Iain Matthews and Egbert Derix played live in the Goldmark Front Room for the first night of their 2013 UK tour.

Egbert Derix is an established jazz composer from the Netherlands and Iain Matthew’s roots have taken hold in contemporary singer/songwriter circles, including the Fairport Convention.

However, if we break down these borders, look deeper and think in terms of quality, rather than genres, it’s a musical marriage made in heaven.

The pair first came together in 2003, touring with a live version of Matthew’s legendary 1970 solo album “If you saw thro’ my eyes”. Plans were made at the time to forge a writing partnership, only for it to be capsized by other career commitments. But not before they had two new songs in the bag and the realisation that an ease and understanding existed between them.

Fast forward five years, when Matthews extended an invitation to Derix and his Searing Quartet, to appear in his performance series, “Common Grounds”. Part of the concept for the series is that the host plays two songs with his guests. Egbert suggested doing two older Matthews compositions and the result was quite astounding. It appeared to all in attendance that the two songs had been performed by this lineup many times.

“I had shivers running up and down my spine” says Matthews. “It was almost a life changing experience. I knew then that something magical was in the air”. From that experience came the album, “Joy Mining” and heaps of critical acclaim.

Born from necessity, the pair began working as a duo and enjoyed each others company on stage so much that it quickly became their preferred medium.