Nathan Watson set for homecoming Hertfordshire concert

Nathan Watson will be appearing live at Club 85 in Hitchin

Nathan Watson will be appearing live at Club 85 in Hitchin

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A FUNK/SOUL singer will be returning to his Hertfordshire roots when he plays a county music venue this weekend.

Erstwhile Welwyn Garden City resident Nathan Watson is returning by popular demand to Club 85, in Hitchin, on Saturday night.

Nathan was born and raised in Stevenage, but moved to London to ply his trade and is now recognised as one of the finest young talents gracing the capital’s stages.

A guest vocalist at Ronnie Scott’s for a year, he has featured in Music Week’s urban music charts and, together with his band The Freakanomics he has supported such luminaries as Mica Paris, The Three Degrees, Alexander O’Neal, Candi Staton and Incognito.

The Freakanomics, meanwhile, feature the drummer from The Selecter and a guitarist who has supported Jessie J and X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson.

Nathan will be headlining an intimate gig at Club 85 on Saturday having played a well received show there last year.

“I’m really looking forward to playing,” he said. “It’s such a great venue.”

Promoter Roger King said: “Nathan really is a phenomenal talent.

“The last time he played at Club 85 it was undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2012. He seemingly effortlessly encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from reggae and funk to blues and rock, and has a host of great, catchy songs, often bringing to mind the Motown greats, and even chucking in a craftly instrumental that pays homage to Pink Floyd.”

Support on the night comes from London seven-piece Rusty & The Cheese, whose “poppy funky soulful goodness” features Pete Daynes, best known locally for his collaborations with Roxy Searle.

Indi Forde, former frontman of Indi and The Vegas, will also be making an appearance.

Doors to the Whinbush Road venue open at 7.45pm, with the music starting at 8.15pm.

Entry to the 16-plus show is £5 before 8.30pm and £7 thereafter.

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