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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Richard Thompson
  • Country: United States
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Dave Mattacks' professional career started in the UK with big bands before joining the influential folk-rock group "Fairport Convention". Dave was also freelancing extensively throughout his tenure with the band. In March 2000 Dave left the UK and moved to Boston, MA where he continues to enjoy a full career in music, both live and studio work, and as a musician and producer.

Dave's discography includes 5 CD's with Paul McCartney and various CD's / tours with - among many others - Elton John, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Everything But The Girl, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richard Thompson, XTC, Jethro Tull, Joan Armatrading, Brian Eno, George Martin, Susan Tedeschi , Nick Drake and Loudon Wainwright.

Mattacks' early career began as an apprentice piano tuner before he worked at London's "Drum City" Music Shop under Johnnie Richardson. His first professional engagement was with a provincial "Mecca" Big Band, which spanned a 3-year period. The band was engaged in residencies in Belfast, Glasgow and London. During this time, Dave played with a variety of Jazz groups throughout the UK which provided the foundation for his continuing affection for the art form.

It was in Autumn of '69 when Dave joined "Fairport Convention" recording seven LP's with the group (including "Liege & Lief") and touring the UK, US, Europe, Antipodes and Japan. He left Fairport in '74 to focus on his freelance career (See "Recording Credits" / "Film work"/ "Tours" etc.) but re-joined in late '85, leaving finally in '97.

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