REVIEW: ROB MATHESON, THE ROSE AND CROWN, NEWPORT PAGNELL

The Jacksons, U2, The Zutons, Sam Cooke...just some of the varied music palate shared with drinkers at snug watering hole The Rose and Crown, on Saturday evening. The musical perpetrator, Rob Matheson, filled his 'stage' time at the Newport Pagnell establishment with largely classic tracks, the sort that we all know and respond to, but the Northants-based player replaces a song-by numbers cover factor with a gravelly voiced expression of his own, freshening up the set-list. To be fair, playing covers in a bar when the weekend crowd wants to let its hair down and sup a few pints of the wet stuff, doesn't lend itself to an attentive audience.  But people have turned up to listen, and once in their ears stay tipped to his delivery. photo   Costello classic Oliver's Army is a highlight, so too the early arrival of Springsteen's Red Headed Woman. Expertly managing to tow a difficult line between being either overpowering or underwhelming in this type of environment, Rob hit the necessary spot, interspersing his deliveries with just enough light banter. A pint of Guinness with a Matheson chaser?  Go on then, it is the weekend.... Presumably, he has been re-booked.  We'll let you know when we do. > For bookings mailto:robmathesonmusic@outlook.com