“Matheu Watson is one of the most accomplished and in-demand musicians in the UK. Since the age of sixteen, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist has clocked up thousands of air and road miles in touring, contributed to more than 30 albums and 20 television and radio shows alongside some of the world’s greatest musicians.
The 2009 winner of the Scots Trad Music Awards’ Best Up and Coming Artist title, Matheu began playing fiddle at the age of nine and soon afterwards taught himself to play guitar and whistle. He is now a master of more than twenty instruments, including bouzouki, mandolin and tenor banjo, and it’s this natural musicality that has led to him becoming a first-call collaborator for many leading artists. In recent years this natural musicality and flair for collaboration has been heralded in press with **** and ****** reviews from the Guardian, Telegraph, Scotsman and Herald.
Watson’s gigs over the past five years read like a who’s who of the folk, roots and world music scenes. These many live appearances have included performances with Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Dougie MacLean, Emily Smith, Kris Drever, Heidi Talbot, Martin Simpson, Bluegrass greats Tim O’Brien and Ron Block, piping greats Fred Morrison, Paddy Keenan, Mike McGoldrick, Ross Ainslie, Jarlath Henderson, Anxo Lorenzo, fiddling heroes Bruce MacGregor, Duncan Chisholm, Tommy Peoples, Anna Wendy Stevenson, Simon Bradley, Emma Sweeney, world music luminaries Zakir Hussain and Salsa Celtica, and step dance company Dannsa. Touring has taken Matheu throughout Europe and beyond, including Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium Denmark, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, The Arab Kingdom, and the UK
He has recorded alongside a whole host of Grammy award winning artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ron Block and Tim O’Brien as well as country icon Beth Neilson Chapman, Scottish Indie Prince Louis Abbott and Premier Songstress Karine Polwart. He also worked on records with the cream of the British folk music crop including Emily Smith, Fred Morrison, Fiona Hunter, Cruinn, Simon Bradley, Anna Wendy Stevenson, Dr. Angus MacDonald, Sophie Ramsay and Emma Sweeney.
Matheu is also a familiar face on television having first appeared on national TV as a young boy. He has contributed to television programmes at home and abroad, including work for BBC2, BBC4, BBC Alba, BBC Ulster, BBC Scotland, STV, Sky Arts, RTE2 and ET1. Across more than twenty television series he has performed alongside Aoife O’Donnovan, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Teddy Thomspon, Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw, Julie Fowlis, Emily Smith, The Treacherous Orchestra, Fred Morrison and Paddy Keenan. Matheu was also key soloist on Disney’s blockbuster “Brave” and features in upcoming release “What We Did on Our Holidays” (Rosamund Pike, Billy Connelly, David Tennant).
With this formidable body of work already behind him and his reputation as a top musician continuing to spread among musicians, audiences and press alike, there is no doubt that Matheu Watson is going to be a force in music in the years ahead.”
Rob Adams (The Herald)