Link betwen ‘West Coast’ and English folk at Frazer

Matthew Southern Comfort with founder Iain Matthews, left.

Matthew Southern Comfort with founder Iain Matthews, left.

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ALTHOUGH still best known for his ‘lovely West Coast’ harmony hits of the Woodstock days, Iain Matthews’ folk pedigree is impeccable.

Appearing with his band Matthews Southern Comfort in a rare intimate gig in the atmospheric setting of Knaresborough’s Frazer Theatre next Friday, Iain was at the heart of the British folk-rock wave of the late 1960s with Fairport Convention.

Not that he is one to dwell on past successes.

MSC has been reborn neither for the money or the nostalgia but simply because Matthews feels he didn’t quite get it right the first time.

The aim is to sound as fresh and dynamic today as he did when he recorded Joni Mitchell’s iconic song Woodstock and made it such a massive hit.

The priority remains on the musicianship and commitment with sumptuous, soaring vocal harmonies.

This spectacular live band represents both the past and the present, as Matthews cleverly reinvents some of the classic MSC songs, to accompany the new originals.

l For tickets costing £18, visit Pear Records in Knaresborough or Rock Steady music shop in Harrogate or visit www.kula-productions.com