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Chris Difford + Support£15/10
Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. For this solo gig at The Exchange Chris will be talking about and playing some of his great songs from his songwriting career which includes the following.
Chris and Glenn wrote a new Squeeze album based on the life of Danny Baker, it was the soundtrack for a BBC2 production called ‘Cradle To Grave’ staring Peter Kay. All original music, it became the first Squeeze record in 15 years. ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ was a very exciting project for all concerned and it was so good to be back in the charts and on the radio again.
Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze’s music and to Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.
‘Chris To The Mill’ a box set of his 3 studio albums came out in March 2017 on Edsel Records. Available also on Amazon. His fourth studio album followed in the summer, written with Boo Hewerdine it’s called ‘Not Only But Also’ and is a collection of songs written in their spare time over the last three years.
As if that is not enough, Chris has a book released this August by Orion Books, an autobiography called ‘Some Fantastic Place’, he will tour the book in 2018 around all the good bookshops and small theatres of England.
SUPPORT: BETH ROWLEY
The saying “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” is tailor-made for Beth Rowley.
Ten years ago the singer-songwriter’s debut ‘Little Dreamer’ went top 10, garnered a Brit nomination and sales in excess of 100,000. A huge achievement by anyone’s standards but a tainted one for Rowley – she felt compromised both musically and stylistically, modeled in the labels image as a mainstream contender.
This bitter-sweet experience played a significant part in why it’s taken a decade for this talented musician to deliver her second long player. Now, with taster track ‘Forest Fire’ – co-written with Ron Sexsmith – putting her back on the radar and picking up daytime play at 6music, Beth Rowley is ready to step back into the spotlight.
“Ten years is a long time,” she acknowledges, but the resultant album ‘Gota Fría’ is a total vindication, a rawer, heavier, gutsier and more truthful mirror of her sublime talent.