DownByTheRiverTees is proud to welcome the slide-stomp-blues machine that is Half Deaf Clatch (aka Andrew McLatchie) to April’s Blues in the Bar session at The Georgian Theatre. HDC has been impressing UK audiences for the last nine years with his original song writing and his raw, down-home take on the blues, so yes, we are very pleased to have Clatch with us in Stockton - the heart of the Tees Delta!
Clatch has been nominated in the finals of the British Blues Awards eleven times and he made it through to the finals of the 2018 UK Blues Awards in three categories. He has played most of the countrys top Blues festivals including; Hebden Bridge, Colne, Maryport, Upton, Broadstairs Blues Bash, Shetland and Orkney Blues Festivals and has twice played BluesFest at the O2 Arena in London.
In 2017 Half Deaf Clatch pushed at the boundaries of traditional blues when he released CrowSoul, a two-song ‘Gothic Blues concept album’ to critical acclaim. In 2018 he released 'Dr Bloodwort's Nefarious Medicine Show' - an album and stage show which was commissioned by the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival. Blues Magazine had this to say about the album, ‘Viewing the tracklist you already knew that you will be dealing with a very special album....in which country blues, vaudeville, folk and Tom Waits clearly play a major role’
His 2019 album 'Short Songs for the Barely Conscious' is a collection of melancholy, contemplative and minimal acoustic alt-blues songs. Recorded in single takes with one microphone and a tube pre-amp pushed to it's limit, then overdubbed with guitar body percussion, tambourine and haunting slide guitar.
‘The one-man-band is a rare commodity nowadays, though there are notable exceptions: the wild, sinful Bob Log III, Chicago polymath The Lonesome Organist, and now Half Deaf Clatch....His sound is native to Mississippi, specifically its delta and hill country blues forms. With just a resonator guitar, a slide and an amplified plank of wood - his 'stompboard' - Half Deaf Clatch achieves some wonderful, wonderful sounds.’- Classic Rock Blues Magazine