Fairport legend Iain Matthews at Assembly Rooms

When some artists are referred to as “legends” it is usually measured in years, or based on the quality of their music. Few are measured in both time and quality. One artist that has been judged by both is Iain Matthews.

As a founding member of Fairport Convention back in ’67, Matthews appeared on the bands’ first three recordings (Fairport Convention, What We Did On Our Holidays and Unhalfbricking) until musical differences caused him to leave in ’69 during the recording of their third album.

The next two years would yield three critically acclaimed releases for his new band, Matthews Southern Comfort. Due to the fact he felt he wasn’t yet ready for a solo career along with his desire to pursue his love of American country music, MSC provided the perfect vehicle for Matthews’ musical growth. The band went on to chart a #1 UK single with their version of Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock.

Some thirty years later, MSC’s music continues to be held in high regard. In 2011, Iain Matthews reformed Matthews Southern Comfort and undertook a short European tour that brought the band to the UK for three sell-out shows. That success persuaded Iain to offer the band for a further short tour of 11 UK dates in 2012 including a visit to Derby LIVE’s Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite on Wednesday November 28.

The new MSC, a quartet, features renowned guitarist, songwriter, Bart Jan Baartmans, keyboardist, Bart de Win and the relatively unknown but hugely talented songstress, Elly Kellner. 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.

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.

It’s a great show featuring all MSC’s most popular songs including Something In The Way She Moves, The Road to Ronderlin and, of course, their No1 hit Woodstock alongside great new material that has emerged during the band’s renaissance.

An evening of pure, unadulterated, sonic bliss.

Tickets are priced at £15.25 and can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at http://www.derbylive.co.uk .