Dave Mattacks played drums on several tracks on Phil Manzanera's Listen Now album.
After leaving school, Dave served as an Apprentice Piano Tuner, then worked at London's " Drum City " Music Shop under Johnnie Richardson. His first professional engagement was with a provincial " Mecca " Big Band which spanned a 3 year period ; it included residencies in Belfast, Glasgow & London. During this time, he played occasionally with a variety of small Jazz groups throughout the UK.
Autumn of '69, DM joined " Fairport Convention " : recorded seven LP's with the group ( including " Liege & Lief " ) & extensively toured the UK, USA, Europe, Antipodes & Japan. He left in '74 to pursue a freelance career ( See " Recording Credits " / " Film work " / " Tours " etc., ) but re-joined in late '85.
Until recently, Dave successfully combined recording & touring with " Fairport " with other work, but left the band finally In March of '98 to concentrate on his freelance career again. He now lives in Boston and has most recently appeared on the Mary Chapin-Carpenter album " Time * Sex * Love ".
Dave has also played with :-
Joan Armatrading ("The Shouting Stage", "Love and Affection" Title tracks plus others on both); Gary Brooker ("Fear of Flying"); Elkie Brooks ("Pearls 2"); Liane Carroll ("Clearly"); Mary Chapin-Carpenter ("Place in the World"); Beverley Craven (Debut CD); Sandy Denny; Barbara Dickson (several recordings including "Dark End of the Street"); Nick Drake ("Bryter Layter"); Brian Eno; Everything but the Girl ("Amplified Heart"); Georgie Fame; Peter Green; George Harrison; Jethro Tull ("A Little Light Music"); Elton John (tracks on "Ice on Fire" and "Leather Jackets" including the single 'Nikita');Micky Jupp; John Martyn; Paul McCartney (tracks on "Tug of War", "Pipes of Peace"; 'Long and Winding Road' from "%85Broadstreet" and 'We got Married' from "Flowers in the Dirt");Ralph McTell; Alison Moyet ('That old Devil Called Love' single); Bill Nelson ("Red Noise"); Jimmy Page ("Death Wish 2"); Martin Phillips & The Chills; Proclaimers ("Hit the Highway" and "Sunshine on Leith"); Chris Rea (four CD's including "On the Beach" and "Stainsby Girls" singles); McGarrigal Sisters; Cat Stevens; Richard Thompson (various recordings including "Hand of Kindness"); Loudon Wainright; XTC ("NonSuch")