Our series of mini-gigs continues with an exclusive show from Matt Hill, formerly known by his stage name, Quiet Loner. In an incredibly varied career, Hill has co-written an album with people at a homeless project, enjoyed residencies in a museum and a prison as well as festival appearances and a song-writers’ circle with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury. What contrasts! His song-writing ability has led to two UK Americana chart number 1 albums and we are delighted to showcase his talent on AUK.
The first of two songs Hill performs is ‘Save Your Pity’, taken from his forthcoming album, ‘Savage Pilgrims’, which is due out in July. This is his first record under his own name. In troubled times, it’s always good to have something to look forward to.
The second song is John Prine’s ‘Speed of the Sound of Loneliness’, which Hill performs as a tribute to the great singer-songwriter, whose recent passing was such a sad event for those in the Americana community and beyond. Hill’s delicate version is full of style and grace. Fitting and touching.
Hill says: “I never expected life indoors to be so busy.” Indeed, he has been working non-stop during the lockdown, livestreaming ‘My First Protest Song’ for children and helping to organise a virtual festival, headlined by Billy Bragg. Isolation Fest raised £28,000 and helped to save a homeless outreach project.
Enjoy the gig and stay safe, my friends.
Superb Matt. If the new album is all as good as that song it’s gonna be a belter. Can’t wait!