Solo CD from Waking the Witch member , features beautifully crafted new songs on acoustic guitar and mandolin and layer upon layer of sumptuous vocal harmonies.
After two years in production, the album is finished. Virtually as intended, but with the addition of Hugh Whitaker (The Housemartins) on drums and Jon Short (Deep Sky Divers) on double bass. It contains ten beautifully crafted new songs written and performed by Patsy on acoustic guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, xylophone and percussion and featuring layer upon layer of sumptuously arranged vocal harmonies.
\'Stories of Angels & Guitars\' is the fourth solo album from the woman who not only penned many of the acclaimed all-female band, Waking the Witch\'s best loved songs, but who was also responsible for setting up the band and managing them through their five successful years in the UK acoustic scene.
When the band broke up in 2008, Patsy hit the ground running, very quickly releasing the critically acclaimed solo album \'Little Piece of England\'. She had been a successful solo artist for some time before Waking the Witch was formed, having already released two albums, performed solo at Glastonbury and toured with the likes of Christy Moore and Gordon Giltrap.
Patsy Matheson: Stories of Angels & Guitars – review
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. Best known for her work with the all-female quartet Waking the Witch, she has now recorded an intriguing DIY solo set; she co-produced and plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel and xylophone, with occasional subtle percussion and bass. Her best songs are thoughtful, delicate and impressively original, and include Sylvia Jean, a story of love and death in England in the 1950s, along with more intimate, personal pieces. Hotel Rooms is a finely crafted study of love and longing, while the witty but pained Hundred Guitars is the UK folk answer to You\'re So Vain. Then there\'s the delicate Under Your Wing, one of several songs that make good use of multi-tracked vocals, and – best of all – If You Ask Me, a gently swinging lament that deserves to become a folk standard.