Matt Deighton – The Common Good

'The Common Good' - featuring Paul Weller, Steve White, Marco Nelson, Mick Talbot, and produced variously by Matt and John Leckie at Realworld, Britannia Row, Chiswick Reach and Blackbarn.

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We've been long time champions of Matt - without doubt one of the most criminally overlooked artists of the last 30 years. The standing ovation at our showcase in November spoke volumes. Those that know his story will do anything to help get some overdue recognition and success for one of Britain's finest. We hope you'll help us help Matt.

/// Biography ///

2014 finally sees the reemergence of British folk’s most enigmatic lost son. You may recognize Matt Deighton from his time fronting Acid Jazz heroes Mother Earth; you may remember him as Paul Weller’s guitarist in the late 90’s, or Noel Gallagher’s recommendation for who should replace him when he quit the European tour in 2000. Or maybe you don’t. For the past decade, the man they keep calling the natural successor to Nick Drake, Davey Graham and John Martyn has been himself more of a rumour – a murmur among musicians, songwriters and diehard music lovers who proudly display his rare vinyl releases like trophies. The list of articles in the press and online has continued unabated, forever asking the same question: Where is Matt Deighton? As the Huffington Post discovered at the end of January 2014 in their piece ‘The Resurrection of Matt Deighton’: He’s back.

For those prospectors looking to pan the stream for a British Sugar Man, Matt’s discography shines like a diamond among the silt. ‘Villager’ was the subject of a recent Mojo ‘Buried Treasure’ feature and is oft hailed as a British folk classic; The Common Good is strewn with British music glitterati such as Paul Weller, Steve White, Mick Talbot and Marco Nelson; and the stunning You Are The Healer features Brian Auger among others. Matt is one of those rare artists that musicians simply want to be associated with. Tom Cox, who reviewed the near legendary 'Wake Up The Moths' for the Observer Music Monthly recently remarked in the sleeve notes for the vinyl reissue that his only regret when reviewing the album was that he felt his ‘measly four out of five star rating did it a disservice’. Add to that the four stars from Q and Mojo for his collaboration with Chris Sheehan ‘The Bench Connection’ in 2007 and you start to get the picture. That’s to say nothing of collaborations with Chris Difford, Dr John and Mighty Baby.

Having spent years trying to convince Bill Fay to come out of retirement – which resulted in the heavily critically acclaimed Life Is People released last year (Matt assembled the band and played lead) he accidentally convinced himself back in to the studio at the same time for forthcoming LP ‘Doubtless Dauntless’. His upcoming shows - including some with Kathryn Williams - are the start of a year of recording and touring. Yes, Matt Deighton is back, and as the Sunday Times declared - “’s impossible to imagine fans of Nick Drake of John Martyn not falling in love with him…”

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Album Tracks

  • Large As Life

  • 'Til Monday

  • Populator

  • The Rolling Bus

  • The Common Good

  • Before and After

  • All The Above

  • Just Remember

  • Back To The Meantime

  • Finger of Rain

  • A Saint Coming Home

  • Evensong

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