Charlie Dore with Julian Littman: 8 instruments and a wealth of songs

Date/Time Sun 24 Feb 2019 7:45 PM

Price Online - £8 / £10 + booking fee On The Door - £10

Website: http://charliedore.com/


Charlie Dore is best known as a respected songwriter, but has been performing in her own right since the 1970s. She made her first album in Nashville and London and released a single, Pilot of the Airwaves, which became a hit in the US.

She became one of a handful of UK songwriters to have success across diverse genres with songs covered by George Harrison, Tina Turner, Lisa Stansfied, Ricky Ross, Sheena Easton (US No 4), Celine Dion, Black, UB40, Status Quo, Paul Carrack and a UK No 1, ‘Ain’t No Doubt’ for Jimmy Nail. Charlie’s songs have won two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and in 2012 Best Album Lyrics from the Indy Acoustic Project for her album Cheapskate Lullabyes.

Five of Charlie’s albums have been released since 2005 on her own label Black Ink, which have seen her rediscover her own voice and return to her earlier folk-roots influences. She considers herself a fairly late starter in terms of resuming her own recordings and so intends to keep touring until she drops. Charlie’s 9th album, Dark Matter, is described as “Metaphysical themes versus small dramas with humans routinely baffled by their own inner space. Zen Folk for the curious.”

The album was recorded and mixed in Charlie’s room with co-producer-writer-schoolfriend Julian Littman, who plays guitars, Dobro, mandolin, banjo, lap steel, piano and percussion (house keys make a return appearance) while Charlie plays guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonium. The album features Gareth Huw Davies on 5-string Double Bass & Cello, Ben Castle on clarinet, Jessie May Smart on violin and Tom Rees-Roberts on trumpet.