Drawing from his obsession with pre-war country blues, Half Deaf Clatch (aka Andrew McLatchie) has been impressing audiences all over the UK for the last nine years with his raw down-home blues and his original song writing. Described as a Slide Stomp Blues Machine he was a finalist in the British Blues Awards eleven times between 2013 and 2016, and finalist in three categories of the UK Blues Awards in 2018. He is currently a finalist in the 2020 UK Blues Awards for Acoustic Artist of the Year.
Not one to rest on his laurels or shy away from a challenge, in 2017 Half Deaf Clatch pushed at the boundaries of traditional Blues when he released CrowSoul a two-song ‘Gothic Blues concept album’ to wide-spread critical acclaim. In 2018 he was commissioned by the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival to write an hour long stage show with a coinciding album for their 2018 festival. The album Dr Bloodwort’s Nefarious Medicine Show and it’s live show garnered much attention and praise at the festival. His 2019 album Short Songs For The Barely Conscious shows off a mellow, contemplative side – utilising finger picked folk blues style guitar, retro synth sounds and ethereal electric slide guitar. Half Deaf Clatch has graced the stages of most of the UK’s top Blues events and festivals over the last 9 years.