MATT OWENS: Matt Owens is the archetypal ‘working’ musician, whose gritty narratives and brutal song-noir are fast forging a reputation for the ex-Londoner as the songwriter’s songwriter of choice.
Having co-founded the hugely successful Noah & The Whale, touring the world countless times and selling over a million records, Matt has more recently been collaborating with the new crop of UK Americana trailblazers such as Elles Bailey and Robert Vincent (who both grace his latest album Scorched Earth) as well as finding time to play in Thea Gilmore’s live band and on her Number 1 album, Small World Turning.
A veteran of touring (opener Cargo For The Road was originally written on a Noah’ tour bus from Seattle to Fargo), Owens was touring up to 200 shows a year before the pandemic hit, playing 30 festivals a year as far flung as Glastonbury, Loopallu, Doolin Folk Festival and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
In lockdown Matt kept busy writing his third album (working title “If you won’t leave me, I’ll find someone that will,”) co-writing with Elles Bailey for her forthcoming record, producing a number of new upcoming artists, and running his own weekly show “StageTime” on Radio Bath, championing emerging Americana artists. He also launched and successfully sold out Bath’s first Americana Music Festival, The 7 Hills (featuring Beth Rowley, Louis Brennan, Michele Stodart, Lady Nade) in his new hometown.
Following on from his critically-acclaimed debut solo album Whiskey and Orchids (produced by Nigel Stonier) the Covid-delayed show at Green Note is set to celebrate the vinyl release of Scorched Earth.
Released in autumn 2020, Scorched Earth featured an all-star cast of Americana glitterati: Robert Vincent, Joe Harvey-Whyte (The Magic Numbers), Fred Abbott (Noah and the Whale), Deni Bonet (REM) and finds the ex-Noah and the Whale man at the top of his game.
Matt brings an all-star cast to Green Note featuring the Little Mammoths rhythm section, Geoff Widdowson on keys (Danny and the Champs), Camilla Skye on vocals and Hannah Johns on violin (The Leylines.)