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The Memphis Acoustic Music Association


Otherlands Coffee Bar   641  S. Cooper 
Saturday, October 1, 2016     8 PM

$15    Tickets will be at Otherlands on September 6 and can be bought online at

Iain Matthews was an original member of the seminal English folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Had he done nothing else in his storied career, his place in popular music history would be secure.

But like most true innovators, Matthews has never been content to leave it at that. He went on from Fairport to form the bands Matthews’ Southern Comfort and Plainsong, to name only the groups he is best known for. Matthews’ Southern Comfort explored American music and had a #1 UK hit with Joni Mitchell’s, “Woodstock.” Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups, Matthews released ten albums to critical acclaim. One, If You Saw Thro My Eyes, reunited him with his ex-Fairport mates Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson. A later solo effort, Stealin’ Home, included another Top Ten US hit, the single “Shake It.”

Matthews’ new release with Plainsong is Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña, a tribute to the Cuban-Irish poet, novelist, songwriter and dulcimer player who died tragically in a motorcycle accident 50 years ago. Fariña recorded and made concert appearances with his wife, Mimi, and the two albums they recorded before his death, Celebrations for a Grey Day and Reflections in a Crystal Wind, are cherished to this day by fans of traditional music, aficionados of breathtaking instrumental collaboration, and lovers of beautiful, inspired song-craft. Reinventing Richard is a tribute across the years from one musical icon to another.

The old advertisements for Blackglama furs used to ask, “What becomes a legend most?” In the case of Iain Matthews, the answer is to never stop making inspired music

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Our next MAMA concert brings the unforgettable Roy Bookbinder to Overton Chapel on Nov 11.   Roy is not only a great blues musician, he's a mesmerizing storyteller as well.  And go to our  MAMA Recommends link to learn of more fine musicians coming to Memphis this fall.