There’s a purity about Iain Matthews’ voice. And it’s mirrored by the integrity of his career.The singer-songwriter has never been seduced by fame. His focus has always been on creating music that captivates the ear, the mind and the heart. Born Ian Matthews McDonald, June 16, 1946, in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, he soared to prominence in 1967, as a founding member of Fairport Convention. In that pioneering band, Matthews created exquisite harmonies with first Judy Dyble, then Sandy Denny. After two years, he left and formed Matthews Southern Comfort. They enjoyed a huge hit with their stirring version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” One of the outstanding solo albums Matthews recorded during his years in Los Angeles was 1973’s “Valley Hi,” produced by Michael Nesmith. Matthews has fronted such bands as Plainsong, Hi-Fi, No Grey Faith, More Than a Song and a Dutch jazz combo, The Searing Quartet. After working for a while in A&R, in 1987 Matthews returned to performing and recording as a solo artist. Since returning to live in Europe in 2000, Matthews focuses mostly again on his now all Dutch ensemble, Matthews Southern Comfort. Since returning to live in Europe in 2000, Matthews focuses mostly again on his now all Dutch ensemble, Matthews Southern Comfort.
Philadelphia Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist Jim Fogarty has been touring and recording with Iain for 30+ years, in addition to his own solo and in-demand session and accompaniment work. Playing guitar, mandolin, dobro, pedal and lap steel, plus pretty much anything else he gets his hands on, Fogarty is known for his ability to back-up singer/songwriters and cover everything from folk, pop, rock to twangy roots, country and blues, convincingly, but with his own unique voice. With his wife Lindsay Gilmour, Jim has toured from Philly to New Zealand, and also currently works with power pop combo Travel Lanes, western swing mavens Beats Walkin’, and has a 25 year+ collaboration with underground legend Kenn Kweder……..plus a wide variety of singers and writers of all styles.