GIG PREVIEW: Jonah Matranga’s Swindon return

In case you haven’t heard yet, this morning there was a very exciting Swindon show announced, and I’m here to tell you a little bit more about all of the musicians on the bill. On October 30th you’re going to want to get yourselves down to Level III, to see these three very special performances…
Heartwork:
If you haven’t encountered my love for Heartwork (aka Dan O’Dell) I don’t know what rock you’ve been living under. He’s performed a lot in Swindon over the last year, but hasn’t been back since he supported Kristopher Roe from The Ataris last December.
Heartwork recently released an EP titled ‘The Bootleg Sessions’ (my review of which will be up soon) and his debut album ‘Things I Wish I’d Said’ is going to be released fairly soon. This show will be a great opportunity for him to showcase his new material and launch the album, and revisit old favourites ‘To Water on Mars’ and ‘I Went To Parts’.
A half an hour slot is not going to be long enough, so you need to make sure you get down early. You don’t want to miss a second of what’s sure to be a brilliant opening set.
Check out Heartwork on Facebook, or download his EP at the link above.

Helen Chambers:
I hadn’t heard of Helen until I saw her name on this line-up, but after checking her out I’m very excited to see her. With her beautiful acoustic songs laced with a refreshing country feel, it’s always nice to find a new female singer-songwriter, particularly one with a voice this great. Having toured with Brian Fallon and Chuck Ragan (and performed on stage with the latter multiple times), if you’re fans of either of those artists it’s definitely worth you giving Helen a chance.
She hasn’t been very active over the last year or so – well, at least not on social media – but with the announcement that she’s playing the Specialist Subject Records all-dayer this weekend (Saturday 20th) she’s certainly got some exciting performances coming up.
Visit Helen at her website, or find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Jonah Matranga:
The main event, Jonah Matranga actually came to Swindon last year and I missed him (I’d already purchased tickets to see Deaf Havana‘s 2000 Trees warm-up show!) so when I was told this show was happening, I was ecstatic.
If you haven’t heard of Jonah, you’ll definitely have heard of his band Far. They released four albums back in the 90’s including the critically acclaimed ‘Water & Solutions’, which made a huge impact on the scene. Following a brief reunion between 2008 and 2010, during which they released their fifth – and currently final – album, ‘At Night We Live’, Jonah has been focusing on his solo material.
Working with a huge mix of artists (from Matt Nathanson to Deftones, Lupe Fiasco to Fort Minor) Jonah has certainly worked hard throughout his career. If you appreciate dedication to the scene, it’s only right that you come out to this show to support a veritable legend.

Tickets for the show are available here (at a special advanced price of £8) or you’ll be able to buy them on the door for £10. What better way to spend the night before Halloween?