Interview: Matt Churchill

Matt Churchill is a singer/songwriter who is playing a free show at the Rose & Crown on Saturday afternoon with The Cry Baby. We had a chat to him.

Hey Matt! How would you describe your sound?

An indie folk mish-mash, I appreciate that’s not a Spotify-friendly genre!

Who are your big influences?

Neil Young, Paul Weller, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Billy Bragg… if the music tells a story that’s more than just the lyrics, it’s incredibly powerful.

What can people expect from your Stow Festival performance?

45 minutes (or less, or more!) of aggressively dynamic acoustic rock and roll.

What attracted you to play the festival?

The Walthamstow scene [Nice plug, the fiver’s in the post mate! – Stow Festival] seems to be flourishing, and what with the Art Trail, it speaks volumes for the people of the area who are looking to develop and establish a real cultural hub. That’s something I wanted to be a part of and to help with in any I can. It’s amazing when groups of people can come together and bind around an artistic vision that benefits their local community, it’s a compelling message to others that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you have something to say, so you might as well say it.

What’s next for you after Stow Festival?

I’m looking to record a couple of EPs and continue gigging, we’ll see what happens. To say I’ve given up on “the dream” would be false, I’m just a little bit more relaxed about it these days!

Matt Churchill plays the Rose & Crown on Saturday 22 September from Midday(ish) with The Cry Baby. Entry is free and the performance is in the downstairs bar.

Here’s ‘Five Years’ by Matt Churchill.

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