MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT

8pm Sat 2nd December
OTLEY COURTHOUSE

Playing a small show with us while in the UK for a festival visit –  a must for any fans of US-influenced guitar & vocal harmony folk.

Iain Matthews started out as the lead male singer on the first two Fairport Convention albums. While Fairport began to delve into music from the English folk tradition, Iain formed Matthews Southern Comfort, continuing to pursue the more US style folk of those two early Fairport albums. They recorded both original material & some outstanding covers, including Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”, James Taylor’s “Something in the Way She Moves” and most notably Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”, which went to No.1 here in the UK.

MSC recorded 3 albums in the early 70’s, and Iain has reformed the band on several occasions. He has always been a gifted songwriter and, perhaps rather like Joe South, is one of those musicians whose songs people know, but often don’t realise who wrote them.  As a vocalist he has the knack of reaching right inside his songs to draw out the essence at their very heart, singing protest songs like a man who cares and songs about being in love like a man who is.

This tour will feature the classic gems from those 3 early albums, plus highlights of MSC’s more recent material. Whether you bought the Woodstock single and helped send it to No 1 in 1970, have sung along to Iain’s song “Back of the Bus” at the local sessions, or just like great guitar & vocal harmony, this promises to be a very special gig.

 

 

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