UK country rockers Matthews Southern Comfort to embark on their first UK tour in 30 years


Moving to London from his native Scunthorpe in the mid-60s and fronting the short lived UK surf/harmony outfit The Pyramid, releasing 'The Summer Of Last Year' on Deram, Iain McDonald dropped the second i from his name and soon found himself in Fairport Convention after being spotted by Ashley Hutchings. He left during the sessions of third album Unhalfbricking (having fronted the band first with Judy Dyble and then Sandy Denny). In 1969 supported by most of his old band mates Iain issued a solo album under the name Matthews Southern Comfort, which harked back to his recent past, before forming a solid band around the same name and releasing Second Spring and Later That Same Year in 1970 and 1971. Further embracing American folk-rock and country-rock in the mould of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, The Youngbloods and other notable West Coast hippies Matthews Southern Comfort gained a surprise #1 hit with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’.

The featured 1970 video above captures the band in full flight supporting Fairport Convention at a sunny, open air gig.

 Band friction saw Matthews quit to record solo material in a similar vein prior to signing to Elektra with Plainsong, finishing what his previous group had started, whilst as Southern Comfort the remaining guys soldiered on for another two albums. Moving to America Matthews enjoyed a long and varied career that saw him veer off into all kinds of styles and genres from pop and jazz to electro-pop and new wave. Now he returns to the source material that allowed him to spread his wings.
 The current line up of Matthews Southern Comfort may only feature Iain Matthews from the original band, but they have already been praised for the manner in which they thoroughly revisit the classic sound that made them so special.  This new talented line-up feature renowned guitarist, songwriter, Bart Jan Baartmans, keyboardist, Bart de Win and the relatively unknown but hugely talented songstress, Elly Kellner. Matthews Southern Comfort are also issuing a brand new album on the superb Esoteric label. 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.

Wed 21st Nov Backstage @ Green Hotel Kinross

Thu 22nd Nov Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

Fri 23rd Nov Leaf On Bold Street, Liverpool

Sat 24th Nov Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sun 25th Nov Exeter Phoenix

Mon 26th Nov Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

Tue 27th Nov The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Wed 28th Nov Assembly Rooms, Derby

Thu 29th Nov Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable

Fri 30th Nov West Kent College, Tonbridge

Sat 1st Dec The Borderline, London

Sun 2nd Dec The Duchess, York


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