Matt Corcoran (VIC)
Realizing that in Australia, the only real way to develop a following is to tour, Matt hit the road-full-time, flat-out, and NO FIXED ADDRESS.
Matt Corcoran plays slide guitar on his lap, and drums with his feet. His acoustic guitar is set up to produce an acoustic and electric guitar sound, and is linked to a device that allows Matt to record and loop grooves (live on stage). He loops those groove through another guitar amp and plays along as if it were a backing band. Matt's act is often referred to as the "freaky Little One Man Blues Band!".
Matt sounds like a cross between John Lee Hooker and Ben Harper, with a lot of RL Burnside, a bit of George Thorogood, parts of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a piece of Bukka White, and snippets of Fred McDowell. All this blended together forms a hypnotic Delta Groove Blues sound that makes you want to dance and tap your feet.
Matt was one of the last remaining touring rural blues-man, playing almost 230 shows a year between 1999 and 2004, a fact that is reflected in his songwriting and attitude to life. All his material is original and Matt delighted his fans with humorous stories and jokes throughout the night to make it a complete and entertaining show.
In a very short time Matt built up an impressive Australia-wide audience. He collected new fans in their droves, delighted the old one's with his new material, and gathered a nice collection of Blues Music awards on the way.
Matt states that his music "integrates the history of the blues, especially its Australian variants, into a progressive, modern sound that is fresh, innovative and above all entertaining".
Matt has featured at the Australian Blues Music Festival in 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 & 1999. He was joined by Benny Owen on African Djembe and percussion at the 2004 Festival.
Where's Matt Corcoran Now?
Matt Corcoran "retired" in April 2004 after a life-changing experience sent him into a new direction with a grand new purpose. Matt Corcoran now lives in the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Matt Corcoran Live (2006)
Angry Young Man (1998)
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