Stobo lands coup with the ‘Wooseyblues’

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Acclaimed blues singer/songwriter Matt Woosey will play his only Scottish date when he appears live at Stobo Village Hall next month.

The intimate 60-seat Peeblesshire venue will host the prodigious and versatile 30-year-old, who has toured Europe, South Africa and Australia, on Sunday, November 16, at 7.30pm and early booking is advisable.

The Worcestershire-based artist is promoting his seventh studio album, Wildest Dreams - his most recent and seventh full-length release since 2008.

Reviews for Matt and this 10-song collection of the artist’s soul and musical heritage have been glowing, with Amplified magazine saying: “His guitar-work throughout is exemplary with riffs that could easily grace any Pink Floyd or Fleetwood Mac [album].”

Over the past six years Woosey, who started his musical career at the tender age of 15 in the Thin Lizzy tribute band Black Rose, has been a hot ticket on the UK blues scene, thanks in no small part to glowing endorsements from the likes of radio DJs Paul Jones and Tom Robinson.

His guitar-playing style has been compared to both Rory Gallagher and John Martyn, while his accomplished and unique vocal delivery has spawned a whole new genre – Wooseyblues – among his legion of fans. One of these admirers is Stobo hall committee member Jenny Haywood, who was wowed by Woosey when he appeared at this year’s Durham Blues Festival.

“I love his music and I’m also keen to promote the community use of the hall,” said Jenny. “So I asked him if he could fit Stobo in during his new tour and was delighted when he agreed. It’s really quite a coup.”

Tickets, priced £12 (£10 concessions) available by calling 07809 480283.