October 2013

I’ve been having a thoroughly brilliant time in Autumn so far with some really great shows – and a few more still to come. It’s been a fabulous experience being out and about meeting lovely organisers in lovely venues with lovely audiences! Thank you everyone. Lots of highlights, but particularly special were the two shows that I did in Scotland - Lanark and Dundee - accompanied by Rich Young and Frank McGuire (from Drever, McGuire, Young) – who literally just TURNED UP, sat in and did a fabulous job. For me, that is just what making music is about. It was superb to be back in Lanark for Lanark Music Connections – now in its fourth year – and to see that the festival has grown into a very popular and successful weekend. I am honoured and feel very privileged to have been invited every year.

My new album ‘Domino Girls’ is well on the way to being finished. It will be released at the end of March 2014, with a run of shows in place to promote it. New dates are up on the gigs page, but more will be added soon. I’m really delighted with how it’s sounding so far and can’t wait to get out there and gig it. It features lots of new songs and some phenomenal performances from some really exceptional guests. Watch this space!

March 2013

I am very pleased indeed to announce that after a public vote, I have won the ‘Best Female Singer’ category in the 2013 Spiral Earth Awards. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me. Thank you also for putting up with my nagging...! Biggest thanks goes to Dave Kushar and the rest of the team at Spiral Earth, not only for nominating me for this award, but for their ongoing support for my music over the last few years. It really means a lot guys.

Here’s the link to the list of winners.

February 2013

I am over the moon to announce that I have been nominated by the excellent online Folk, Roots & Acoustic magazine, Spiral Earth, in the 2013 Spiral Earth Awards for Best Female Vocalist. The winner is decided by public vote, so if you fancy voting for me, that would be very lovely of you indeed. I’m dead chuffed about being nominated (thanks go to their editorial team), and would be totally made up and just a bit giddy if I won! You can vote by following this link – you don’t have to log on, register, or anything like that and it takes about thirty seconds of your time.


Huge and enormous thanks!

While you’re there, have a good nosey round the other nominees – lovely to see my friends the wonderful O’Hooley & Tidow nominated for best duo (they won it last year and I’ve voted for them again!) Nicky Swann for best song and Karine Polwart for best songwriter. Good luck everybody!

Spring tour starts Feb 2nd – some solo dates and some with Becky Mills!

See tour dates - click here...

Dec 2012

2012 is just coming to an end and what a great year it has been! Finally finished the never ending tour last weekend with a solo appearance at the Great British Folk Festival at Skegness. I hadn’t done a gig as big as that all on my own since I played at Glastonbury pre-Waking the Witch in 1997, so I was delighted that the audience was so nice to me! PHEW! Thanks everybody! I loved every minute of it!

Also big thanks to www.folkcast.co.uk who have just listed me as one of their highlights of the Festival. Lovely news indeed.

The Spring tour starts in February – some solo dates and some with the very lovely Becky Mills – so I hope to catch up with everybody then. In the meantime, have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Photo - Great British Folk Festival, Dec 1st 2012 by Ian Blenkinsop.



May 2012

Finally found time to update the news! The last three months have been really busy - Becky Mills and me have been out on the road playing our guitars and singing a bit all over the UK. What fun we have had! We have performed in some fabulous places, met lots of wonderful people and caught up with loads of dear friends. Huge thanks to everybody who came along and heard us play, bought the CD, helped us with our gear, supplied us with sherry, fed us, put us on and put us up! You are all lovely.

Summer is Festival season, starting Bristol Folk Festival, and then the Acoustic Festival of Britain at Uttoxeter at the end of the month (check out the line-up by following the link on the gigs page - it'll be fab) and the Beer Festival at Lincoln Drill Hall which is always terrific. We will be joined on stage by the coolest, meanest rhythm section in the land - Jon Short (on double bass) and Finn McArdle (percussion).

In June, July and August we are festivalling some more, and then in September, we are once again heading North for the very wonderful Lanark Connections Festival followed by a quick foray further North up to Glenross and Cromarty. Home again for Otley Folk Festival at the end of the month.

We're currently putting together another big UK tour for Spring 2013. Lots of dates in already and more going in every day. We will post updates later this year.

On our recent trip down to Bristol to play at the Folk Festival, Jon Short, Finn McArdle, Bex and myself were invited by the very lovely Jon Earl at songsfromtheshed to do a quick song in the shed!

Here we are playing a new song 'Seven Buttons'  from my next album.

February 2012

Last week, I went down to London to record an hour long interview with Trevor Dann as part of a regular weekly podcast that he does for Proper Distribution. For many years, Trevor was the Producer of the Old Grey Whistle Test before becoming Head Of BBC Music Entertainment running all the BBC's pop music production including Radio 1, Radio 2, Top of the Pops, Later and Glastonbury, so it was a great honour to meet him.

As part of the feature, I played a couple of songs live, accompanied by Jon Short (who also plays double bass on the album) both of which which will be broadcast as part of  the podcast. It goes out for a week from Monday 6th February and will be available to listen to here:


Propermusic.com Podcast Episode 21 by Proper Music Distribution

Also.... an interview here with lovely Ross Celtic Macfadyen at Celtic Music Radio where I am album of the week! Me. Album of the week. All week. From 3rd February! Hoorah.

You can listen to me chatting about songwriting and other stuff if you like.


January 2012

'Stories of Angels & Guitars' is now available to buy!
click here to buy it and to listen to some sound snippets

The album has received a 4 out of 5 star review from the very fine Robin Denselow at the Guardian (13/01/12). He writes:

'There's an overcrowded market in the UK of female singer-songwriter-guitarists, but Patsy Matheson stands out for the quality of her singing and more importantly, her songwriting...her best songs are thoughtful, delicate and impressively original'
click here for the full review

The album was featured in the article "A Feast of New Folk Music" by Martin Chilton in The Telegraph (14/01/12) who writes:

'There is something of a light-voiced female John Martyn about Patsy Matheson's singing on So The Same , an impressive and original track on her new album Stories of Angels & Guitars ... her sensitive lyrics and strong singing just click.'
click here for the full review

Also, great to announce that it has been chosen as featured album of the week by Celtic Music Radio in Scotland. Tune in week commencing 16th Jan at www.celticmusicradio.net

I am really delighted that Mike Harding played one of the songs from the new album on his Radio 2 Folk Show on wednesday 4th Jan. He said:

'A singer-songwriter lots of you will know cos she's been on the scene for quite a time working with people like Clive Gregson and she was part of Waking the Witch...the lass has got a lovely voice...this song (Hundred Guitars) is one of those great songs that tells a story but does it in a very subtle way - she's gigging all over the UK in February and March with her ex Waking the Witch bandmate Becky Mills - so look out for them, they're going to be well worth checking out'

MusosMagazine has just published an 8 page interview with me talking about the background to 'Stories of Angels & Guitars' as well as my time with Waking the Witch - click here to read MusosMagazine...

Me and Bex are getting ready to start our tour on February 3rd. Here's us having a bit of a jam round at my house...

More Radio:

I'm calling in to do a bit of a sing on the Durbervilles Folk & Roots show at BBC Radio Leeds on the evening before my album is released Sunday 15th January. You can listen live on the BBC Radio Leeds website.

Also, on Sunday 22nd Jan, I am doing a  live session with Simon Jones Folk Show on Moorlands Radio - listen live at http://www.moorlandsradio.co.uk/author/simon/

And  James Blatchley at Chorley FM has invited me for a return visit to his show on Tuesday 24th Jan - http://www.chorley.fm/

December 2011

More interviewing! - see Get Ready to Rock:

Some fantastic reviews for my new album coming in already - see reviews page. Thanks to David Kushar at Spiral Earth, Allan Wilkinson at Northern Sky, Neil King at Fatea,  Jean Camp and Darren Beech at Folking.com, John Metcalfe at the Halifax Courier, Johnny Black at Hi-Fi News, Paul Abraham at leeedsmusicpromotions.com, David Kidman at Netrhythms, Stephen Lambe CRS Magazine, Jason Ritchie at Get Ready to Rock for taking the time to write about it. Your ongoing support and kind words mean such a lot.

More reviews promised for January...


November 2011

Lots of dates being added to the Spring list (me and my friend, another ex Waking the Witch member, Becky Mills) - tour is now stretching into April - see gigs page.

The lovely people at the PRS did an short interview with me for M magazine, their online publication - see here...


October 2011

New album 'Stories of Angels & Guitars' will be released on Tomorrow Records (TRCD2) on 16th January and will be available on CD and download through all major outlets.  It features ten new songs on guitar and mandolin, with guest appearances from Hugh Whitaker (The Housemartins) on drums, and Jon Short on double bass. I will be touring with Becky Mills throughout the UK in February and March to support the release.

See Gigs page for venue details.

March 2011

Now have 8 tracks finished for my new album! So far, it features ME and a lovely drummer called Hugh who used to be in the Housemartins. Excited.

February 2011

Been in the studio recording ‘One More Cup of Coffee’, as part of an album of Bob Dylan songs being released to raise funds for Oxfam. I’ve had a sneak preview of the album, which features 30 Bob Dylan tracks by lots of lovely people including Chris & Kelly While, Julie Matthews, Clive Gregson, Christine Collister, Dave Burland etc. As soon as I know when it’s out, I’ll post more information.

January 2011

Just recorded ‘The Mallard’, a song by my friend UK singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, to be included in an album of his songs in celebration of his seventieth birthday. For more information about Michael, visit www.michaelchapman.co.uk.

September 2010

Clive Gregson and me are doing a number of dates throughout the UK. I also ventured over to Lancashire to record some backing vocals for Clive’s new album, ‘One, Two, Three, Go’.

Watch this space for more details and a release date.

January 2010

Patsy will be playing at the New Roscoe in January (Monday 25th), where she will be appearing with US based singer songwriter, Jason Feddy. Originally from Harrogate, Jason moved to California several years ago, and this will be his first Leeds appearance for some time. They each will do a solo set, and then plan to finish the evening by playing some songs together. For tickets and info, contact jfk@LiveInLeeds.com

Patsy is currently working on a new album, which will be released in Autumn 2010.

Oct/Nov 2009

Patsy played a series of shows throughout the UK , along with Clive Gregson, who accompanied her on electric and acoustic guitars, accordion and mandolin. She thoroughly enjoyed touring with Clive, and the concerts were an outstanding success, so they plan to do another run of shows in Autumn 2010, starting at Otley Folk Festival in September, where she will release her new album.

March 2009


See GIGS page for details of 2009 live dates, including appearances with Clive Gregson, Boo Hewardine and Becky Mills.

January 2009


Patsy is pleased to announce that her new CD was voted as one of the top five debut album's of 2008 by Jason Ritchie, Editor of Get Ready to Rock and Classic News Wire. Jason writes:

'PATSY MATHESON 'Little Piece Of England' Indie (Former Waking The Witch member records an acoustic based album and one to keep coming back to).'


Patsy has been invited to play on the beautiful Isle of Bute in West Scotland at the end of this month. She will be doing two performances - Sat 31stJjanuary(evening) and Sunday 1st February (lunchtime) at the Victoria Hotel , Rothesay - see click here for info. This will follow her performance in the equally beautiful Ulverston, South Lakes on Friday 30th.


Following the success of October's Rotherham appearance when she was joined by world class singer/songwriter and guitar player Clive Gregson, Clive will be accompanying Patsy at a number of her shows throughout 2009 - for details keep an eye on the gigs page, or on Myspace.

December 2008

Patsy continues to build on her reputation as a talented and engaging performer with a run of successful live shows throughout November. She was joined on stage at her recent York show by singer-songwriter Gina Dootson, who also appeared as her guest on 'A Little Piece of England'. Click here for Northern Sky's review of the gig.

A couple of songs from the recent Leeds show at the Roscoe have been posted up on You Tube - click here to view.

November 2008

1st November 2008, sees the release of "Bandstand", the third in the "Fatea Showcase Sessions" from Fatea Magazine/From Cambridge & Beyond.  The 4th release scheduled 1st February 2009, is intended for solo artists and will be called "Aces". We're delighted to announce that Patsy has been invited to be a part of the project and a track from 'A Little Piece of England' will be included. Watch this space for more details, and see Fatea Showcase Sessions on Myspace.

Patsy's song, "Addiction to You" is part of the current playlist on WomensRadio Independent Channel on Live365. You can listen in by clicking here.

Patsy was recently interviewed by Tim Moon as part of his BCB Folk Show. The interview was broadcast on October 27th , but a full transcript of the interview will appear in the next edition of Yorkshire Folk Mag, Tykes News. Here's what Tim said about 'A Little Piece of England'.

'as wonderful as, well, a very wonderful thing. 'A Little Piece of England', the CD of which I speak, is a pleasure to share time with.'

Get Ready to Rock magazine recently interviewed Patsy for their excellent on line site. For the full transcript, click here.

October 2008

Patsy has really enjoyed the first few shows of the tour, and was particularly pleased to welcome Clive Gregson to the show put on by the Classic Rock Society in Rotherham on October 29 th . Clive joined Patsy on guitar for the whole gig, which was a real unexpected treat for everyone who attended. For info on Clive see - www.clivegregson.com

Rememberance Day - Patsy's song 'Precious Little Soldier', which is one of the songs on 'A Little Piece of England' was featured as one of three contemporary songs for Rememberance Day on Spiral Earth Website, alongside songs by world class singer/songwriters Steve Knightley and Martyn Joseph. You can see the feature and listen to the three songs on www.spiralearth.co.uk

'A Little Piece of England' was released on October 6th , and rave reviews continue to come in thick and fast. Here's a couple of new ones on two great sites that are both worth checking out.

www.americana-uk.com - 'all in all, a triumph' - Jeremy Searle 

www.freshdeermeat.com - 'further evidence to support Matheson's position as one of the UK 's great contemporary female folk musicians' - Stephen Jasper

"Little Piece of England " is universally available for download. Try payplay.fm/patsymatheson

and you can buy the CD in all the usual retail outlets or click here to purchase from AMAZON.

September 2008

Patsy's first solo CD for eleven years is due to be released on October 6th . Already preparations are well underway for the release, and rave reviews are coming in thick and fast.

Along with producer/guitarist Sam Bartholomew, Patsy will be performing live throughout October, November and into 2009 - see gigs page for venue and ticket information.  They made their debut appearance as a duo last weekend at a private gig in Londesborough (see photo), East Yorkshire, and received a rapturous reception.

Radio Appearances.

Patsy and Sam made their first live Radio performance as a duo on BBC Lancashire's, The Drift' show on Fri 12th September, when they played five songs from the forthcoming album.  Phil Brown, the presenter, said of the music ''wonderful stuff, full of energy and driving rhythms - Lamb to Slaughter (the song Patsy wrote after watching a documentary about Amy Winehouse) was awesome''

As well as chatting to Paul Franks on his drive show on BBC West Midlands on Tuesday 23rd September, Patsy will also be interviewed live by Sue Marchant on her show on BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Essex, and BBC Radio Suffolk on October 1st at around 9pm. Graeme Scott at Leith fm will be chatting down the phone to Patsy during his show on October 16th.

Patsy and Sam are also delighted to announce that they will be appearing live as guests of the D'Urbervilles at BBC Radio Leeds on Sunday 28 th September at around 8pm.

Next month, they will be shooting over to Lancashire again to appear as guest of Jamie Blatchley at Chorley Folk Radio on Nov 18th .