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Mat Skinner

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Born in the midst of industrial Stockport just before Maggie changed the heartbeat of a nation. His mum fondly remembers him jumping up and down to AC/DC on Top Of The Pops with a red plastic guitar proclaiming “I’m gonna be a rock star”, while he remembers being taken on some aural journey when listening to Mozart and the voice of Joni Mitchell reminding him of his Mum’s cooking. Music had a strong hold on his life from a young age, he still prickles with excitement at the thought of hearing the blues for the first time ‘It made me feel electric, sent shivers down my spine, it made me feel alive. I loved Cream and BB King, listening to that music made me feel connected to my Dad - if it created such an emotion in me, it must make him feel the same - there was a connection.’

‘When I was eight years old, Dad gave me the acoustic guitar that Mum had given him on the day they got married.’ His eyes water at the memory. ‘I wrote my first song on that.’

Summers at folk festivals with Mum invoke memories of real ale and salty seaside air ‘I looked at the men with big beards, socks and sandals and thought ‘I’m never gonna look like that!’ The full beard has been a feature of his laid back style for over seven years now, the socks and sandals have yet to take their grip.

Mat played his first gig in the winter of 1984 in a remembrance day assembly at school, he played Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can see Clearly Now’ and from that day on was hooked on the fear of performance.

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