Iain Matthews first gained attention as a founding member and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention’s first three albums, changing the voice of folk music in his country.
He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’.
Never one to stand still for very long Iain moved on during the 1970’s with another group, Plainsong.
An ensemble that allowed Iain to blossom as a songwriter and acoustic guitarist – supported by his ex-Fairport mates Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson both in the studio and in Richard’s case on tour.
Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups Iain released ten albums to critical acclaim including another well known Top Ten US hit with the single ‘Shake It’.
MSC has been reborn simply because Matthews feels he didn’t quite get it right the first time.
The new MSC, a quartet, features an all Dutch lineup. With renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer, Bart Jan Baartmans. Keyboardist, Bart de Win, fresh from several seasons with the Birds of Chicago and and his acoustic duo Tipjar. New to the line-up in 2017 is singer-songwriter Eric Devries.
This spectacular band, represents both the past and the present, as Matthews cleverly reinvents some of the classic MSC songs, to accompany the new originals.
The musicianship and commitment are second to none and the sumptuous, soaring vocal harmonies instantly bring to mind the 60’s version of the band.
If you’re looking for an evening of pure, unadulterated, sonic bliss, Matthews Southern Comfort lives.
“Chasing The Rainbows” is an ideal that Iain has been trying to accomplish musically for many years and on the basis of this new offering, I think it is fair to say he has found his rainbow. This is a beautifully crafted album from a superb musician and songwriter! Long may he continue to make his music.”
– RORY STANBRIDGE FATEA