Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton play Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 8.00pm for Mundell Music.
Iain Matthews’s critically acclaimed memoir Thro’ My Eyes was written in collaboration with author, broadcaster and storyteller Ian Clayton. The book is structured around a series of Matthews’s songs and illustrated by the stories that inspired them. In Autumn 2019, the two will take to the road to bring the book to life with a new music and words show. Ian Clayton will read stories from the book interspersed with live songs from Iain Matthews.
The show will follow the story of Iain’s life, from a Scunthorpe childhood obsessed with football and music, to thrusting himself into the heart of Carnaby Street in the swinging-sixties. In 1967, he was recruited as lead vocalist for folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention before embarking on a hugely successful and prolific career as a solo artist and in the groups Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, including a No. 1 ht single with ‘Woodstock’. In 1973, when an invitation was extended to record in LA with ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, Iain took it with open arms. The opportunity to work with musicians and song-writers he had admired from afar led him to stay; he lived and worked in the USA for the next 27 years, through highs and lows, with extended stints in Los Angeles, Seattle and Austin. In 2000, in an an act of personal and professional renewal, he moved to the Netherlands, where he still lives and works to this day. Throughout those fifty years, Iain has never stopped working, with music driving him forward every step of the way. The show will be a highly entertaining and intimate occasion, rich in stories and wonderful live music, presenting the story of an artistic life through the eyes of one of our most enduring singer-songwriters.
Thro’ My Eyes: A Memoir by Iain Matthews with Ian ClaytonNominated for the 2019 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research
‘Matthews conjures up a remarkable account of a life lived in the service of good music. The text is lively and honest, sometimes brutally frank. The candour and authenticity shine through; when he has some success you cheer for him, when his world turns upside down you feel his frustration. Highly rated and recommended,Thro’ My Eyes is the best music read I’ve come across in a very long time.’ fRoots
‘He’s been through the highest highs but also the lowest lows. This swing between the extremes isn’t rare for musicians, but it’s not often told as well as it is in Matthews’s account. It’s highly recommended both for its historical value and as a quick-paced, absorbing reading experience.’ Richie Unterberger’s Top Twenty Rock Books of 2018
‘If there was an award for the role of Godfather of Americana in the UK, serious consideration would have to go to Iain Matthews.’ Americana UK