Article from 'Quays News'

‘RAG N Bone Man Presents’ was welcomed to a sold-out intimate Sound Control last night. It was a live night of music for upcoming artists in the industry – a show thought of and created by Rag N Bone Man himself. Dan Willis went along…

Opening the evening was Indie-Folk singer Megan Dixon Hood, a rising star from BIMM Manchester who’s hit ‘Early Morning Riser’ has gained popularity from Radio 2 royalty Sir Terry Wogan – and this was no surprise, as her live rendition of the song received a thunderous ovation from the audience. Megan’s haunting vocals almost left the room in a zen-like trance, as the 19-year-old’s powerful emotion-inducing lyrics in her following songs, ‘Sirens’ and finally ‘With Time’, rounded off an incredible set.

Next up was River Matthews, who wowed the audience in attendance with his passionate and almost-raspy voice, and his performance of ‘Stars’ a song which he wrote for his niece – received a huge response from the audience.

Both Megan and River gave outstanding performances, and through playing the live night have given themselves incredible exposure for the future.

Following a long break, Rag N Bone Man finally arrived to a huge reaction from the crowd – he also announced that it was his birthday, which saw the crowd break into unison for a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’; which Rag N Bone Man laughed off...

Article from 'The Tipping Point'

If atmospheric folk is your thing then we have a song for you today which is going to make you really excited about new music. River Matthews is just beginning his foray into showing the world his music, but it doesn’t take long on first play of ‘Feels Like Morning‘ to feel that this could be sung back to River by thousands of fans.

His voice has a lovely accent and tone to it, not unlike the equally fantastic Night Beds. It’s obvious by the first few lines that we’re dealing with an exceptional lyricist here:

“but as the night caught fire, my heart became the choir”

‘Feels Like Morning‘ is a very warm song and as we reach the chorus it breaks out into something very accessible rivaling the catchy-ness of any Mumford & Sons chorus.

River has signed to Catherine Records and is performing this Sunday supporting Billie Marten at George IV in London which looks like a must see gig. There are snippets of his ‘Feels Like Morning‘ EP over at his website and his twitter also suggests that more music is in the works. We look forward to watching him take over the world, one cozy folk ballad at a time.

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