Tour re­turns to hum­ble start

Midwest Times - - THE EDGE -

Perth-born mu­si­cian Matt Gre­sham has toured with house­hold names such as Guy Se­bas­tian and for­mer Bri­tish X Fac­tor win­ner James Arthur, per­formed at var­i­ous mu­sic fes­ti­vals, re­leased an al­bum and writ­ten a song which was pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated for West Aus­tralian Mu­sic Song of the Year.

Now the 29-year-old is re­turn­ing to hum­ble be­gin­nings in one of the very first places he ever per­formed, Southerlys Tav­ern in Port Deni­son.

Gre­sham, who moved to Ber­lin two years ago to work closely with mu­sic pro­duc­ers, says there is noth­ing quite like tour­ing small, re­gional towns.

“I’ve toured Europe and Amer­ica and lots of big ci­ties in Eng­land and it’s fun but it’s not as fun as be­ing with fam­ily on the beach some­where,” he said.

“When you do tours of re­mote ar­eas, it’s like you’re on hol­i­day.”

Gre­sham, who was born in the Gold­fields, says he grew up in a fam­ily of mu­si­cians and was in­spired to start per­form­ing due to be­ing ex­posed to mu­si­cal tal­ent at a young age.

“I was just ab­sorbed in mu­sic at an early age, and there was al­ways a gui­tar in the house,” he said.

“I was first in­spired by my fam­ily, but as I got older, my in­spi­ra­tion changed to the artists I’ve been supporting.”

The singer-song­writer says he en­joys a mix­ture of Frank Si­na­tra and Fugees while de­riv­ing the ba­sis of his mu­sic from hip-hop rhythms and folk mu­sic melodies.

Gre­sham is tem­po­rar­ily step­ping out of his cur­rent tour with first Aus­tralian Idol win­ner Guy Se­bas­tian to per­form in Port Deni­son and the artist says he is ex­cited to re­turn to the town.

“I haven’t played there in four or five years, but it was one of my first per­for­mances in WA.

“I formed a re­ally good con­nec­tion with the own­ers, and I just think it’s nice to be in a lit­tle bar per­form­ing acous­tic mu­sic.

“I re­ally love Don­gara and Port Deni­son, it’s a beau­ti­ful lit­tle place and a su­per nice en­vi­ron­ment to bring fam­ily to and en­joy some live mu­sic.”

Gre­sham will be per­form­ing a free show at Southerlys Tav­ern in Port Deni­son this Sun­day at 7pm.

Matt Gre­sham will per­form in Port Deni­son this Sun­day.

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