Reviews of Vintage Acoustic Music CD  

"Knowing Andy Mathewson's lifelong passion for music and especially the blues, my hopes for listening to some great music on this CD were high... and rightly so!
From the opening bars of Since He's Been Gone, to the earthy blues of the close harmony Mother Earth, the music swings from Andy's own compositions to those of John Sebastian and Ray Charles with a consummate ease that belies the short time that this duo has been together.
It is a real stand-out set of Andy's crystal clear acoustic guitar picking and Lisa's mature grasp of the swing idiom's vocal style."
-- John James, guitarist

 

-- Rock 'n' Reel Magazine (R2) Review 

 

Live reviews

"Lisa Winship & Andy Mathewson played a great support spot for us when we had Wizz Jones headlining. They drew from a large repertoire of country blues and ragtime songs as well as their own material. Lisa's crystal clear vocals are a perfect match to Andy's clean and accomplished picking style."

-- Nygel Packett, promoter, The Goose Is Out,  SE London  March 2018

 

". . .An amazing guitarist with a selection of styles and songs from many eras."
-- Simon Haines, Hadleigh (Suffolk) Folk and Acoustic Evenings, February 2018
  

"The evening was not without its surprises. Lisa Winship and Andy Mathewson have re-formed their songwriting and performing duo and dropped in for a couple of floorspots. With Andy's adept guitar accompaniment, Lisa's voice so well suited to their style of songs and the songs they wrote or chose, they couldn't help but be a success."
-- Steve Primarolo, organiser of Bracknell Folk Club, December 2017

 

 

-- Four Shires magazine, Banbury, North Oxon

"Lisa and Andy played at Chesham in 2012 and the universal response was to book them. Their material covers blues, jazz standards and folk music with superb vocals from Lisa and fantastic musicianship as a guitarist and accompanist from Andy."
-- Website of Chesham Folk Club, Chesham, Bucks

 

 "Andy has a light touch and his first two songs set the tone for the set -- light, bright and real 'from the heart' handmade, self-penned blues. Proving that traditional music does not have to be old music, the originals lull you into believing you are listening to a jolly song with a sweet melody and then deliver the stiletto, reminding you with a smile that you are getting old, and painting a scene of happy travels with the news that you are deserted and alone."
-- Andy Wilkin, promoter, Third Friday Blues, 21 South Street, Reading

 

"Being the support to the Acoustic Strawbs was the first time Andy had played at the club but it won't be the last!  Very quickly the audience warmed to his ragtime blues style and unlike many acts, Andy kept the audience's attention between his songs with some wonderful stories and insights. A top quality performer who would be an asset to any show."  
-- Stan Hetherington, organiser of Wokingham Music Club


 


  "For me it's traditional British folk. Beautiful fingerpicking guitar! And while the instrumentation is certainly not bringing much new to the table... it's the storytelling, lyrical content that has to be the most value for me here. I love those little snapshots of life in the French city Marseille! It's really compelling listening, I think."
-- Linda Serck, reviewing demo of 'Old Marseille' on BBC Introducing programme, BBC Radio Berkshire

 


"On 4th September, Andy Mathewson kicked off our current season in fine style. Vintage ragtime and blues, judiciously chosen covers and thoughtful originals -- variety, enthusiasm and virtuosity.
His deep knowledge of past performers underpins his beguiling performance, which blends expert guitar playing and gentle singing that draws you in."
-- Catharine Perry, joint organiser at Bowes Park Folk Cub, London N22


 

 

 



It was especially good to watch and
listen to a guitarist of Andy's calibre at Loughton. His playing is articulate and gentle. He played two measured and varied sets and you could have heard a pin drop. Even the other guitarists in the room held their breath rather than grumbling! Very much worth listening to and I hope he can be persuaded to come back to Loughton soon! -- Jim Coombes, organiser at Loughton Folk Club


 
"Andy Mathewson amazed our audience with his guitar playing and varied material learned from 1920s American blues and ragtime guitarist Blind Blake, Billie Holiday and The Boswell Sisters as well as some of his own songs. Andy also played a delightful instrumental version of the Paul McCartney song I Will. His knowledge of twentieth century music was impressive. We will certainly be booking Andy again some time in the future." 
-- Simon Haines, Hadleigh Folk & Acoustic Nights

 


From Readifolk Notes Spring 2014, the magazine of the Reading folk club

Drawing on a wide range of material including country blues, ragtime and jazz-infused twelve bar, Andy Mathewson proved both knowledgeable and entertaining, throwing out anecdotes and jokes about the lives of Blind Blake, Jack Teagarden and the like.
He obviously loves the guitar and his playing is precise without ever losing the musicality of the tune. In describing his own voice as merely 'average', he is being very 'English' about his accomplishments. And while his renditions of blues standards display his knowledge and understanding of the genre, his own songs are written and delivered with the experience of a lifetime behind them.
-- Andy Wilkin, promoter of Third Thursday Blues, Reading

Andy gave us a great evening's entertainment! He drew us in with his relaxed, intimate style and his knowledge of ragtime, blues and popular music from the early part of the twentieth century - as well as some more contemporary sounds including a fine selection of his own songs. All this was complemented, of course, by his magnificent and highly regarded fingerstyle guitar work and a great sense of melody.
-- Malcolm Hobbs, organiser of  Redbourn Folk Club


There was some pretty nifty guitar-playing there and although I'm a fan of traditional folk, I really enjoy the blues and ragtime sound - and it certainly seemed as though everyone else did.
-- Steve Primarolo, organiser of Bracknell Folk Club  

 

The web magazine FATEA selected Andy's song Talking To Billie Holiday for inclusion in its FATEA Showcase Session Autumn 13 Watercolours (left).


You can read the whole FATEA review of the CD Vintage Acoustic Music by clicking here.