Guest Percussionist and Keyboardist
Dave Mattacks (“DM”) professional career started in the UK with big bands before joining the influential folk-rock group “Fairport Convention”, freelancing extensively throughout his tenure with the band. In 2000, Dave left the UK & moved to Boston, MA where he continues to enjoy a full career in Music spanning live & studio work, both as a Musician & Producer.
DM’s discography includes 5 CD’s with Paul McCartney & various CD’s / tours with – among many others – Elton John, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Everything But The Girl, Sandy Denny, Chris Rea, XTC, Jethro Tull, Joan Armatrading, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, [“Procul Harum’s”] Gary Brooker, Peter Green, John Gorka, John Martyn, The Proclaimers, Cat Stevens & Loudon Wainwright.
After leaving Fairport in 1974 and rejoining the band in 1985, he was asked to appear as sensitive percussionist, drummer and keyboard player on the semi-acoustic tour “A Little Light Music” with Jethro Tull in 1992, which produced the live album of the same name. The tour was recorded each night in a wide variety of “exotic” locations and was Tull’s first live album since “Bursting Out” in 1978.
DM successfully combined Fairport’s schedule with his freelance commitment for 13 years; however he finally left the band in March of ’98 & moved to New England in the US two years later. A few of his credits since then include recording &/or concert dates with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richard Thompson, Juliana Hatfield, John Jennings, Teddy Thompson, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Steeleye Span, Susan Tedeschi, Martin Sexton, Dennis Brennan & Rosanne Cash.
As well as his performance, recording & studio-production schedule over the last few years, Dave has given several Master-Classes at London’s Royal Academy of Music, taught at The Berklee College of Music’s “Percussion Week“ [which twice included delivering an afternoon Clinic / Master-Class with an evening Band performance at Boston’s Berklee Performance Centre], taught at Berklee’s “ 5-week “ Summer Programme (three years running) & has been the ‘house drummer’ at Marblehead Arts Festival for the last seven years.
In the Spring of 2011 he performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra during their “Motown Classics” evenings, & was recently the featured artist/interviewee on the front cover of the March/April ’11 popular “DrumHead” magazine.