A harmonious Wiltshire twist for Charlie Dore’s Dark Matter tour

| October 17, 2018

19th/20th October – Charlie Dore, Julian Littman with the Wiltshire Wailers

Two nights of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi-award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her latest album, Dark Matter. Charlie promises another fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano and autoharp, and there’s a Wiltshire twist to both these events as three local choirs (from Bradford On Avon, Corsham and Hullavington) run by Chris and Lisa Samuel join vocal forces as the Wiltshire Wailers to sing their own songs and also provide harmonious backing vocals for some of Charlie’s songs. The choirs were formed over 10 years ago and celebrated their anniversary in 2017 with a concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre, where around 120 singers performed together, so prepare for some wonderful sound.

They have worked with Charlie several times before. ‘Our singers love to feel part of a professional act’ says Chris ‘We normally do a twenty minute support set and then join Charlie at the end of her performance to do some backing vocals on the last few songs. Backing vocals add a new dimension to the choir’s singing experience, it’s not something they get the chance to do on a week by week basis.’ Charlie’s experience of working with choirs across the country means that she’s great to perform with. It’s almost like watching a double-act between artist and conductor.

As well as performing new songs from Dark Matter, Charlie and Julian will dip into favourites from the past 6 albums and share original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others, including George Harrison and Jimmy Nail. And there’s always a possibility of a new angle on her own song, Pilot of the Airwaves – still a national radio favourite.

“Dark Matter…an amazingly astute, moving, intelligent and connected songwriter…a voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful”. Mike Harding

“Beautiful, existential, metaphysical and intruigingly other. Zen folk I want to call it. Charlie Dore’s ‘Time Out of Mind’“ Ricky Ross, BBC Scotland

The gigs:

19th October – Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
7.30pm Tickets from poundarts.org or 01249 701628

20th October – St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford On Avon
7.30pm from bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk or 01249 701628

Two evenings of eclectic contemporary folk, as Charlie Dore shares songs from her latest album, Dark Matter. She’ll be joined by Julian Littman of Steeleye Span and they’ll also perform versions of songs that Charlie has written for other musicians, including George Harrison & Jimmy Nail, plus her own worldwide hit, Pilot of the Airwaves.

Charlie & Julian be supported by Wiltshire’s mightiest choir, the Wiltshire Wailers, who will open with a set of their own.

“…an amazingly astute, moving, intelligent and connected songwriter…a voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful ”. Mike Harding

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