Monday, February 12, 2007

Iain Matthews - Acoustic Evening In Paris

A very impressive concert last Tuesday night in Paris. Iain Matthews showed us a true pop/folk music master at work. With a recording career stretching almost 40 years it's not a wonder at the huge catalogue of songs he has to choose from. I'm not all that familiar with his recorded work (mores the pity) but he prefaced a lot of the tunes that night with little stories about the songs which really enriched the concert. It seemed he really skipped back and forth in time as he sang his set list. I liked how he'd get real quiet and intimate for a song or two and then kick out a foot stomper to bring us right back up. Certainly he paces his audience with expertise!
I'd never seen at La Pomme d'Eve audience so quite or attentive either. Not one word was spoken during the more than 90 minutes set and more then a few folks were singing silently along on many of the songs. Really, I can't say enough about the show. Excellent singing, great songs, fine guitar playing and a comfortable stage presence really made last Tuesday a night to remember. Iain Matthews has got it all folks. It was a real lesson about the wonder and beauty that can happen on a stage when dedication, talent and skill are brought to bear.
First up for the evenings festivities were a short set each by singing songwriters Kreg Viesselman (Wells, MN.) and Danny Schmidt (Austin, TX.). Schmidt's easy grace, intricate and interesting finger picking and word-smithing deserve special mention and a recommendation.


Iain Matthews - Cartwheel Avenue .mp3
Iain Matthews - One Door Opens .mp3 both songs from Zumbach’s Coat (Binky Records, October 2006)
Fairport Convention - She Moves Through The Fair .mp3 from What We Did on Our Holidays (1969)
Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny - Who Knows Where The Time Goes? .mp3 from Unhalfbricking (1969)

Danny Schmidt - Dark-Eyed Prince .mp3 from Parables & Primes (July 2005)
Kreg Viesselman - Honey of the Vine .mp3
from The Pull (August 2006)

Photo: Elliott Murphy (left) joining Iain on stage last Thursday during Iain Matthews second Acoustic In Paris evening. (Photo: Hervé Oudet)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Leaky Sparrow- it's not always easy to write a concert review but I hope this one works. It is,of course, only the opnion of one man. There is nothing "perfect" in the real life but this night in Paris came close! thanks and congratulations on the success of your very cool music site!


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Blogger Rough Cut said...

Thanks for the post, LS.
Iain is my absolute favorite artist.
Hope this will get people to check him out. His complete catalogue is on eMusic. Start with "If you saw thru my eyes," "Skeleton Keys" and his latest "Zumbach's Coat. That's a good sampling from the career. Then dig in and get the rest. His song "Midnight On The Water" will give you chills. Also check out his buddy, Ad Vanderveen. Some very tasty work there as well.

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