Saturday, 05.08 / 22:45 / Main Stage @Castle
British born and now US-based, Matt Schofield continues to push the frontiers and reshape the boundaries of the British Blues tradition. A multi-award winning guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and band leader, after more than 30 years of performing, and 20 years into his solo career, Schofield’s impact as one of the most influential and distinctive guitarists of his generation is unquestionable.
Along with a storied career that has taken him and his band to nearly 30 countries worldwide comes awards, industry and critical acclaim – three time “British Blues Guitarist of the Year”, “British Blues Album of the Year” and the first guitarist inducted into the “British Blues Awards Hall of Fame”. Mojo Magazine “Blues Album of the Year”and Guitar & Bass Magazines “Top Ten British Blues Guitarist of All Time” alongside Eric Clapton and Peter Green.
Schofield’s fluid and melodic playing and iconic tone has inspired legions of guitarists, and a sought after line of signature instruments and equipment including a Two-Rock Matt Schofield amplifier.
What remains ever impressive is Schofield live. From main stages at prestigious festivals such as Montreal and North Sea Jazz, to packed houses in legendary 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 within his innovative original compositions.
A renowned musical educator, in 2018 Matt released “Blues Speak”, his highly acclaimed TrueFire instructional series. As a clinician he has taught from Tokyo to Texas and all points in between.
Awards and commentary:
British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012 which garnered him an induction into the British Blues Hall of Fame
Voted Blues Album of the Year (2011) Mojo Magazine
Penguin Book of Blues Recordings cited as one of only two living British artists to achieve the maximum four-star rating
Guitar & Bass magazine’s Top Ten British Blues Guitarists
“In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades.” L.A. DAILY NEWS, USA
“The best of this generation’s European players. His feel for the music is incredible.” VINTAGE GUITAR, USA