Debut album “Grounded’ now out

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My crowd funded duet album “Grounded’ is finally officially released.

The comments and feedback on the album has been amazing I feel humbled and so happy how it’s been received just check out the quotes below.

You can download or buy physical copies here

“Timeless” Sue Marchant. (BBC Cambridgeshire)

“Grounded is characterised by a certain and rare kind of rawness and naturalness.” FATEA

“Grounded is well-crafted labour of love, perhaps taking inspiration from the Red Wedge school of music and politics, it’s a recording Watson can be proud, capturing social disillusionment whilst maintaining rebellious optimism” R2 Magazine 3*** Review

‘What a lovely song you gave Erica to work on. Love your vocals, sounding like you mean it Brother. You win x’
(Miles Hunt The Wonder Stuff)

‘For fans of Frank Turner, Decemberists and Ferocious Dog. This is a promising debut album from solo artist Matt Watson. I’m proud to feature on the title track, Grounded’ Erica Nockalls. (The Wonder Stuff, Proclaimers, Fink.)

‘Protest music in it’s finest tradition, hope,despair and rabble rousing, It’s all here!’ Ian Prowse (Amsterdam/Pele)

‘I finally had a chance to listen to British singer/songwriter Matt Watson’s ‘Grounded’ album. This Record is chock full of bold, straightforward lyrics and powerful lead vocals, acoustic guitars, banjos,percussion and beautiful violin provided by Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff. Give it a listen” Michael Ferentino (Love In Reverse/The Miles Hunt Club)

Shash Bash @ The Bicycle Shop 18 March, with The Vagaband, Milly Hirst, Natalie Lake, Sefo Kanuteh, Jessica Alice, Matt Watson

Norwich: Music City, UK

A million Thank You’s to everybody involved in my favourite gig ever, at ‘Shash Bash’, all the performers: Jessica Alice, Matt Watson, Sefo Kanuteh, Natalie Lake, Milly Hirst, Jose, Tris and Dan from The Vagaband, Ian Hudson, The Bicycle Shop, and everybody who came along … in person or in spirit. It was very lovely and incredibly moving. I adored every moment of it and will treasure these memories forever 🙂

It was marvellous to hear Jess play again, and very inspiring, Matt played a great set with his usual enthusiasm, Sefo surprised everyone by arriving with his kora and playing an enchanting set of West African songs, Natalie Lake endeared herself to everyone with her humour, her songs and her beautiful voice. Milly Hirst, mesmerising as always with her absolutely beautiful words and songs. And a fantastic, laid back and relaxed set by a three piece Vagaband who indulged…

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Natalie Lake, Matt Watson, AKA, Sid James Infirmary

Lovely blog from a recent gig…

Norwich: Music City, UK

Natalie Lake, Matt Watson, AKA @ The Murderers Open mic, and The Sid James Infirmary at Take 5, Norwich, January 17-18, review and photos.

It is probably only two or three months since I heard Natalie Lake perform but it felt like so much longer, and I was missing hearing her voice very much. So for this reason, and also to catch Matt Watson again I headed to The Gardener’s Arms (known much better locally as The Murderers) in the hope that I could catch them and also Blood Bird again at The Birdcage.

Oddly enough the excellent Sound of Sight was down as appearing at both events but I sadly missed him on this occasion.

When I arrived it was just before the house musicians took to the stage playing a mix of numbers, the highlight of which, for me, was No Woman No Cry.

Soon after was the…

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Various Artists – Singles and EPs

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Without Kibou There Is Nothing Vol 1Various Artists – Without Kibou There Is Nothing (punk)

Kibou Records KIBOU003 2013, DD & 7” EP, 12m 1s

£4 7” (red and black vinyl inc. DD)

Twelve minutes is a respectable length for an EP, but with eight tunes on this disc they’re still pretty much crammed in, none of them clocking in closer to two minutes than one-and-a-half. If you think that makes this sound like a sampler, you’d be very wrong: although these bands clearly have much more to say than can be heard here, these eight songs are perfectly concise and self-contained distillations of energy, political rage, atavistic catharsis, humorous aural vandalism or whatever the appropriate term may be (and I’m sure it’s different for each song). What the eight bands collected on Without Kibou There Is Nothing have in common is an allegiance to the frantic and hair-raising end of the punk-rock spectrum; but…

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Jack Pout Album Party @ Take 5 Crypt, 30 August 2013

I was lucky enough toplay at this not so much gig, but celebration of the launch of Jack Pout and The Dirt Level’s album… This blog sums it up nicely…

Norwich: Music City, UK

Jack Pout & the Dirt Level album launch party at Take 5, Norwich, 30 August 2013

For a celebratory party to herald the release and launch of their first full length album on CD Jack Pout & the Dirt Level packed out the crypt downstairs at Take 5. “Party” is precisely the word, as party hats, streamers, balloons and even cake were in abundance, along with a rather joyous atmosphere.

matt watson and holly speight at jack pout album party

I’d been told that although a wonderfully lovely and atmospheric venue, the sound down here was not always perfect for live bands, and after some testing soundchecks for all acts, this is probably why Matt Watson decided to go fully acoustic with Holly Speight again accompanying on violin. It was like busking and for Matt with his strong, clear and assured voice it was probabaly the right decision as he can project very well. His audience was attentive and for…

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Grapevine @ Bedfords with The Mercurymen, Dove & Boweevil, Matt Watson 21 August 2013

Great Review of the Grapevine gig Wednesday night…

Norwich: Music City, UK

The Mercurymen, Dove and Boweevil, Matt Watson at Grapevine, 21 August 2013, review.

A rather enticing line-up for this month’s Grapevine, featuring the marvellous Dove & Boweevil, who after not seeing for a few months I am really appreciating, great artists playing with a clear love of the music. Also my friend Matt Watson, tonight accompanied by Holly Speight on violin, and a band I have not seen before – The Mercurymen. People I’d spoken to who had heard them seemed very impressed, and it is usually a safe bet to trust Steve’s judgement on such matters too.



Arriving just after 8pm as Dove and Boweevil were soundchecking, the place was already fairly full, and quite warm too. For anyone who has not been before, the Grapevine events take place upstairs in the beautiful old building of Bedfords, in Old Post Office Yard, just off Bedford Street and next door…

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Overwhelmed Excited and Humble…


‘Backstage pass baby!’

It’s been a while since my last Blog post I confess maybe a slight oversight on my behalf but also just because the last few weeks/Months have been somewhat odd.

Since my last post I have had played at Lattitude Festival managed to convince a Violinist Holly Speight to accompany me at some shows including the affore mentioned Lattitude Festival. I’ve been offered endorsements by Nineboys Guitars (The guys who make my main Guitar) A Capo company G7th also have endorsed me and even D’Addario Strings sent me some complimentary strings and a tuner.

Now I admit this may not seem like much and part of me knows it isn’t really on the grand scale of life but it is a great way to continue to afford to play and of course the exposure through it all is always a bonus. That said the small boy in me can’t help but think ‘Cool’ but mainly any kind of recognition is very humbling.

Enough of the advertising!

Gigs have been coming along at an amazing rate of offers and I’ve even had to turn some down, now thats a new on me!

One exciting offer that I did take was the opportunity was the Norwich Sound and Vision Festival that takes place on 10th to 12th of October. A great one to be involved with and a really great line up of both local and National Artists sharing the billing. I’m really pleased it means I get to see Ghost Poet and Nina Nesbit to name just a couple. You can find out more here

I’ve met some wonderful and many other people of the past few months and have really loved every minute of it.

From Photographer and Poltical ally Richard Shashamane to local songriter Chad Mason, Beatboxer Josh’Differential‘ Hyland, Holly Speight Violinist, Chris Walker of Matchbox Heroes, Tom Cox Songwriter, Judi Daykin local promoter Actress and Folk Music guru!

Not to mention continued my ongoing friendships with Richard Penguin local music guru and Future Radio Presenter. Steve and Jan Howlett who run the amazing ‘Grapevine Nights at Bedfords in Norwich. Jason Burgess another keen promoter of Acoustic music and ocassional lender of PA! I know I will ahve forgotten someone my scatty seive of a brain will always function this way but all of those reading this know I appreciate each and everyone of you! anyway you know who you all are!

I played a gig at an Ancient Protected Wood Land “Wrongs Covert” by the light of Oil Lamps and the setting sun through the tree tops (a real highlight for me) Headlined a wonderful candlelit set at Geldeston Locks, Sutton Staith festivial ‘Staithing Alive’ raising money for The British Heart Foundation. Various Open Mics music Festivals a headline slot in the the centre of my old home town Wymondham, it’s been a ride.


“Wrongs Covert Stage in the Woods”



‘Performing at Steve Howletts Grapevine @ Bedfords’

Still the ride goes on, not only in this ‘Musical Life’ that this blog is mainly concerned with but Family too from my Beautiful ever patient partner Claire has supported me constantly even through her own personal health issues she’s been a rock and encouraged me all the way along. My wonderful daughters Kayleigh and Neave who constantly bring colour and light into my world. I am truly blessed, I know at times I forget this get down or annoyed grumpy even! (anyone who knows me well will be smiling right now) but I really do know how lucky I am to have you all in my life.

Alongside that my Illustration work is taking leaps and bounds and gaining interest too.


So there’s a brief(ish) explaination of whats been going on, I will try and continue up dating more often from now on even it’s just to share some photos of whats been going on.