MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT Iain Matthews unveils the latest line-up, live in the UK during December
Never let it be said that Iain Matthews is one to dwell on past successes.
These days, most band ‘reunions’ take place because of the huge financial rewards available and occasionally, record company pressure. In the case of Matthews Southern Comfort, neither reason applies. The original band wasn’t around long enough to have any fanatical following - despite much very fine music and the worldwide hit ‘Woodstock’ - and there is no high profile label hovering in the wings. MSC has been reborn simply because Matthews feels he didn’t quite get it right the first time. Originally a vehicle for his musical concepts, forty years on, the sounds and songs just keep on coming.
The original band came to a shuddering and premature halt, when Matthews decided, rightly or wrongly, that it lacked musical depth. The formation of an all new MSC comes from his desire to finish the journey, plus a deep ongoing passion to make perhaps one more important musical statement, that will be both heard and acknowledged by his peers.
In conceiving and assembling this unique group of spirited and likeminded players, Matthews has once again surpassed all expectations. 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.
The new MSC, a quartet, features an all Dutch lineup. With renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer, BJ Baartmans. Keyboardist, Bart de Win, fresh from several seasons with the Birds of Chicago and and his acoustic duo Tipjar. Rounding out the lineup is the relatively unknown Amsterdam 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. If you're looking for an evening of pure, unadulterated, sonic bliss, Matthews Southern Comfort lives.
Friday 1st :Skegness - Great British Folk Festival, Butlins Resort, Ingoldmells https://www.bigweekends.com/the-weekends/specialist-music-weekends/great-british-folk-festival.aspx
Saturday 2nd: Otley, Old Courthouse, Courthouse St, Otley LS21 3AN 8pm £15 +b/f www.otleycourthouse.org.uk/
Sunday 3rd: Kinross, Backstage At The Green £22 8pm http://mundellmusic.com/artist/matthews-southern-comfort/
Tues 5th: Brighton, The Greys, 105 Southover Street BN2 9UA 8.30pm £16.50 in bf www.facebook.com/events/479556392413474/
Wednesday 6th: Isle of Wight - Quay Arts Centre, Sea St, Newport PO30 5BW www.quayarts.org/ 01983 822490
Thurs 7th: Barnoldswick - The Arts and Music Centre, 18 - 22 Rainhall Road BB18 5AF http://www.barnoldswickmusicandartscentre.com 01282 813 374 / 07712 628 366 Doors 7.30pm £15 + bf
Friday 8th: Selby - The Town Hall, York Street North Yorkshire YO8 4AJ 01757 708449 SOLD OUT http://www.selbytownhall.co.uk/events/event.php?name=matthews-southern-comfort