Iain Matthews will for ever be connected
to his role as a charter member of England´s number one folk rock band,
Fairport Convention, and his giant hit with his band Matthews Southern
Comfort, Joni Mitchell´s «Woodstock», in 1970.
Through his long and winding career
Matthews has released more than eighty albums; solo and with bands like
Plainsong and Hamilton Pool, adding to his Fairport and MSC-albums.
His first soloalbum, If you saw through mye Eyes, was released in 1971 and was followed by Valley Hi (73), Journeys from Gospel Oak (74) and Some days you’ll eat the bear (74).
By that time Matthews had moved to the US, where he stayed until 2000.
The last twenty years he has lived in The Netherlands.
He has collaborated with a great number of artists, we are mentioning Nanci Griffith, Michale Fracasso and Elliot Muphy.
In 2014 Matthews toured together with
musicians and artists from younger American bands Beach House, Fleet
Foxes and The Walkmen, performing Gene Clark´s 1974 cult album, No Other, in it’s entirety.
In 2018 Matthews put out his auto biography Thro´ my Eyes: A memoir.
That same year he arrived in smal
Norwegian City of Halden to play the festival «The Never-Ending
Mind-Expanding Coconut Experience», followed by a short tour, with The
Salmon Smokers (know as «the best band through time»!).
The Salmon Smokers consists of
multiinstrumentalist Freddy Holm, guitarist Omar Østli, bass player Finn
Tore Tokle and drummer Eivind Kløverød (also the backing band for
American rock singer/ songwriter Luke Elliot).
Matthews and the band hit it off to the extent that they had to make an album together. Fake Tan was
recorded in Kleiva Studio in Halden in the spring of 2019 and that
summer they were invited as special guests by Robert Plant to open his
concert at Fredriksten Fortress in Halden. Plant took in the show from
from the stage wing and really liked what he heard.
Fake Tan includes
reimagined versions of some of Matthews greatest 70s songs, including
«Woodstock» and «If you saw throu´ my eyes», some well chosen covers and
also new material.