The blues is music that travelled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall – a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader – it is the supernatural sound that crossed the ocean to Perth, Australia to ignite his imagination and give power to his art. A young man with an old soul: Matty is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature.

His points of references are wide; he has studied and played a spectrum of styles including flamenco, swing jazz and funk, and he attests to a love for “heavier things” in his youth, bands like Metallica and Sepultura among them. But he remembers how the musicians he admired would honor the blues masters who came before them. And following the trail of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan backwards, he was hooked. “I discovered Robert Johnson and he made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” he remembers. “I got into the blues and have never gotten out of it.”

As a guitarist, Matty wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching and bending the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. While he is capable of blazingly fast leads, he also drives the beat with percussive punctuation and solid assurance. With his vocals, he coils along the lines of the guitar. “I enjoy using my voice as another instrument,” he avows. He says that his songs are primarily riff-driven, and he compiles his musical notations into a catalog of 50-100 concepts that he can call up when lyrical inspiration strikes.

In performance, Matty fronts a band of seasoned pros to support his songs. His preferred configuration is a trio: where the guitar has plenty of air around it. “Sometimes playing with a bigger band is a strait jacket,” he observes. “With a trio I can go crazy.”

While the music that Matty plays has roots in the past, he is a very much an artist in the present. Through his reverence for historic musical forms, he is not emulating, but redefining these sounds, as he introduces classic genres to new listeners and invests them with his own trademark.

Matty is supported by Andrew Winton (7.30pm) and Empire Blues (9.45pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

Andrew Winton

Andrew Winton is a multi-award winning songwriter and performer based in Perth, Western Australia. He specialises in lap-slide guitars, however is an accomplished musician with diverse training including a Diploma of Music (Jazz - electric guitar) from the prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Andrew has performed at major festivals around Australia and internationally, and is known for his musicianship, on-stage warmth and humour, eclectic influences and diverse lyrics. He is also an experienced workshop facilitator. A full biography with press/reviews, awards, current/past musical projects. 

Andrew has released 5 albums and 2 DVDs, and has a new album due for release in late 2015. To listen to or purchase Andrew's music or read lyrics please visit Andrew's band camp site.

Empire Blues

Empire Blues is an established, dynamic Blues Power trio whose primary influences come from the British Blues invasion of the 1960s. Initially the band took its material from this period, but over time it has moved to performing more original material in the belief that for Blues music to evolve, you can’t keep just repeating the past.

Formed in 2005 the band features prominent Western Australian Blues musicians: Andrew McIlroy (guitar/vocal) Alan Dawson (bass guitar/vocal) Frank Shinall (drums). All three musicians have been stalwarts of the Perth music scene for many years and have performed regularly at the Perth Blues Club.

High-energy blues is very much the staple of the band, which has a well-earned reputation for lifting the roof off many a blues venue. The band also brings together more traditional elements to many of its songs through the use of Dobro-slide guitar, fretless bass and brushes on the drums for an acoustic (not roots) blues feel. Together with great original tracks from their two full length CD releases, Empire Blues (self-titled) & Blue Diamonds, the band also covers material from, John Mayall, Eric Clapton/Cream, The Rolling Stones, Robin Trower, The Animals and many other great British blues artists.