FAIRPORT CONVENTION & MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT
Live in Maidstone 1970 Voiceprint
By 1970, Fairport Convention had been together for more than three years, a period in which they had recorded and released five studio albums, including the folk/rock classic Liege and Leaf. This rediscovered performance was recorded by director Tony Palmer at the quaint Maidstone Fiesta in the summer of 1970. Fairport Convention had just recorded Full House, which featured the sterling line-up of Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, and Daves Pegg, Swarbrick and Mattacks. The performance is as you’d expect from a bunch of rangy folkies – rough as a briar patch but exuding more swagger than a pack of prowling skinheads. A couple of songs from FC-connected band Matthews Southern Comfort (My Front Pages, Southern Comfort) sit well with the likes of FC’s jigs, reels and songs such as Sir Patrick Spens and Now Be Thankful. A curio snapshot of a different era; extras include a 2007 interview with Palmer.