Charlie Dore’s songs have been covered by the likes of Celine Dion and George Harrison and she has written platinum selling hits for Lisa Stansfield and Tina Turner but her live shows show she keeps the best for herself. And the live show is coming to Hull this weekend.
It will be an evening of eclectic, contemporary, rootsy folk at The Back Room Cottingham on Saturday November 30th as Charlie, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span. The pair, friends since they were 16 swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano, autoharp, harmonies and stories as they showcase latest album Dark Matter, dip into the past 5 albums and also share original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others.
Charlie will even do a new acoustic version of her hit “Pilot of the Airwaves” and local singer Sam Martyn is practicing her harmonies for that. Other local celebrities involved include Wolfy O’Hare who is MCing the evening, and support is from Hull’s own songwriting sensation, Rob Niklas. Rob and Charlie met in 2010 when Charlie was running a songwriting workshop at Truck Theatre and Rob has been a grateful fan ever since. “After that I joined a songwriting course that had Charlie as a mentor. She encouraged me to push over a few barriers which made me a much better writer. She is superb at crafting melodies and lyrics adding emotion and finesse. I’m honoured to be supporting her this weekend,” says Rob.
“Beautiful, existential, metaphysical and intruigingly other. Zen folk I want to call it. Charlie Dore’s ‘Time Out of Mind’“ Ricky Ross, BBC Scotland
“An amazingly astute, moving, intelligent and connected songwriter…a voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful.” Mike Harding
“A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original” Guardian ★★★★