HIGHLY-rated Kidderminster singer is on course to impress crowds at headline shows across the region with new material.

The 39-year-old singer/songwriter Teddy Matthews, along with his five-piece band, will be performing his modern soulful folk sound at Worcestershire venues, including a homecoming gig at the Boars Head in Kidderminster on June 2.

The modern, gritty vocals of Teddy is inspired by popular acts such as Mumford and Sons and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, with his music accompanied by a mix of acoustic guitar sounds and deep electronic rhythms.

Teddy has been busy putting the finishing touches on his debut E.P Hold on the Rhythm, which will be released on the same day as his headline show at the Actress and Bishop, Birmingham on April 27. The new E.P deals with a range of themes personal to Teddy, including love, loss, relationship experience and childhood memories.

These performances follow from a successful year for Teddy, having received a place in the top ten ones to watch for 2018 by BBC music, and his music appearing on Tracks of the Week on BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester.

Teddy also supported indie band Bloc Party’s frontman Kele Okereke at his intimate set at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, as well as performing at summer festivals with his band.

Teddy Matthews will also take to the stage at Marrs Bar, Worcester on April 15 and the White Hart in Corby on May 4.

Teddy said audiences can expect "some gritty soul and plenty of harmonies that will be stuck in your head for days.”

For more information and to purchase tickets for the spring dates, people can visit Teddy’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teddymatthewsmusic/.