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Charlie Dore with Julian Littman & Gareth Huw Davies
This multi-award-winning artist returns with her new album, Milk Roulette, already collecting 4 star reviews from Mojo, TheGuardian, The Telegraph and featuring in The Telegraph’s Best Folk Albums of 2014.
The show, with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span and 5-string double-bass player Gareth Huw Davies promises a night of eclectic, contemporary folk as the trio swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, autoharp & ukulele plus a fresh take on her iconic hit ‘Pilot of the Airwaves’.
‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ‘ Guardian ★★★★
‘Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless’ MOJO ★★★★
‘Charlie Dore has made the album of her life’ - Ricky Ross.
As with all the Ale House concerts, there is no bar at this event. You are welcome to "bring your own." We will provide wine glasses.
Although best known as one of the UK's most respected singer-songwriters, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting in film, TV and radio, comedy-improvisation,writing for radio and composition for film and TV.
Her 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.
Known for her bittersweet, often subversive lyrics, she is one of a handful of UK writers to have success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to have covered her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross, Celine Dion and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way a UK No 1, a US No 4, an Italian No 6, a US No 11 for her own Pilot of the Airwaves, and hits in Germany, France and Israel. Her own albums, however favor a more eclectic, acoustic-roots side to her songwriting and she increasingly enjoys touring with this music.
She starred opposite Jonathon Pryce in the award-winning film "The Ploughman's Lunch", worked in theatre, fringe and West End, radio (with Eric Idle), and co-founded and performed at comedy-improv venue The Hurricane Club for six years, working alongside many comedy icons, including Robin Williams.
November 2014 sees the release of her 8th album, Milk Roulette,her most personal work to date, which is supported by a 16 date UK tour, accompanied by her musical collaborator since school days, Julian Littman.
Reviews for previous albums, Cheapskate Lullabyes, 11 Cuckoo Hill, and Sleep All Day:
'Knowing, worldly, delicate...oddly timeless. ' - Independent on Sunday
'Charlie Dore continues to make wise and beautiful records.' - Daily Telegraph
'...beguiling...perfectly crafted songs' - Roots Album of the Week, Independent on Saturday
'...beneath the wit and melody there's grit'. - Uncut
'File under treasure' The Observer
'...impressive, personal, beautifully crafted... a joy' - Maverick *****
Musician, composer, actor and singer-songwriter and Steeleye Span lead guitarist Julian Littman has performed with Gerry Rafferty, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Pete Townshend, Cockney Rebel, Barbara Dickson and his music has been featured in Playing for Keeps—Miramax Pictures, Lucas, Protocol, 2000 Acres of Sky (Two series.) BBC TV, You and Me (Theme tune) BBC kids.
Television includes: Doctors, The Bill, Crocodile Shoes, Juliet Bravo, The Sweeney, Baal (with David Bowie), The Lenny Henry Show, Hammer House of Horror, Rainbow, Not the Nine O’Clock News and countless plays.
Feature films include: Running Scared, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Al’s Lads, Mad AboutMambo, Evita, Dancing Thru the Dark and The American Way.
Julian has written songs for Sheena Easton, Sister Sledge, Charlie Dore, Toto Coelo and Philip Bailey.
Gareth Huw Davies:
Gareth Huw Davies is a London based double and electric bass player. He also works professionally as a recording engineer, producer, and music theatre keyboard programmer.
Typical work includes Pop, TV, sessions, West End Theatre, Jazz, Big Band, and occasionally classical crossover.
He has performed all over the world, but of course mainly finds himself in concert halls, theatres and jazz venues in the UK, from Ronnie Scotts to the Latitude Festival, and the Barbican to Canterbury Cathedral.
Session work includes: forty-something shows of ‘Noson Lawen’ (S4C primetime live music), Radios 1 2 and 3 live broadcasts most recently Evensong from St Martins in the Fields, the Bob Harris Show, Friday Night is Music Night, and the BBC Radio Wales Christmas Special, West End: Lion King, Billy Elliot, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables.
Recording engineering and production has been recently focussed on a series of discs with Will Todd, but also features numerous other musicians and projects (including running a commercial studio for four years), and designing studio systems for schools and colleagues
Programming work includes all keyboard chairs for Evita (international tour), Cabaret, Joseph, Whistle Down the Wind and Scrooge national tours for Bill Kenwright Limited, Associate on the Legally Blonde UK Tour, South Pacific, Cinderella at The Curve Theatre Leicester, Just So Stories, and the Screams of Kitty Genovese at the Edinburgh Festival.
The Ale House
The Ale House is a delightful and intimate concert venue, with warm acoustics.
Despite its name, there are no bar facilities at The Ale House and events there do not normally make alcoholic drinks available for sale. Most events, however, are bring-your-own. Wine glasses are made available.
In the 16th Century The Ale House was a place to serve ale to the parishioners of Colwall after church services. Nowadays, while having all modern facilities, it retains its ancient charm, with oak beams and leaded windows.
It is situated adjacent to St James the Great Church in Colwall. From the main B4218 going through the main part of Colwall, turn down Mill Lane, which is just north of the railway bridge. Go past Colwall Village Hall and the church is about half a mile further down the lane.
Park in the large car park next to the church and walk through the churchyard to the Ale House.
For reasons of safety parking is not allowed immediately adjacent to the building.
The Ale House is fully equipped for wheelchair access.
There is a pull-in space by the main door at the south end of the building (shown in the picture) for drop-off.