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 songwriters 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.