Short but sweet tour UK

Fri.   26th.  Kirton Lindsay – Town Hall. UK
Sun. 28th. Pontefract – Iain Matthews book launch “Thro’ My Eyes – a memoir”
Mon. 29th. Pontefract, Tap & Barrel. UK
Tue.  30th. Bilston – Robin 2. UK (w/ Magna Carta)

Shows in October.. Austria and UK!

We’ll be back on the road again in October, folks!

Fri.      12th. Thalgau. Austria
Sat.    13th.  Mayrhofen. Austria

Fri.   26th.  Kirton Lindsay – Town Hall. UK
Sun. 28th. Pontefract – Iain Matthews book launch “Thro’ My Eyes – a memoir”
Mon. 29th.tba. UK
Tue.  30th. Bilston – Robin 2. UK (w/ Magna Carta)

Live dutch national radio last night with MSC

Last night we played Leo Blokhuis’ show on Radio Npo2. We did two songs of the new album ‘Like a Radio’ live.. want to see how we sounded?

Leo Blokhuis commented on the new album when it came out in February,
“…This fine record oozes with the excitement that making music can give: beautiful melodies, very well sung and arranged to great taste…”
here he subs for Bart.. click photo to see the clips..

Click to see the clips.. in photo it’s Leo, BJ, Iain and Eric

New Dates

Matthews Southern Comfort

May
Friday 25th. Theatre de Wegwijzer. Niuew en St Joosland. NL
Sat.      26th. BAM Festival. Hengelo. NL
June
Fri.       29th. Festival. Berlin. Germany
July
Thur.  26th. Burg Herzberg Festival. Germany
Fri.      27th. Yard Club. Koln. Germany
August
Mon.  13th. Broadstairs Folk Week. Broadstairs. UK
October
Fri.      12th. Thalgau. Austria
Sat.    13th.  Mayrhofen. Austria

Fri.   26th.  Kirton Lindsay – Town Hall. UK
Sat. 27th. Wirksworth – Assembly rooms. UK
Sun. 28th. Pontefract – Iain Matthews book launch “Thro’ My Eyes – a memoir”
Mon. 29th. Barnoldswick. UK
Tue.  30th. Bilston – Robin 2. UK (w/ Magna Carta)
Wed. 31st.  Morecombe – The Platform. UK
November
Sat.    24th. In the woods. Leusden. NL
Thu.   29th. Heerenlogement. Beusichem. NL
December
Sat.      8th. Paradox. Tilburg. NL
Fri.      14th. Luxur. Arnhem. NL

 

Review on All About Jazz.com

Matthews Southern Comfort: Like A Radio

By DOUG COLLETTE

It’s been nearly half a century since the initial Matthews Southern Comfort album, and Like A Radio is the first in nearly a decade, a bonafide testament to the timeless quality of its namesake’s best work (not mention how it predated today’s Americana). Since his days in Fairport Convention, continuing into solo work that carried him to collaborations with Michael Nesmith and more pop-oriented work into the Nineties, Iain, nee Ian, Matthews has charted his own course as an artist, sufficiently self-motivated to know when pursue his own independent course, yet equally willing and able to collaborate as he does here.

On a dozen artfully-sequenced tracks, multi-instrumentalist Bart Jan Baartmans, keyboardist Bart de Win and singer/songwriter Eric Devries coalesce with the leader to replicate the sound of the original band, encapsulated by their famed rendition of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 tuned, “Woodstock.” This stylistic resemblance further reaffirmed with three additional remakes from earlier MSC releases (including James Taylor’s “Something in the Way She Moves”) on an expanded CD that runs over sixty-minutes , this folk-rooted, vocal harmony-laden approach is a far cry from the jazz-oriented, often baroque leanings of Matthews’ most recent solo endeavors.

The photo of the group’s musical instruments on the front cover of this LP may signal the irony of its title, yet in keeping with Iain’s down-to-earth demeanor, it is far more apropos of the natural affinity for each other these four core musicians display in writing, singing and playing here. Produced by Baartmans, this album is no exercise in nostalgia, as evinced by the way Matthews and company touch upon aspects of modern global culture on “The Thought Police:” they couch this topicality in a sparkling but soft mix of delicate singing and the twinkling of acoustic guitars that offer the barest hint of country music.

The glowing electric piano very effectively contrasts those textures, an effect continued in the sly titlesong; here is where it becomes apparent Like A Radio is an album in which to become deeply immersed for the sound quality alone, despite the fact there are no solos much longer than the acoustic piano there. Matthews Southern Comfort circa 2018 takes a nuanced, insinuating approach, and the bandleader’s own voice is fundamental to that inviting air, even when the material at hand is as potentially off-putting as “The Age of Isolation.”

Yet the dispassionate thinking at the root of that song, like the bulk of this collaboratively-composed material, signals the maturity of a group convinced that the passage of time has its advantages. As captured on this recording, the sound a is naturally warm, at once spare and lush (somehow) and those virtues, for some listeners, may camouflage an unflagging certainty of purpose evident within originals such as “Bits and Pieces.” Precious little here offers direct obeisance to roots as does the semi-reel “Crystals On the Glass,” but here as elsewhere, the comparative brevity of the track works in its favor.

And the wry sense of humor Matthews Southern Comfort displays during “Jive Pajamas” reaffirms the wisdom of this grouping, not mention its timely release. Over the course of time, Like A Radio should demonstrate a durability comparable to its predecessors (and so many of Mathew’s other work). But early listens to the record illuminate how gracefully its leader has aged; no longer the waif with the boyish countenance, there remains a dignity in Iain Matthews’ greying visage corresponding to the burnished instrumental and vocal strains that populate this record and render it so affecting.


Track Listing: The Thought Police; Like A Radio; The Age Of Isolation; Bits And Pieces; Darcy Farrow; Crystals On The Glass; Been Down So Long; Jive Pajamas; Phoenix Rising; To Love; Right As Rain; Chasing Rainbows; Bonus tracks: Something In The Way She Moves; A Heartless Night; Your Cake And Eat It.

Personnel: Iain Matthews: vocals, guitar; Bart Jan Baartmans: vocals, guitar, bass, drums: Bart de Win: vocals, keyboards; Eric De Vries: vocals, guitar, mandolin.

Title: Like A Radio | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Made In Germany Records

R&R review UK

And another review  ‘Like a Radio’ in UK Magazine R&R  Oz Hardwick writes:

“.. Though Iain Matthews is the only constant in this new line-up, his revival of the name signals a return, not some retro retread! The all Dutch band displays tasteful virtuosity throughout.. as with the first version of the band though ‘Like a Radio is all about the voices.. the material too is first rate.. these are songs to hold the listener with both lyrics and arrangements and with choruses that you find yourself humming days later..

Read more here: MSC-RnR review

Review! Pete Sargeant wrote @ Just listen to this..

Out of the blue and with a band of Dutch musicians whose grip on this artist’s feel for roots and folk music and vintage and modern Americana is eminently displayed here…a new album from Iain Matthews and the new Matthews Southern Comfort!
Fifteen new recordings, sounding fresh and well-realised. The group members are Bart Jan Baartmans on various guitars and related, keyboard man Bart De Win and Eric de Vries on acoustic guitar and singing. On the sleeve their portraits suggest they could play an artful pack of Amsterdam jewel thieves film if this doesn’t work out..just kidding, gentlemen…there’s a real folk craftsmen look about them. read more here.. Just Listen to this