“Dark Matter... an amazingly astute, moving and intelligent songwriter... a voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful”. Mike Harding

“Beautiful, existential, metaphysical and intruigingly other. Zen folk I want to call it... Charlie Dore’s ‘Time Out of Mind’.” Ricky Ross, BBC Scotland

"A gift for melody …brave, poignant …entertaining and original" The Guardian ★★★★

"Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless" MOJO ★★★★

"Still stretching boundaries" Telegraph ★★★★

Although best known as a respected songwriter for others, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV as well as performing live with her band. After drama school, regional rep and a stint in childrens' television Charlie formed a bluegrass band playing Monday nights in a west London pancake house.

The band, with school friend Julian Littman graduated to the pub circuit from where she was signed by Island Records in 1978. She made her first album in Nashville and London and released a single, Pilot of the Airwaves, which became a hit in the US.

Since then she has made eight albums, one per decade for the 80's ('Listen' for Chrysalis) and 90's (Things Change, Black Ink), during which time she also returned to acting and started writing for other artists. She became one of a handful of UK songwriters to have success across diverse genres with songs covered by George Harrison, Tina Turner, Lisa Stansfied, Ricky Ross, Sheena Easton (US No 4), Celine Dion, Black, UB40, Status Quo, Paul Carrack and a UK No 1, 'Ain't No Doubt' for Jimmy Nail. In 1996 she had a surprise European Club hit with an Italian remix of 'Time Goes By' from the Things Change album, which reached No 6 in Italy.

She starred opposite Jonathan Pryce in the award-winning film 'The Ploughman's Lunch', worked in theatre, appeared in two shows with the iconic People Show company, television and radio with Eric Idle and co-founded and performed at London comedy-impro venue The Hurricane Club for seven years, working alongside many comedy icons including Bill Bailey, Harry Hill and Robin Williams.

Five of Charlie's albums have been released since 2005 on her own label Black Ink, which have seen her rediscover her own voice and return to her earlier folk-roots influences. She considers herself a fairly late starter in terms of resuming her own recordings and so intends to keep touring until she drops. Her songs have won two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and in 2012 Best Album Lyrics from the Indy Acoustic Project for her album Cheapskate Lullabyes.

Charlie’s current album, Dark Matter, her 9th has won both Album of the Year and Best Lyrics from the US Indie Acoustic Project. It is described as “Metaphysical themes versus small dramas with humans routinely baffled by their own inner space. Zen Folk for the curious”. Another home-grown project, the album was recorded and mixed in Charlie’s room with co-producer-writer-schoolfriend Julian Littman, who plays guitars, Dobro, mandolin, banjo, lap steel, piano and percussion (house keys make a return appearance) while Charlie plays guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonium.

The album features Gareth Huw Davies on 5-string Double Bass & Cello, Ben Castle on clarinet, Jessie May Smart on violin and Tom Rees-Roberts on trumpet. Charlie will be touring throughout 2019.

Charlie sits down with Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of her most recent album, Dark Matter. She also talks in detail about her classic hit ‘Pilot of the Airwaves’, working on TV’s Rainbow, co-writing songs like ‘Ain’t No Doubt’ (Jimmy Nail), ‘Rain, Tax (It’s Inevitable)’ (Céline Dion), and ‘Strut’ (Sheena Easton), and her time spent in the company of friends and colleagues like Eric Idle, George Harrison and Harry Nilsson.


Gigs 2020
Feb 14
Wessex Accoustic - Duo w Julian Littman
April 18
Oxford Folk Weekend - Solo
Jun 12
Cambridge Folk Club- Duo w JL
Tkts: to come
Jun 14
Wimbourne Minster Folk Festival - Duo w JL
Jun 18
Kings Place Album Launch - full band + guests
Jun 19
Blue Boar, Malden - Duo w JL
Jun 20
Anteros, Norwich - Duo w JL
Tkts: to come
Jun 21
Beardy Folk Festival, Shropshire - Trio
Jun 25
Holywell Music Room - Duo w JL
Tkts: to come
Jun 26
Silver St Sessions, Cotleigh Brewery - Duo w JL
Tkts: to come
Jun 27
Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot - Duo
Tkts: to come
Jun 28
Plough Arts at The George Hotel - Duo w JL
Tkts: to come
Jul 3
Malvern Cube - Duo w JL
Tkts: to come
Jul 4
Liverpool Philharmonic - full band
Tkts: to come
August dates & onwards will be announced shortly
Gigs 2019
Oct 8
Epping Music Club
Oct 18
Manchester, English Folk Expo
Oct 19
Newbury, Ace Space
Nov 17
Forest of Dean Folk Club - Solo. Tkts: Cash on door only
Nov 18
Nettlebed Folk Club with Megan Henwood, Jackie Oates,
Rowan Godel
Nov 30
Cottingham, nr Hull - The Back Room
Dec 1
Skegness, Great British Folk Festival

Sept 22
West Kirby Arts Centre
Sept 21
Folk by the Green - Rescheduled to June 2020
Aug 25
Shrewsbury Festival - TRIO
July 26
Ventnor Fringe Festival - TRIO
July 5
Sevenoaks Festival : Martin Salisbury Memorial Concert
June 23
Electric Theatre with Guildford Vox
June 21
Ropetackle Arts
June 19
Doncaster, Cast Theatre - with Jon Strong Band
June 8
Alstonefield, Notts - Alstonefield Village Hall
June 6
Milton Keynes - Stables 2
May 28
Mrs Yarrington’s, Whatlington Village Hall
May 18
Oxford - Holywell Music & Folk @ Quaker Meeting House
Mar 23
St Mary’s Church Bottesford. With Gareth Huw Davies
Mar 18
Barnoldswick. With Gareth Huw Davies
Mar 17
Durham, Old Cinema Launderette. With Gareth Huw Davies
Mar 14
Olympic Sessions. With Julian Littman
Mar 7
London JW3 - ‘I’m Every Woman’ Concert for International Womens’ Day
Feb 24
Twick Folk, Twickenham, London. With Julian Littman
Jan 30
London, Green Note. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 26
Hull, Kardomah94. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 25
Otley Courthouse. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 24
Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 18
Kemsing, Sevenoaks, St Edith Folk. With Julian Littman
Gigs 2018
Dec 20
London JW3 - Guesting with Jane Siberry
Nov 26
BBC Surrey - Community Heroes Awards
Nov 14
Formby - Gild Hall Folk & Country
Oct 20
Bradford on Avon - St Margarets Hall
Oct 19
Corsham - Pound Arts Centre
Sept 22
Looe Music Festival, Cornwall
Sept 15
Keswick, Private Concert - Some tkts may still be available. for details
Sept 14
Wigan Roots
Sept 13
Cricklade, The Old Stables
Sept 9
Sussex Ukulele Festival
Sept 7
Glasgow, Glad Cafe
Sept 6
Kinross, Backstage
Sept 1-2
Settle Folk Gathering
Aug 9
Ventnor Fringe Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01983 716767
Aug 4
Heart of Hawick Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01450 360688
Aug 3
Bolton, Private Concert. To ask details about this, or putting on your own, see Private Concerts at the bottom of the gig list.
June 25
Nettlebed Folk Club
June 22
Ipswich - The Avenue Theatre
May 26
Littleborough - St Nicholas’ Church.
May 20
Maldon - Blue Boar.
May 19
Norwich - Anteros
May 13
Tredegar House Festival
May 5
Horwich Music Festival.
April 28
Kirkby Stephen - Acoustic Tearoom
April 27
Scarborough - Market Hall
April 26
Rothbury - Roots. Book Tickets Tel: 01669 620470
April 22
Barnstaple - Plough Arts at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre
April 20
Dartmouth - Flavel Arts Centre
April 17
Guildford Electric Theatre
April 14
Shrewsbury - In Good Hands Cafe. Solo + Guest app from Jane Siberry
March 25
Exeter - St James Hall - Solo Show
March 24
Liskeard, Cornwall - Sterts Arts Centre - Solo Show
March 14
London - Green Note. Guesting with Jane Siberry
Feb 4
Southport - Bothy Folk Club
Jan 28
London Green Note - Songwriters In The Round with Jack Henderson
Jan 21
Cardiff, Acapela Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9Q
Jan 20
The Old Refreshment Rooms, Wrington.
Gigs 2017
Oct 21
The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London
Oct 20
Pizza Express Live, Maidstone
Oct 7
Castle Cary- Caryford Hall
Sept 23
Wingfield Barns, Suffolk
Sept 22
Old Refreshment Rooms, Wrington
Sept 16
Canterbury - Folk in the Barn
Sept 14
The Old Stables, Cricklade
Sept 8
Village Pump, Trowbridge
Sept 3
Newport - Peoples’ Folk Day
Sept 2
Burton Hotel, Kington, Herefordshire
Sept 1
Acoustic Club, Wessex
Aug 19
Burley Summer Festival
Aug 16/17
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Aug 12
Ventnor Fringe, IOW
June 24
Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic
June 23
Playhouse, Oldham
June 21
Folk Club, Epping
June 16
Folk House, Bristol
June 10
Village Hall, Alstonefield
June 5
Heart of Hawick, Hawick
June 3
Folk club, Milngavie
June 2
Backstage, Kinross
June 1
House Concert, Edinburgh
May 31
Clark’s on Lindsay Street, Dundee
May 20
Kingkerswell Parish Church
May 19
Silver St Sessions, Wiveliscombe
May 13
The Stables, Milton Keynes
May 11
St Pancras Old Church, London
May 6
The Alehouse, Colwall
May 5
St John’s Church, Farncombe
May 4
The Unicorn, Abingdon


Some concerts are just that - private. But others will make a few extra tickets available in addition to the invited guests, depending on the occasion, size & location of the venue. Each one is different. Just email and we’ll let you know.

If you’d like to find out a little more about putting on your own private concert either in your own home or in a local hall where you might club together with music-loving friends to share the event, drop us an email and we’ll send you an info sheet that’ll give you a better idea of what it entails and how to make it happen.

Jane Siberry and Charlie Dore discuss songwriting, curtseying, boys, funerals and a whole lot of other unconnected stuff at The Green Note 14/3/18. This was part of Jane's New Songs series residency when each week she invited a guest songwriter to share a song in progress.

Emails for Charlie to:
Live Bookings: Katie Whitehouse: Tel: 07832 200980
Enquiries: Lee Noble: Tel: 07917 195129
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