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Cancelled – ALAN FRANKS & CHARLOTTE MOORE
20th April @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm£12 (£10 Members)
Alan Franks and Charlotte Moore have been performing and recording together for nearly thirty years. With vocalist Patty Vetta, they made five albums of Alan’s songs and performed them to great acclaim at clubs and festivals throughout the country. They toured with Ralph McTell and Jake Thackray, who said of them: “This is the real boogie, I promise.”
The Wishfulness Waltz, a song on their first album, Will, was covered by Fairport Convention and became the title track of one of that band’s CDs. Fairport’s fiddler Chris Leslie also featured in the second album of Alan’s songs, Ladders of Daylight. As well as being an established actor in fringe, repertory and London theatres, Charlotte has also sung with Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, Sun Circus and the Wes McGhee Band. Her stage work includes roles in such West End hits as David Harrower’s Blackbird and Peter Morgan’s Audience, in which she understudied Dame Helen Mirren as The Queen. Alan’s music career started as a revue performer at the Edinburgh Festival. His many songs include such narrative ballads as The Banks of the Grand Union and The Frozen South Atlantic, and popular lighter numbers like Worm Tango and How Can I Be A Has-Been (When I’ve Never Been A Been)? He is also a jazz lyricist whose words have been set by saxophonist and composer Tim Whitehead. As well as being an established playwright and novelist, his poems have won many national awards, including the Wilfred Owen Centenary Prize in 2014. For thirty years he was a feature writer on The Times, interviewing world figures in public life and the arts. In music, his subjects included Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Kathryn Tickell, Yehudi Menuhin, Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, John Lee Hooker and Charles Aznavour. He was twice shortlisted for a British Press Award.