The U.K.-based band Plainsong, who released only one album before their initial break up 44 years ago, will make their second U.S. tour in September. The dates will support their new release, Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Farina. Plainsong is Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts, the nucleus of the original band, presenting their songs acoustically. They will perform selections from the Farina recording as well as tunes from the Plainsong catalogue. Dates begin Sept. 13.
April this year marked the 50th anniversary of Farina’s death in a motorcycle accident. He is largely remembered for two albums recorded with his wife Mimi (younger sister of Joan Baez) including Celebrations for a Grey Day (1965), chosen by Robert Shelton of The New York Times as one of the 10 best folk albums of that year, and Reflections in a Crystal Wind (1965).
Plainsong was formed in 1972 by Matthews, formerly of legendary Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort (who had a worldwide hit with “Woodstock”) and Andy Roberts, who has played with Roy Harper, Pink Floyd and legendary '60s band, the Liverpool Scene.
The Plainsong tour begins Sept. 13 in Ann Arbor, MI and ends on Oct. 1 in Memphis, TN.