Sunday, 11 March 2012

Scott Booth: sublime six-stringed splendor

It has been confirmed, the winner of the marvellous Northampton Y Factor is none other than breath-takingly atmospheric guitarist Scott Booth. Hands down he was the winner from the start, miles ahead of the competition and guaranteed to go down a storm. The whole night was basically just beating around the bush looking at purely the contest, they should have just given him the prize as soon as he stepped through the door.

But if they'd done that we wouldn't have been graced with his mind-blowing guitar playing and believe me that would have been a shame. Unlike the other usual riff-raff coming with their three minute intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus-chorus-outro tracks, Booth sits on stage surrounded by his own calm, mystical aura then proceeds to strum the living daylights out of his instrument at lightening speed, captivating the whole audience as with his mesmerising acoustic brilliance. A true natural on the guitar and a must see live act who you should definitely be keeping your eyes open for in the next few years, both locally and throughout the UK.

Scott Booth is my favourite guitarist in the county at this moment in time; I could watch him for hours and I'm sure he could go for that long too. I'm unsure if the ninteen year old is actually playing set songs, freestyling or a mix of the two. All I can say is that he has power in his plucks and comes alive in the limelight. If you're into your leftfield music (and I'm not talking about the kind of guy who calls themself a pop rebel by listening to Linkin Park, I mean really into your leftfield music) then brace yourselves, because when Scott Booth blows who knows where he'll finish.

Update 13.3.12 - just got himself onto Smash Down TV, the forerunner in Northamptonshire music channels

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