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Charlie Dore met Julian Littman when she was 16 years old. The pair were training to be actors, but music was never far from the agenda and they started playing in folk clubs and pubs whenever they could. Several decades later, it’s easy to see why Charlie calls Julian her honorary brother as the vibe onstage has a natural, sparky, off-the-cuff energy to it.
With eight albums’ worth of songs to mine, no two nights are the same and the array of instruments – guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, autoharp & ukulele is constantly swapped as they dip into last year’s Milk Roulette album, followed perhaps by a couple from 2011’s award-winning Cheapskate Lullabyes, their version of Charlie’s first ever single, Fear of Flying (covered by George Harrison) and maybe even a new take on Pilot of the Airwaves – still a Radio 2 favourite.
Charlie Dore’s own music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary folk is the nearest-accurate description – and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that actually she keeps the best songs for herself.
‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original‘ Guardian ★★★★
‘Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless’ MOJO ★★★★
‘Still stretching boundries’ – Telegraph/Featured in Telegraph’s Best Albums of 2014 ★★★★
‘Charlie Dore has made the album of her life’ – Ricky Ross. Deacon Blue/BBC Radio Scotland
VIDEO Sleep All Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hv9dN4jh_8