The Man Who Built Christmas – Charlie Dore out Friday November 26th 2021
Cat # BICD11 Black Ink Music Ltd

A new three track EP from legendary singer songwriter Charlie Dore – her first ever Christmas release.


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The EP will be presented at three special pre Christmas concerts with Steeleye Span’s Julian Littman 
November 20th – MAC Theatre at The Blue Boar Maldon, Essex 
December 8th – The Sound Lounge Sutton 
December 22nd – The Electric Theatre Guildford
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Produced by Charlie Dore and Julian Littman. Recorded and mixed in Charlie’s room. Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.

Track 1 Published by Black Ink Music Ltd/ admin Music Rights Management Ltd
1.Santa and Edie (4:41) GBBAT2101101 
Charlie:Vox, Cuica, Shakers, Julian Littman: Guitars,Tambales, BVs, Gareth Huw Davies: Double Bass Quentin Collins: Trumpet

Tracks 2 & 3 Published by Black Ink Music Ltd admin Music Rights Management Ltd / BMG Music Ltd 
2. The Man Who Built Christmas (4:30) GBBAT2101102
Charlie: Vox, Guitar, Julian: Baritone Ukulule, BVs, Gareth Huw Davies: Cello, Double Bass, Jessie May Smart: Violins

3. When God Met Richard Dawkins  (5:32)  GBBAT2101103
Charlie: Vox, Guitar, Harmonium, Julian: Guitar, Shaker, BVs, Gareth Huw Davies: Double Bass, Jessie May Smart: Violins

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The Man Who Built Christmas – Charlie Dore presents her Christmas EP 

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

In a career of several decades Multi-award winner Charlie Dore realised she had never written a song about Christmas. There’s a first time for everything, and Charlie Dore presents her new EP – The Man Who Built Christmas, alongside her long-time collaborator Julian Littman of Steeleye Span. The pair will swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, banjo and stories as they showcase these three new originals, alongside favourites from the past nine albums. 

She says: ‘My whole catalogue was an entirely Christmas-free zone, which was fine by me. That is, except for one song, Santa and Edie, which I wrote for the Green Note’s Festive Show last year. This whet my appetite for approaching the whole Christmas in my own way. It was like making miniature movies with the listener behind the camera. I hadn’t written at all during lockdown, I was completely blocked – but this finally fired my imagination.’ 

One of the UK’s most respected songwriters, Charlie has written for the good and the great, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion and Paul Carrack, notching up along the way a UK No. 1, a US No. 4 and Top 10 hits in Germany, Italy and France, but her live shows reveal that she keeps the best songs for herself. Her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves remains a worldwide radio classic and she often includes a new   acoustic version in the set.  

The three new originals are all stories, one true, the other two imagined, one straying more wildly into fantasy than Charlie has previously ventured.

1. Santa and Edie
The story of a struggling actor whose one regular job is playing Santa each Christmas for a provincial department store. He’s been there for 40 years and all this time has secretly been in love with Edie, who works downstairs on the perfume counter, but somehow has missed his chances with her. So far, anyway…

2. The Man Who Built Christmas
The true story of my lovely father on Chritstmas Eve trying to build a 6 year old me a puppet theatre from a kit. DIY wasn’t his strength and this normally kind and gentle man became a furious bear as he fought his way through the impossible instructions and tried to stay awake. He was up all night. 

3. When God Met Richard Dawkins
A swift poke at the long running argument between science and religion. Richard Dawkins and God as little boys aged 3 meet up as they wait in line with their mothers to see Santa at Selfridges. A furious brawl ensues as they fight over one particular present and Santa is forced to intervene.  

The EP can be pre ordered via and will be available on all the usual outlets from Friday 26th November.

“…earnest and witty, tender and cynical all at the same time… profound, moving and oddly haunting.” RnR Magazine 

“Subtle songs that pack a punch… absolute gems of modern songwriting.” Mike Harding

“.. one of our most intelligent and erudite singer-songwriters.” Fatea Magazine

“ …her dark wit sculpts her lovely lyricism her gentle, unique voice is one to die for.” Folk Wales

“A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original” Guardian ★★★★