NEWS: On May 26th Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates released their new record “Folklore” on Gare Du Nord Records of London. Available here Vinyl and Download: FOLKLORE

Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates are a 4/6-piece group based in San Francisco, USA and Birmingham, UK.


In December 2013, Last Tape Recordings of San Francisco released the group’s debut album -- a limited edition (300 copies) vinyl-only album “The Fates.” Which features a hand-lithographed sleeve by designer/artist Rex Ray (David Bowie etc.) The album is now sold out.

On “The Fates” the Unfortunates are joined on electric guitar by Fred Frith (Eno, Robert Wyatt). The record was produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Capt. Beefheart, P.J. Harvey, Pixies). Eric also plays the pump organ and the mellotron

In September 2013, Metal Postcard Records of Hong Kong released the group’s 7” “Minotaur/Bad Blood.”

Matthew Edwards relocated to the UK in late 2013 where he now has a UK version of the Unfortunates.

In November 2014, 'The Fates' had an official release (CD/download etc.) worldwide on

Acclaim for Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates “The Fates”

'****' Mojo January 2015 ' "The Fates is a great record, blessed with snags of understated charm, originality and pure lambent beauty" 4/5 Shindig Magazine December 2014

"The Fates rolling wordplay recalls Kevin Ayers; all wry wit and melancholy" 7/10 Uncut December 2014

“The Fates is an album that is fatally backwards-looking; not in any blindly retro sense, but in its love for the very act of looking back, pining for the past merely because it is the past and seeking not to recreate it but to luxuriate in loss, and the paradoxical beauty and romance of age, distance and decay” The Quietus, December 2014

“An altogether striking record” – Bucketful of Brains, November 2014

“An album rich with the intricacies of human experience” - StereoEmbers, October 2014


During 2016 the Unfortunates recorded their new album "Folklore" at John Rivers (Felt, The Specials) Woodbine Street Studio in Leamington Spa, England and Get Reel in San Francisco.

They were again joined by Fred Frith on guitar and Eric Drew Feldman on mellotron, organs etc. Also guesting on two songs is Dagmar Krause of Slapp Happy, Art Bears fame.

The album comprises 10 songs. All songs were written by Matthew Edwards except “Song of Songs” by Matthew and drummer Derick Simmonds.

Matthew has co-writing credit on the upcoming record by Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention)

The Unfortunates are playing in the UK and US in 2017.