MATTHEW WHITAKER

He will be making ripples in the music industry being as accomplished a musician and lyricist as he is.’  The Mancunion

Matthew has been a prominent member of the Manchester music scene for over a decade – fronting hugely popular bands Whiskycats, Gypsies of Bohemia and, most recently, Henge.

As a friend and past performer of Cloudspotting, we are thrilled that Matthew will open the festival with an intimate performance showcasing his excellent debut solo album of late 2016, ‘The Man With the Anvil Hat.’ While his other bands have been about partying, The Man With the Anvil Hat is more the soundtrack to the morning after – dreamy, haunting, wistful and epic. Matthew was a prodigiously talented, classical guitarist as a child, although he left that style of playing behind when he discovered song writing as a 16-year-old. The Man With the Anvil Hat sees him return to those classical guitar roots – with inspiration coming from composers such as Leo Brouwer, Enrique Granados and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Other influences on the album include the movie scores of Ennio Morricone, the early 1970s folk/jazz music of Nick Drake and the soft, nuanced vocal ballads of Chet Baker.