“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 2019
Mar 23rd
St Mary’s Church Bottesford. With Gareth Huw Davies
May 18th
Oxford - Holywell Music & Folk @ Quaker Meeting House
May 28th
Mrs Yarrington’s, Whatlington Village Hall
Jun 6th
Milton Keynes - Stables 2
Jun 8th
Alstonefield, Notts - Alstonefield Village Hall
Jun 19th
Doncaster, Cast Theatre - with Jon Strong Band
Jun 21st
Ropetackle Arts
Jun 23rd
Electric Theatre with Guildford Vox
Jul 26th
Ventnor Fringe Festival - TRIO
Info Coming
Aug 25th
Shrewsbury Festival - TRIO

Mar 18th
Barnoldswick. With Gareth Huw Davies
Mar 17th
Durham, Old Cinema Launderette. With Gareth Huw Davies
Mar 14th
Olympic Sessions. With Julian Littman
Mar 7th
London JW3 - ‘I’m Every Woman’ Concert for International Womens’ Day
Feb 24th
Twick Folk, Twickenham, London. With Julian Littman
Jan 30th
London, Green Note. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 26th
Hull, Kardomah94. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 25th
Otley Courthouse. With Gareth Huw Davies
Jan 24th
Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe. With Gareth Huw Davies
Dec 20th
London JW3 - Guesting with Jane Siberry
Jan 18th
Kemsing, Sevenoaks, St Edith Folk. With Julian Littman
Nov 26th
BBC Surrey - Community Heroes Awards
Nov 14th
Formby - Gild Hall Folk & Country
Oct 20th
Bradford on Avon - St Margarets Hall
Oct 19th
Corsham - Pound Arts Centre
Sept 22nd
Looe Music Festival, Cornwall
Sept 15th
Keswick, Private Concert - Some tkts may still be available. for details
Sept 14th
Wigan Roots
Sept 13th
Cricklade, The Old Stables
Sept 9th
Sussex Ukulele Festival
Sept 7th
Glasgow, Glad Cafe
Sept 6th
Kinross, Backstage
Sept 1st-2nd
Settle Folk Gathering
Aug 9th
Ventnor Fringe Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01983 716767
Aug 4th
Heart of Hawick Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01450 360688
Aug 3rd
Bolton, Private Concert. To ask details about this, or putting on your own, see Private Concerts at the bottom of the gig list.
June 25th
Nettlebed Folk Club
June 22nd
Ipswich - The Avenue Theatre
May 26th
Littleborough - St Nicholas’ Church.
May 20th
Maldon - Blue Boar.
May 19th
Norwich - Anteros
May 13th
Tredegar House Festival
May 5th
Horwich Music Festival.
April 28th
Kirkby Stephen - Acoustic Tearoom
April 27th
Scarborough - Market Hall
April 26th
Rothbury - Roots. Book Tickets Tel: 01669 620470
April 22nd
Barnstaple - Plough Arts at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre
April 20th
Dartmouth - Flavel Arts Centre
April 17th
Guildford Electric Theatre
April 14th
Shrewsbury - In Good Hands Cafe. Solo + Guest app from Jane Siberry
March 25th
Exeter - St James Hall - Solo Show
March 24th
Liskeard, Cornwall - Sterts Arts Centre - Solo Show
March 14th
London - Green Note. Guesting with Jane Siberry
Feb 4th
Southport - Bothy Folk Club
Jan 28th
London Green Note - Songwriters In The Round with Jack Henderson
Jan 21st
Cardiff, Acapela Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9Q
Jan 20th
The Old Refreshment Rooms, Wrington.
Gigs 2017
Oct 21st
The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London
Oct 20th
Pizza Express Live, Maidstone
Oct 7th
Castle Cary- Caryford Hall
Sept 23rd
Wingfield Barns, Suffolk
Sept 22nd
Old Refreshment Rooms, Wrington
Sept 16th
Canterbury - Folk in the Barn
Sept 14th
The Old Stables, Cricklade
Sept 8th
Village Pump, Trowbridge
Sept 3rd
Newport - Peoples’ Folk Day
Sept 2nd
Burton Hotel, Kington, Herefordshire
Sept 1st
Acoustic Club, Wessex
Aug 19th
Burley Summer Festival
Aug 16/17
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Aug 12th
Ventnor Fringe, IOW
June 24th
Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic
June 23rd
Playhouse, Oldham
June 21st
Folk Club, Epping
June 16th
Folk House, Bristol
June 10th
Village Hall, Alstonefield
June 5th
Heart of Hawick, Hawick
June 3rd
Folk club, Milngavie
June 2nd
Backstage, Kinross
June 1st
House Concert, Edinburgh
May 31st
Clark’s on Lindsay Street, Dundee
May 20th
Kingkerswell Parish Church
May 19th
Silver St Sessions, Wiveliscombe
May 13th
The Stables, Milton Keynes
May 11th
St Pancras Old Church, London
May 6th
The Alehouse, Colwall
May 5th
St John’s Church, Farncombe
May 4th
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: Lee Noble: Tel: 07917 195129
Enquiries: Katie Whitehouse: Tel: 07832 200980
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