Singer-songwriter’s church gig

Charlie Dore
Charlie Dore

ONE of Britain’s most respected singer-songwriters who has penned hits for some of the biggest names in pop music brings her own acoustic tunes to Wigan Parish Church.

Charlie Dore will become the latest artist to travel to the borough to play the historic town centre place of worship at the Acoustic Roots concerts on Friday November 14.

Charlie, who has had her songs covered by a host of chart-topping stars including George Harrison, Tina Turner and Celine Dion will perform in Wigan in an intimate acoustic show supporting her eighth album Milk Roulette.

Her songs, which contain elements of folk and country but also retain a strongly individual character, cover subjects as diverse as IVF, the horror of cheap downloading of music from the internet and pheromones, as well as a tune written by her mother when she was just six years old.

She will be accompanied at Wigan Parish Church by Steeleye Span lead guitarist Julian Littman, with the two musicians performing on guitar, mandolin, harmonium and ukulele as well as singing close harmonies. Gig promoter David Cartlidge said: “I actually reviewed her first-ever tour at Manchester University, so it’s quite nice to be working with her again after all this time.

“She was initially signed to Island Records in the late 1970s and she was tipped to be the best big thing, but she started writing for other people instead.

“She then came back with a stripped-down, intimate style. She’s written for an amazing number of people and I happen to think she’s one of the best singer-songwriters around. She’s very much in demand and highly regarded by other musicians.

“She writes the kind of songs which make you wonder why no-one’s written them before. They’re very warm and sometimes very funny.

“I wouldn’t call what Charlie does folk music, I would call it classic songwriting even though it does have elements of folk music in it.”

Charlie will appear at Wigan Parish Church accompanied by North West trio The Bailey Sisters, who have made a name for themselves on the regional roots music scene with their mix of traditional and self-penned songs, mostly sung a cappella.

David said: “They’re calledThe Bailey Sisters because none of them like Baileys and they’re not sisters. It’s a bit of a twisted logic but I think I get it.

“As Charlie has more of a pop sensibility I’ve put them on because they are more traditional. They are also going to join Charlie on stage to sing a few songs for what will be a one-off performance.”

Next week’s gig will mean there is just one Acoustic Roots concert left in 2014, when the Albion Christmas Band make their fourth trip to Wigan to bring the curtain down on the season with a lively, family-friendly show performed by some of folk music’s biggest names including Fairport Convention member Simon Nicol and the band’s founder Ashley Hutchings.

Charlie Dore and The Bailey Sisters will perform at Wigan Parish Church on Friday November 14. Doors are at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £14 available from David on 01942 824291 or

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