Patsy Matheson – Domino Girls (TRCD3)
Singer-songwriter Patsy Matheson has returned with her most accomplished work to date.
‘Domino Girls’ is a stunning collection of 10 songs that confirms her standing as one of the most talented artists on the folk scene today.
West Yorkshire-based Matheson has always been comfortable occupying centre stage with her guitar, her poetry and her voice. On this album she has also surrounded herself with a stellar cast of collaborators - musicians she has both admired and championed, folk favourites Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow, former Uiscedwr fiddle player Anna Esslemont and cellist Sarah Smout, (Rosie Doonan & the Snapdragons, Michael Chapman), among them.
This has resulted in a mature, sumptuous sound where the honeyed vocals drip with emotion and a flirty playfulness, adding to the rich textures which blend perfectly to produce a supremely satisfying whole.
On the face of it ‘Domino Girls’ feels like a very personal album for Matheson - yet the songs deal with universal themes of love, longing. regret and friendship which means it has wide appeal.
It is virtually impossible to pull out highlights which gives an indication of the album’s strengths.
‘Domino Girls’ is a significant addition to Matheson’s body of work and it will be fascinating to see how she follows this triumph.
Patsy Matheson will be touring in support of ‘Domino Girls’ and appears at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Thursday, May 1. Tickets details are available from www.thetradesclub.com.
‘Domino Girls’ is released on March 31, For information on where to purchase the album, live dates, news and details of previous releases visit www.patsymatheson.co.uk