Sunday, 17 February 2013

Matt Cooper (music)

Matt Cooper
Both my guitarist boyfriend and I were impressed by Matt Cooper when we caught his set at Eastbourne's Lammas Festival last summer. It turns out that we weren't the only ones as he has now been chosen as one of four local acts for a new venture by the Under Ground Theatre - Musical Showcase. This twice monthly Saturday night event will also feature previous theatrical Eastbourne bloggees City Of Ashes in March.

Polegate-based guitarist and didgeridoo player, Matt is also a talented percussionist who frequently manages to combine playing these different instruments at the same time. His music is original compositions and he cites Preston Reed, Martin Simpson, Brad ‘Buster B’ Jones, bass legend Victor Wooten, Chilli Peppers 4-string master ‘Flea’ and Australian Aboriginal artist David Hudson among his main influences. His style is unusual with much his distinctive sound being created by playing the guitar's fret board. I have seen him described as a 'fret dancer' and this moniker is very apt. The acoustic music has a blues feel.

Matt will be supported at the Under Ground by Si McLean, acoustic singer songwriter and winner of Hastings Has Got Talent 2012.

Under Ground Theatre, Sat 23rd Feb, 19:45.
Tickets £4, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926 or in person at the Under Ground Theatre and the Tourist Information Office.

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