Friday, October 26, 2012 - 13:30

The Eden Café in White River Place, St Austell is hosting a blues gig on Friday November 2, as well as a special choral performance on Saturday, November 3.

On Friday, blues singer Matt Woosey will be supported by local musician Jack Wallen, while on Saturday the café will be filled with traditional Cornish songs courtesy of the Strike Sound Male Voice Choir.

Matt Woosey started his musical career at the tender age of 15, when he auditioned to be the drummer for the band Black Rose, who played Thin Lizzy songs for a musical in Bristol, which ran for two weeks.

The band, who were all at least 20 years his senior, took him on and Matt learnt his trade playing blues and rock ‘n’ roll for a further two years. Matt then spent five months in Australia, which helped him develop into a confident solo artist.

Taking inspiration from his first band, his travels and collaborations with other artists, Matt has created a signature style of bold, bluesy vocals and dynamic slap-and-pick guitar playing. His musical talent and beautiful song writing has made Matt a favourite on the both the folk and blues scenes.

Matt will be supported by Jack Wallen, who is a regular at the Eden Café. Jack’s laid-back style and soulful songs, influenced by the likes of Tom Waits and Ray Lamontagne, makes him one of the Westcountry’s best newcomers.

There will be a different flavour of music on Saturday, when the Strike Sound Male Voice Choir will fill the café with their harmonies.

The choir formed in 2009 when a group of friends came together to sing as an octet led by former BBC Radio Cornwall presenter Janette Eathorne as their Musical Director. The group soon developed a strong sound and became so popular that they now have 14 members.

Strike Sound will present an evening of songs, humorous stories and jokes, all with a distinctly Cornish twist.

Ashley van Dyke, Eden Café Manager, said: “It’s really exciting to offer such a variety of local music at the café, embracing Cornish roots and bright new talent.”

For the Matt Woosey and Jack Wallen gig on Friday, tickets cost £6 or £5 for concessions. Doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm.

For the Strike Sound concert on Saturday, tickets cost £10 each, including a supper of warming winter stew and artisan breads, or £5 for the music alone. Doors open at 7pm, with music starting at 7:30pm.

On both nights, the café will be open until late, serving delicious homemade food until 10pm and an array of beverages all night long. People will also be able to keep cosy by the beautiful fire pit.

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