An interview with local musician Matt Allin

1. How did you get into music?
I got an elec­tric gui­tar when I was 16, and formed a school band with friends. We played two gigs — and it was amaz­ingly excit­ing. In ret­ro­spect we were fairly bad — but in our minds we were stars.…

2. What made you decide to start per­form­ing?
I love songs and tunes — and want other people to hear them. And I’m secretly a show-off.

3. What’s your day job?
I work in the NHS

4. Are you a West Nor­wood local?
Nearly — I live in East Dul­wich, but I know West Nor­wood quite well

5. What brings you back to FEAST each month?
I like the idea of the Feast, and would like to do what I can to sup­port it. Since I don’t make any­thing, music is what I can con­trib­ute. And the organ­isers are lovely!

6. What’s next for you?
Writ­ing, record­ing and per­form­ing in our band — Nun­head Folk Circle (www.nunheadfolkcircle.com). We’re also get­ting into play­ing for ceilidhs and barn dances — this is great fun, but hard work!

7. What tips would you give to someone start­ing out as a per­former?
I think find­ing some­where “safe” to try it out is good — you could try folk clubs, likewww.thegooseisout.com where they have a “sing around” in the pub. Any­one and every­one is wel­come to sing a song and everyone’s singing is val­ued — it’s a very accept­ing envir­on­ment to have a go!

Make sure you check Matt out at the next FEAST!

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