MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT
MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT, FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER, 2018
The lead singer of Matthews Southern Comfort, Iain Matthews, is originally from Scunthorpe. On leaving school he worked for Jack Tighe’s in Kirton and now he is back. Iain has over 50 years in the music business. He left Scunthorpe in 1967 to seek fame and fortune in London. He was the founding member of Fairport Convention and was the vocalist for the innovative band’s first three albums which changed folk music in the UK. He moved on to create Matthews Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. In 1971 they had a No. 1 hit with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’.
Iain went on to form and play in Plainsong for 20 years, whilst at the same time pursuing a solo career in America, releasing numerous albums. He relocated to Holland in the 90’s with his wife and family.
Never one to dwell on past successes, Iain reformed Matthews Southern Comfort simply because he didn’t feel he got it right the first time. Originally a vehicle for his musical concepts, forty five years on the sounds and songs just keep coming.
The new MSC features an all Dutch line up of incredible musicians. There is renowned guitarist, song writer and producer BJ Baartmans on guitar, Bart De Win on keyboards and singer songwriter Eric Devries on guitar and harmony vocals. Iain plays guitar and lead vocals, and has one of the most recognisable and pitch perfect voices in music. Bart has previously played Town Hall Live with Birds of Chicago.
In conceiving and assembling this unique group and likeminded players, Iain Matthews has once again surpassed all expectations. The musicianship and commitment are second to none and their sumptuous vocal harmonies instantly bring to mind the 1971 version of the band. This spectacular band, represents both the past and the present, as Iain cleverly reinvents some of the classic MSC songs, to accompany new originals.
Earlier this year the band released a new album ‘Like A Radio’ and toured with Magna Carta, as well as playing at Cropredy. If you are looking for an evening of pure, unadulterated, sonic bliss then this concert is a must. Matthews Southern Comfort lives and Iain Matthews returns to Kirton for the first time in 50 years.
Support will come from Lancashire singer/ songwriter JOE MARTIN, who is gaining major attention on both sides of the Atlantic with the quality of his songs and the rich texture of his voice. Joe has played at the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Jeremy Egner from The New York Times was there and wrote ‘ Joe Martin played an excellent set, here’s a young Englishman who is destined for big things.’
Advance Tickets for this concert are priced at £15 and can be purchased from the One Stop store in the town, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets.com.