woosey is Cornish, but something of an itinerant touring artist, when he's not at home in Malvern. Woosey fills his set with amusing tales of his travels, possessing a fast line in self-deprecating humour, laced with absurdist observations. "Nowhere Is Home To Me" recollects a period in a van, with his wife and two pooches, steadily strummed into "Same Old Blues," a vigorous number that finds Woosey humming and soloing simultaneously. Notes are bent, quavering, vocals are hoarsely powered, the pauses between lines filled with micro-solo bursts. Another highlight is "When I Was A Cowboy," as sung by Leadbelly, but via Rory Gallagher's reading. Woosey's own "Black Smoke Rising" follows, with fully hollerin' vocal delivery, coming on like a composite blues song, with an alarming falsetto break-out and harshly sliding string action, adopting Son House moves, with a touch of lap-guitar skating.

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