'I wrote my first song on that.' Summers at folk festivals with Mum invoke memories of real ale and salty seaside air 'I looked at the men with big beards, socks and sandals and thought 'I'm never gonna look like that!' The full beard has been a feature of his laid back style for over seven years now, the socks and sandals have yet to take their grip. Mat played his first gig in the winter of 1984 in a remembrance day assembly at school, he played Johnny Nash's 'I Can see Clearly Now' and from that day on was hooked on the fear of performance. A skinny, clean shaven youth, he joined punk band Hooker playing bass in sweaty clubs ''I just loved how the music of Led Zeppelin had no boundaries, how powerful it was.'' He had boundless energy, running up and down the stage in a sleeveless t-shirt ''it was an outlet, I had a lot of energy!" Strange then, that in the same month of joining the punk outfit, he also joined dirty blues band Bone Box and toured the country with them playing harmonica. But the gentler soul in side him took over, he got back into the softer sounds of his childhood, revisiting Leonard Cohen and discovering the likes of Gram Parsons. "I loved how listening to Neil Young made me feel like taking a deep breath”.
He grew a beard, picked up his old acoustic guitar and started to find a voice. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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