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Dave Mattacks
Mattacks with Fairport Convention, in Kralingen, 1970
Mattacks with Fairport Convention, in Kralingen, 1970
Background information
Birth nameDavid James Mattacks
Born (1948-03-13) 13 March 1948 (age 76)
Edgware, Middlesex, England

David James Mattacks (born 13 March 1948) is an English rock and folk drummer, best known for his work with British folk rock band Fairport Convention.

Fairport Convention

Mattacks with Fairport Convention, 1970

He replaced Martin Lamble, who had died on 12 May 1969 in a road accident on the M1 motorway, as the drummer for Fairport Convention. Mattacks left Fairport Convention in early 1972 to join The Albion Country Band.[1] Meanwhile, he had also contributed to numerous studio recordings such as the Morris On project, Nick Drake's Bryter Layter, Steve Ashley's "Stroll On" sessions, Steeleye Span's debut album Hark! The Village Wait, John Martyn's Solid Air[2] and Harvey Andrews' album Writer of Songs. He returned to Fairport Convention in order to help complete the 1973 album Rosie with a revamped line up of the band.

Mattacks also played on Nine (1974) but left halfway through the making of the follow-up Rising for the Moon, following an altercation with engineer Glyn Johns.[3] Some of Mattacks' most notable participation in studio recordings in the late 1970s are the work on art rock studio albums by Brian Eno (Before and After Science) and 801's Listen Now, as well as several Ashley Hutchings-related folk rock projects (The Compleat Dancing Master, Son of Morris On etc.).

When Fairport Convention re-formed in 1985 after a six-year absence, Mattacks was recruited as drummer. He had already been playing with them again during annual reunions at the fledgling Cropredy Festival. Mattacks remained with Fairport until 1997. He has rejoined them on occasion, such as at Cropredy in 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Liege & Lief.

Other works


He began as a trainee piano-tuner before taking up the drums. He played with several jazz bands before joining Fairport Convention.[4]

Mattacks has also worked both as a session musician and as a performing artist. Apart from playing the drums, he is also a proficient keyboard player and occasionally played the bass guitar on studio recordings.[5][6]

He also established himself as a touring drummer for Richard Thompson, playing on several of Thompson's studio albums.

Personal life


Mattacks was born in Edgware, Middlesex, England.[7][8]

In 1998, he moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States, where he is a sought-after studio musician, record producer, and member of the band Super Genius, while still touring regularly with various acts in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

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  2. ^ "Solid Air - John Martyn". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Dave Pegg talks about Fairport". The Fairport Convention Discussion List. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  4. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Biography: Dave Mattacks". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Fairport Convention: Angel Delight". mainlynorfolk.info. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  6. ^ "The Lady Is a Tramp [Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers]". mainlynorfolk.info. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Dave Mattacks". BFI. Archived from the original on 16 May 2023.
  8. ^ The Rockin' 60s: The People Who Made the Music. Schirmer Trade Books. January 2001. ISBN 9780857128119.
  9. ^ "CD ALBUMS". Thebarstewardsons.com. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  10. ^ "North of a Miracle - Nick Heyward". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  11. ^ "La Booga Rooga - Andy Fairweather Low". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2017.