“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 seven 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 9th album, Dark Matter, described as “Metaphysical themes versus small dramas with humans routinely baffled by their own inner space. Zen Folk for the curious” is released 5/5/17. 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 2017-18.

Gigs 2018
Jan 20th
The Old Refreshment Rooms, Wrington.
Jan 21st
Cardiff, Acapela Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9Q
Jan 28th
London Green Note - Songwriters In The Round with Jack Henderson & Special Guest
Feb 4th
Southport - Bothy Folk Club http://www.bothyfolkclub.co.uk
Info email: bothy@lesliebrown.plus.com
March 14th
London - Green Note. Guesting with Jane Siberry
March 24th
Liskeard, Cornwall - Sterts Arts Centre - Solo Show
March 25th
Exeter - St James Hall - Solo Show
April 14th
Shrewsbury - In Good Hands Cafe. Solo + Guest app from Jane Siberry
April 17th
Guildford Electric Theatre
April 20th
Dartmouth - Flavel Arts Centre
April 22nd
Barnstaple - Plough Arts at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre
April 26th
Rothbury - Roots. Book Tickets Tel: 01669 620470
April 27th
Scarborough - Market Hall
April 28th
Kirkby Stephen - Acoustic Tearoom
May 5th
Horwich Music Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01204 668157
May 13th
Tredegar House Festival
May 19th
Norwich - Anteros
May 20th
Maldon - Blue Boar. Book Tickets Tel: 01621 856503
May 26th
Littleborough - St Nicholas’ Church. Book Tickets Tel: 07957 433215 or Email: roz@segelocum.co.uk
June 22nd
Ipswich - The Avenue Theatre
June 25th
Nettlebed Folk Club
Aug 4th
Heart of Hawick Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01450 360688
Aug 9th
Ventnor Fringe Festival. Book Tickets Tel: 01983 716767
Sept 1st-2nd
Settle Folk Gathering
Sept 6th
Kinross, Backstage
Sept 7th
Glasgow, Glad Cafe
Ticket info soon
Sept 9th
Sussex Ukulele Festival
Ticket info soon
Sept 13th
Cricklaid, The Old Stables
Ticket info soon
Sept 14th
Wigan Roots
Ticket info soon
Sept 15th
Keswick - Info via mail@charliedore.com
Ticket info soon
Sept 22nd
Looe Music Festival, Cornwall
Oct 19th
Corsham - Pound Arts Centre
Ticket info soon
Oct 20th
Bradford on Avon - St Margarets Hall
Ticket info soon
Nov 14th
Formby - Gild Hall Folk & Country
Ticket info soon

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 16th/17th
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
Nov 24th
Salisbury Arts Centre & Salisbury Community Choir
Nov 6th
Blue Boar, Maldon, Essex
Oct 29th
Up Close & Personal, Havant, Hants. Solo
Oct 23rd
Green Note, London - Songwriters Night with Lotte Mullan & Jinder 
Sept 24th
Acoustic Tea Rooms, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Sept 22nd
Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Sept 23rd
Hellifield Village Hall, Shipton, near Settle
July 28th
Rothbury Roots, Northumberland.
July 27th
The Musician, Leicester.
July 23rd
Village Pump Festival, Westbury, Wiltshire
July 1st
Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
June 30th
Hen & Chickens, Bristol. Tickets:  07766 741417
June 24th
Wokingham Summer Festival, All Saints Church, Wokingham RG40 1UE. Solo show
June 18th
Calstock Arts, Cornwall. Tel: 01726 879500
June 17th
Exeter, Hope Hall
June 11th
Birmingham. Private concert
June 10th
Acoustic Roots, Wigan Parish Church
June 4th
The Hat Club, Tring. Cow Lane, Tring HP23 5NS.
Mar 19th
Kingkerswill Parish Church, Newton Abbott, Devon
Mar 12th
Dimbola Lodge Museum, Freshwater, I O W.
Feb 11th
The Unicorn, Abingdon, Oxon. Solo Show
Feb 6th
Bristol Folk House, 40A Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG
Feb 5th
Village Pump Folk Club, The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Feb 4th
Cuffern Manor, Roch, Haverford West, Pembrokeshire
Jan 27th
The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS

Emails for Charlie to: mail@charliedore.com
Live Bookings: Lee Noble: lee@RLNmusic.com Tel: 07917 195129
Enquiries: Katie Whitehouse: katie@fromthewhitehouse.com Tel: 07832 200980
Website designed by Tom Climpson. Main Photos: Di Holmes