19.20-20.05, Club Tent • Thursday
River Matthews is an English Soul Folk singer, songwriter and musician, based in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Along with singing from a very early age, he started playing classical guitar at age 7 but changed to acoustic guitar aged 15 as he started listening to music by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens and whatever else he could find in his parents LP collection. With a bit of help from a local guitarist he developed his chord playing in partnership with his singing and, at the age of 17, started playing covers gigs with friends in the local area.
River began writing songs in his 20’s and cites his biggest influences in artists such as Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon, to name a few.