The Voo, ABC, and Shea Present: Iain Matthews

The Voo, ABC, and Shea Present: Iain Matthews

Friday, April 21, 2023, 7:30 pm until 11:00 pm
The Shea Theater is pleased to present Iain Matthews with special guests Pairdown and Allysen Callery on Friday, April 21st, 2023. TICKETS: $25.00 ADV/$30.00 DOOR

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The Voo, ABC, and the Shea Present:

Iain Matthews

with special guests Pairdown and Allysen Callery

WHEN: Friday, April 21st 2023 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

TICKETS: $25 in advance/ $30 at the door

The Shea Theater is pleased to present Iain Matthews with special guests Pairdown and Allysen Callery on Friday, April 21st, 2023.

Accessibility Notice: Our theater and first-floor gender-neutral restroom are wheelchair accessible. There will be alcohol on-site for this event.


There’s a purity about Iain Matthews’ voice. And it’s mirrored by the integrity of his career- ?the singer-songwriter has never been seduced by fame. His focus has always been on creating music that captivates the ear, the mind and the heart.??Born Ian Matthews McDonald, June 16, 1946, in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, he soared to prominence in 1967, as a founding member of Fairport Convention. In that pioneering band, Matthews created exquisite harmonies with first Judy Dyble, then Sandy Denny. ?After two years, he left and formed Matthews Southern Comfort. They enjoyed a huge hit with their stirring version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” ?One of the outstanding solo albums Matthews recorded during his years in Los Angeles was 1973’s “Valley Hi,” produced by Michael Nesmith. ?Matthews has fronted such bands as Plainsong, Hi-Fi, No Grey Faith, More Than a Song and a Dutch jazz combo, The Searing Quartet. After working for a while in A&R, in 1987 Matthews returned to performing and recording as a solo artist. Since returning to live in Europe in 2000, Matthews focuses mostly again on his now all Dutch ensemble, Matthews Southern Comfort and his seemingly never ending stream of solo recordings. Matthews latest album, released in 2021 and titled “ Distant Chatter” is a duo effort, with Dutch songwriter and multi-instrumentalist B J Baartmans.


The sound of Pairdown combines a keen focus on guitar interplay with a songwriting sense that strives to be at once harmonically and melodically challenging, while also retaining its rhythmic buoyancy and a wry sense of humor.


Allysen Callery is a self-taught folk artist from Bristol, Rhode Island. Growing up she was heavily influenced by her parent's British Isles Folk Revival records of the late 60s early 70s.


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The Shea provides performance space for a variety of attractions designed to appeal to the widest range of tastes. Musical offerings include folk, pop, rock, swing, jazz, country and traditional. Theatrical productions encompass musical comedy, drama, comedy, and political satire. In addition, audiences can take advantage of magic shows, children's shows and silent film revivals.

The Shea, with the help of a wonderful corps of volunteers, has been attracting a growing audience and as a result is bringing people into Turners Falls from an ever larger geographical area. This growth has put the Shea on a firmer financial footing, providing the basis for expectations of an even more exciting future for this vital community asset.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Underwriters

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Special thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for their vital support this year in the form of a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for Organizations, as well as a Festivals & Projects Grant. We'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support in the form of a Flexible Funding grant. We couldn't do this work without you!