Saturday, 11 January 2014

A BIT ABOUT THE ARTISTS... Half Deaf Clatch


HALF DEAF CLATCH


2013 British Blues Awards Finalist, Half Deaf Clatch, is one man with a guitar, a slide, a stompboard and some outstanding original songs. Playing resonator blues and stomping on a homemade amplified butchers block, he combines the influence of the Delta and Hill Country Blues of Mississippi with a contemporary alternative edge to produce some wonderful sounds. He writes, records and produces all his own work from home. 
Clatch began playing guitar when he was eleven and hasn't stopped since! His musical influences include Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, R L Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Catfish Keith.
Since his first gig in December 2010, Half Deaf Clatch has played over 300 shows, including The 2013 Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, The East Yorkshire Custom Bike Rally, The Springboard Music Festival, The Malton Blues Festival, The Beverley Blues Festival in 2011, 2012 & 2013, playing alongside CatfishKeith, Tom Attah, Lee Bates & Billy Newton and Poorboy at the headline events. In 2013 he has played gigs at The Monkey Junk Blues Club in Newcastle, Blues At The Bay at The Cleveland in Eaglescliffe, The Diamond in Sutton-in-Ashfield, has supported Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, taken part in most of the local music festivals in Hull, Steff's in Consett supporting Gary Grainger (of Bishop FM).He has recently enjoyed supporting one of his idols, Catfish Keith, at the 2013 Beverley Blues Festival headline event and has also opened shows for Band of Friends, The Proof, Alabama 3 and Nine Below Zero. In March 2014 he will be supporting Dave Arcari at The Musician in Leicester.
Clatch has been featured several times in the prestigious Blues Magazine and will be a featured artist in the January 2014 issue as 'One To Watch' this year.

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