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Matt Schofield and his blues trio will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.
Matt Schofield and his blues trio will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. (Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

When British blues artist Matt Schofield took part in his first U.S. tour three years ago, he performed with his band at The Snail Pie Lounge.
Hundreds of gigs later, Schofield still remembers the show. After all, it's not every day musicians are booked to play before a boisterous, enthusiastic crowd inside a barn.
"It was an unusual setup," Schofield said.
For nearly a decade, The Snail Pie Lounge owner Steve Webster has booked artists from all over the world to play at his venue, located on his farm's property in Glenville, Pa., just a few miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
This weekend, Webster is branching out. He has organized a concert featuring Schofield and his blues trio at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. Tickets are $27.50.
After 10 years of holding concerts at his barn, including a few featuring Schofield, Webster was told by the Lineboro fire company earlier this year that he had to stop due to potential safety and fire hazards.
In the hopes of continuing what he started on his property, Schofield turned to the Carroll Arts Center, where he is hoping he can regularly start holding the same sorts of concerts he's held at The Snail Pie Lounge.
The list of musicians who have performed at The Snail Pie Lounge includes country guitarist and singer Junior Brown and Buckwheat Zydeco, a two-time headliner of the Common Ground on the Hill Music Festival in Westminster.
"I recently attended a concert at the Carroll Arts Center and I thought it would be a good venue for us," Webster said. "It has the same intimate quality that [The Snail Pie Lounge] does."
If this concert draws well, Webster said he would like to host more musicians at the venue in the future. The Carroll Arts Center allows promoters to rent out the facility for gigs.
This will be Schofield's first Westminster show. The three-time British Blues Guitarist of the Year from Manchester, England, is a self-taught performer who grew up listening to his father's vinyl collection featuring blues greats like Albert Collins and B.B. King.
Schofield, 35, was also influenced by the late-'80s blues revival. He's released four studio and three live albums. His 2012 studio album, "Anything But Time," was recorded during his first visit to New Orleans with fellow Brit John Porter producing it.
His trio is unique in that it lacks a traditional bass. Instead, his longtime bandmate Jonny Henderson plays the left-hand organ bass.
Schofield splits his time touring between the United States and England. His American crowds tend to be more uproarious, he said, which was definitely the case when he performed previously at The Snail Pie Lounge.
"We had the best time there," Schofield said. "The audience was just fantastic. It was cool. I'm sure [Webster's] carried some of that with him to Westminster."

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