Multi-award winner Charlie Dore returns to Oxford

At the Quaker Meeting House on Sat March 19th expect a genre-defying evening of ‘intriguingly other’ eclectic, contemporary folk. Charlie and long-time collaborator Julian Littman of Steeleye Span swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, ukuleles, banjo and banter as they showcase songs from her new album, ‘Like Animals’ alongside favourites from the past seven albums.

Although this show is in Spring the pair plan to fly in the face of seasonal tradition and share 3 songs from the her Christmas EP ‘The Man Who Built Christmas’ on the basis that a good song isn’t just for Christmas. One of the UK’s most respected songwriters, Charlie has written hits for the good and the great, including Tina Turner, George Harrison and Celine Dion. Her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves remains a worldwide radio favourite.

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‘A gift for melody, lyrically brave, poignant, entertaining, original.’

The Guardian ★★★★

Charlie Dore is one of the UK’s most respected singer songwriters. In an unusually diverse career her songs have won two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination and both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards.

Her 2017 album Dark Matter won both Album of the Year and Best Lyrics from the US Indie Acoustic Project, while her 2020 album, Like Animals, released mid pandemic won her the FATEA 2020 Female Artist of the Year award.

Charlie has also worked as an actress in theatre, film, (the award-winning Ploughman’s Lunch, playing opposite Jonathan Pryce) TV, Radio with Eric Idle and co-founded London Comedy Impro venue, The Hurricane Club, performing alongside many comedy icons including Bill Bailey, Stuart Lee and Robin Williams .

While her own albums favour her more eclectic/roots leanings, she is one of a handful of UK writers to achieve success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to have recorded her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross and Jimmy Nail, notching upa UK No 1, a US No 4 and Top 10 hits in Italy, Germany and France. She has also composed for three BBC drama series and two films. Her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves still features  on Radio 2’s core playlist and remains a worldwide radio favourite.

She continues writing for and with other artists and also enjoys mentoring emerging songwriters when she’s not recording or touring with her own band.

In December 2021 she released her first ever Christmas EP The Man Who Built Christmas – which  she plans to include in her 2022 tour sets on the basis that a good song isn’t just for Christmas. Meanwhile she continues writing ‘Background Noise’, a series of essays about her life both on and off stage, which she hopes to publish next year. 

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

Mike Harding

Reviews for Like Animals:

“..this sublime album…earnest and witty, tender and cynical all at the same time.”

RnR Magazine ****

 “ Her finest work to date…”

Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK