Matt Woosey’s refreshing musical song writing and playing style combines acoustic blues, folk and rock conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery which has been defined as The WooseyBlues. His ability to combine originality with a broad musical knowledge has gained him praise from sources as varied as Paul Jones (BBC2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music).
Matt’s song writing focuses strongly on combining the meaning and message of the lyrics with the composition and atmosphere of the music. His catalogue covers a wide spectrum delivering a powerful blend of tracks spanning 7 albums. With tours in Europe, South Africa and Australia he has expanded his fan base and so far, in 2014, has appeared on the Paul Jones Blues show on BBC 2 with his EP ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’. A simultaneous broadcast of the EP’s title track on 39 BBC local radio stations and numerous media interviews have raised Matt’s profile significantly. Matt appears solo, as a duo with Dave Small (percussionist and singer) and as ‘The Matt Woosey Band’.
Wildest Dreams is Matt’s most recent and seventh full length release since 2008. This album is similar to his previous material in that it contains a certain number of blues and/or blues influenced songs although the overall spectrum of his song writing is broader and more mature than before. Ranging from ethereal folk to Pink Floyd-esque vibes and from Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac to full-on blues riffage, Wildest Dreams takes Woosey fans and new listeners alike on a journey through the man’s soul and musical heritage. Six of the ten tracks are brand new compositions, one is a reworked band version of a previously released solo recording, two from a previous limited release EP and one a radio edit of the albums’ single “Exactly As We Please”.
The appeal of Wildest Dreams for music fans is the versatility of the song writing and playing on the album without watering down Woosey’s trademark sound and energy. The band is tight and the songs are performed with a free flowing ease which bridges the cross-genre stylings effortlessly. Today, Matt’s playing is often compared to Rory Gallagher’s improvisational flair and John Martyn’s heavy handed acoustic onslaughts.
Matt’s music career started aged 15 when he played the drums in a Thin Lizzy tribute band, ‘Black Rose’, which was paramount to Matt’s appreciation and understanding of rock’n’roll. Matt swears that it was the finest education a young man could have when starting out on the circuit!! He was soon frequenting open mic gigs and local clubs crafting his acoustic guitar playing style, including his own slap & pick right hand technique.