10:30 – 11:45pm, Friday 2 November, Blues stage
Matt Schofield continues to push the frontiers and reshape the boundaries of the British Blues tradition. Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and bandleader. After 27 years of performing, and 15 years into his solo career, Schofield’s impact as one of the most influential and distinctive guitarists of his generation is unquestionable.
Along with his ever growing fan base from performances around the globe comes awards, industry, peer and critical acclaim – three-time “British Blues Guitarist of the Year”, “British Blues Album of the Year” (Heads, Tails & Aces – 2010) and the first guitarist inducted into the “British Blues Awards Hall of Fame”. Mojo Magazine “Blues Album of the Year” (Anything But Time – 2011) and Guitar & Bass Magazines “Top Ten British Blues Guitarist of All Time” alongside Eric Clapton and Peter Green.
Schofield’s inimitable playing and tone have inspired legions of guitarists, and a signature Two-Rock Matt Schofield amplifier. With his Hal Leonard “Blues Guitar Artistry” Instructional DVD, Matt became one of the few British blues artists to join the company of Buddy Guy and Eric Johnson.
What remains ever impressive is Schofield live. From main stages at prestigious festivals such as Montreal and North Sea Jazz, to packed houses in iconic clubs like New York’s Iridium or London’s 100 Club, Schofield’s ability to connect with audiences immediately and profoundly is unforgettable. His authenticity, mastery of guitar, emotive vocals, and improvisational brilliance are brought to life with innovative original compositions, as beautifully captured on the 2012 live album “Ten From The Road”.
Schofield’s most recent album “Far As I Can See” described by Premier Guitar Magazine as a ”fiercely individual collection, worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the best of the genre” was released by Mascot/Provogue Records in 2014. Matt will return the studio in early 2018, with his original and iconic organ trio line-up, to mark the 15th anniversary of the album and band that launched his solo career.
Matt Schofield guitar
Jonny Henderson piano
Evan Jenkins drums