Video: Iain Matthews performing in the Tap & Barrel theatre room
Thro’ My Eyes Book Launch: Stories, Songs and Celebration
Sunday 28th October 2018, 7:30pm
The CAT Club, Tap & Barrel, Pontefract
Route welcomes Iain Matthews back to Pontefract for the launch of his memoir Thro’ My Eyes. Iain will be joined by his co-writer Ian Clayton for an evening of stories, songs and celebration. In the intimate settings of the Tap & Barrel theatre room, Iain and Ian bring will the book to life in front of our eyes.
Iain’s book shows us what a fifty-year career in music looks like from the inside. From hearing something magical in vocal harmonies at Sunday School in Barton-Upon-Humber, music takes hold of Iain and never lets him go. It becomes his gateway to something else. It is music that drives him to the bright lights of London, and it will drive him on again and again throughout his life – to Los Angeles, to Seattle, Texas, the Netherlands. When everything comes crashing down, it drags him through to the other side, starting out again on his path, moreoften stronger and fresher.
Iain doesn’t shy away from the personal price of a musician’s life. He is forced to up sticks and relocate numerous times in his life and the stories unfold to reveal him slowly coming to terms with who he is, the cards he is dealt and what it is that drives him, all the while working, working, working. The stories take you back to the music with a fresh pair of ears.
We’re blessed to be hosting this special launch event that will combine stories from the book with the music that goes alongside it in such an intimate setting. If you’d like to join us, you can. Click here
Iain will be joining us in the middle of a short UK tour with Matthews Southern Comfort. On Friday 26th October he will be taking to the stage at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall, just a stone’s throw from where he worked as an apprentice in the sign writing shop of J.D. Tighe’s, singing along to pop music on the radio, prompting his workmate Derek Cottam to tell him that he ought to join a band because ‘you’re better than that twaddle’. And so it came to pass.
The current Matthews Southern Comfort sees Iain joined by three Dutch musicians: BJ Baartmans; Bart de Win and Eric Devries. It’s a mesmerizing show, the level of musicianship is breathtaking. The set is a mix of old songs and new, with the trademark vocal harmonies throughout, anchored by a singer who is a master of his craft. If you have even the slightest chance to make one of the shows, we’d recommend that you take it. Follow this link for more information on dates across the north of England and Midlands.