"I’m very pleased to be returning to Oxford courtesy of our friends at Holywell Music & Folk. It’s been nearly six years since we last played this beautiful city and a lot of music, both live and recorded has flowed under the bridge since then, including eleven tours and two albums, Milk Roulette and the current collection, Dark Matter. I’ll be flying with my co-pilot and honorary brother Julian Littman and now there are even more songs to choose from we have to carry even more instruments - at the last count it was 9 between us - in case we fancy trying a new song or different arrangement of an old favourite. We like to keep it fresh.
Geoff Smith is a loyal supporter and we’re particularly looking forward to playing our return gig for him in the wonderfully warm atmosphere of the Quaker Meeting House, which has wall-to-wall wood panelling - an acoustic gift for any musician". Charlie Dore
A night of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi-award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with long-time co-pilot Julian Littman of Steeleye Span and Gareth Huw Davies on double bass to share her latest album, Dark Matter. Charlie promises another fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano and autoharp.
Dark Matter has won two awards to date, both Album of the Year and Best Lyrics from the USA Indie Acoustic Project 2018 (the only UK album to be recognised that year) although previous UK winners have included Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby and Albert Lee.
As well as introducing some new and different flavours to shine a very personal light on her mysterious subject 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 Celine Dion, George Harrison, Sheena Easton, Paul Carrack, UB40, Jimmy Nail, Tina Turner and Status Quo. And there’s always a possibility of a new angle on her own song, Pilot of the Airwaves - still a national radio favourite.
Charlie has lead a various and varied life having starred opposite Jonathan Pryce in the award-winning film 'The Ploughman's Lunch', worked in theatre, appeared with the iconic People Show, television ( 2 series of Rainbow!) and radio with Eric Idle and co-founded and performed at Soho comedy-impro venue The Hurricane Club for seven years, working alongside many comedy icons including Bill Bailey, Harry Hill and Robin Williams.
In 1978 Chris Blackwell signed Charlie to his iconic Island Records label as the British Emmy-Lou Harris - a brave signing at the height of the Punk movement, but one that produced the worldwide hit Pilot of The Airwaves. However, as she says herself, there’s been a lot of music under the bridge since then, so we are rather pleased to be welcoming Charlie and Julian to the Quaker Meeting House in May. Come along if you have never seen her before, an outstanding musician, songwriter and performer. Charlie and Julian last played Oxford in 2013 at St Michael's church, so it's about time to get them back.
Charlie Reston will be supporting Charlie on the night.