“A gift for melody, lyrically brave, poignant, entertaining, original.”
The Guardian ****

“earnest and witty, tender and cynical all at the same time
…profound, moving, oddly haunting.”
RnR Magazine

Autumn 2024
Sept 12
Torquay - Fougou Music at Livermead Cliff Hotel
Sept 13
House Gig, Kingsbridge
Sept 14
Great Torrington - Plough Arts
Sept 15
Wotter, Devon- Folk on the Moor. Email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com
Sept 18
Brighton - Folklore Rooms
Sept 20
Cambridge Folk Club
Sept 21
Up Holland, Lancs - Karona Sessions
Dec 5
Birmingham - Kitchen Garden
Dec 6
Derbyshire - High Peak, Springbank Art
Dec 7
Wigton, Cumbria - John Peel Theatre
Dec 8
Hay on Wye - The Globe at Hay
Tickets to come
Dec 9
Sevenoaks, The Stagg
Tickets to come
Dec 13
London (Trio Show) - Kings Place
Spring 2024
Apr 12
Conway Hall, London WC1R 4RL. TRIO
Mar 21
The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
Mar 16
Electric Theatre, Guildford
Mar 15
St Edith Folk, Otford Memorial Hall, Kent
Mar 14
Anvil Arts, The Forge, Basingstoke
Mar 8
Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford, W Midlands. Tkts: Reserve via Derry & Debby, tel: 01384 560462 / 07761 115469
Mar 7
Barnoldswick Music and Arts Centre
Mar 6
The Atkinson/Grateful Fred's, Southport
Feb 10
Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire
Feb 9
Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Gigs 2023
Oct 26
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Oct 10
Sub Rooms, Stroud
Oct 5
Corn Exchange, Hertford
Sept 30
Otley Courthouse
Sept 29
Cafe #9, Sheffield
Sept 28
John Peel Theatre, Wigton
Sept 27
Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
Sept 22
Plough Arts, Barnstaple
Sept 21
Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon
Sept 20
Chequers Folk Club, Bucks
Sept 11
Temperance, Lymington Spa
Sept 8
The Courtyard, Hereford
May 5
Malvern Cube
May 4
Norden Farm Arts Centre
April 29
Toft Social Club
Mar 11
Thornton Hough Village Club.
Mar 10
Ulverston, Water Yeat.
Mar 9
York, Black Swan Folk Club.
Feb 28
Live session. Another Country with Ricky Ross. BBC Radio Scotland 8pm.
Feb 26
Kinross, Backstage at The Green Hotel.
Feb 25
River Garden, Auchincruive
Feb 19
Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham.
Feb 17
Cambridge Folk Club.
Gigs 2022
Dec 3
Thornton Hough Village Club. Rescheduled to March 11th. Existing Tkts still valid
Nov 24
Wrecking Ball, Hull - Duo with Michele Stodart
Nov 17
Cubley Hall Hotel, Penistone, Sheffield. Double Bill with Chris While & Julie Matthews
Oct 14
The Electric Theatre, Guildford - Duo with Michele Stodart
Sept 22
Green Note at the Water Rats - Duo with Michele Stodart
Sept 15
The Cluny, Newcastle - Duo with Michele Stodart
Sept 10
Ashburton Arts Centre, Devon
Sept 9
The David Hall, Somerset
July 23
Ventnor Fringe Festival, Isle of Wight
June 30
Uxbridge Folk Club
June 19
Sevenoaks Summer Festival - with Eddi Reader
June 12
Wimborne Folk Festival. Charlie Dore & Julian Littman: Lunchtime Concert with Harbottle & Jonas and Kim Edgar
June 6
Nettlebed Folk Club. The Rowan Godel Tribute Concert. Tickets: 01628 636620 from 10am - 8pm
May 7
Tredegar House Festival
April 10
The Electric Theatre, Guildford
April 8
Wessex Acoustic, Blandford Forum
April 6
Acapela, Cardiff
Mar 26
Village Hall, Churchinford, Somerset
Mar 24
Sutton, The Sound Lounge
Mar 19
Oxford, Quaker Meeting House
Mar 8
Green Note - Michele Stodart & Special Guests Celebrating International Women’s Day
Feb 13
The Cube, Malvern
Feb 12
Alstonefild Village Hall, Alstonfield
Feb 11
Liverpool Philharmonic

Gigs 2021
Dec 6
Nettlebed Folk Club with Megan Henwood, Jackie Oates, Rowan Godel. Tkts: 01628 636620
Nov 20
20:00. The Blue Boar, Maldon
Sept 17
21:30. Wimborne Autumn Mini Folk Festival
Sept 4
The Gather, Ennerdale, Cumbria
Sept 3
Ropewalk, Barton on Humber
Aug 29
Anran Festival, Devon
Aug 13
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
Jul 23 - Aug 1
Ventnor Fringe Festival (performance day tba)
Jun 25
Kings Place - Full band, Album Re-Launch
Jun 18
St Edith Folk - The Duo Curio Show
May 10
Nettlebed. The Duo Curio Show Online. 7:30pm
Gigs 2019
Dec 1
Skegness, Great British Folk Festival
Nov 30
Cottingham, nr Hull - The Back Room
Nov 18
Nettlebed Folk Club with Megan Henwood, Jackie Oates, Rowan Godel
Nov 17
Forest of Dean Folk Club - Solo. Tkts: Cash on door only
Oct 19
Newbury, Ace Space
Oct 18
Manchester, English Folk Expo
Oct 8
Epping Music Club
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
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
Mar 25
Exeter - St James Hall - Solo Show
Mar 24
Liskeard, Cornwall - Sterts Arts Centre - Solo Show
Mar 14
London - Green Note. Guesting with Jane Siberry
Feb 4
Southport - Bothy Folk Club http://www.bothyfolkclub.co.uk
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 mail@charliedore.com 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.

Short biog June 2021
Charlie Dore is one of the UK's most respected singer songwriters. In an unusually diverse career 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. Her 2017 album Dark Matter won both Album of the Year and Best Lyrics from the US Indie Acoustic Project, while her most recent album, Like Animals won her 2021’s FATEA Female Artist of the Year & Best Lyrics from the US Indie Acoustic Project. Currently launching the UK Short Circuit Autumn Tour ’23 with her co-pilot Julian Littman.

While her own albums favour her more eclectic/roots leanings, she is one of a handful of UK writers to achieve success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to havecovered her songs including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way a UK No 1, a US No 4 and Top 10 hits in Italy, Germany and France. She has also composed for three BBC drama series and two films. Her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves is still featured on Radio 2’s core playlist and a worldwide radio favourite.

She has also worked as an actress in theatre, film, (the award-winning Ploughman’s Lunch, playing opposite Jonathan Pryce) TV drama, Radio with Eric Idle and co-founded London Comedy Impro venue, The Hurricane Club, performing alongside many comedy icons including Bill Bailey, Stuart Lee and Robin Williams.

Charlie continues writing for and with other artists and also enjoys mentoring emerging songwriters when she’s not recording or touring with her own band. She is currently writing ‘Background Noise’, a series of essays about her life offstage.

Reviews for Like Animals
“...this sublime album...earnest and witty, tender and cynical all at the same time.”
RnR Magazine

“Arguably her finest work to date... ”
Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK

“absolute gems of modern songwriting.”
Mike Harding

“reaffirms her place as one of our most intelligent and erudite singer-songwriters.”
Fatea Magazine

“...profound, moving and oddly haunting.”
RnR Magazine

“ ...her dark wit sculpts her lovely lyricism, her gentle, unique voice is one to die for.”
Folk Wales

“..witty, clever lyrics and wonderfully melodic voice...
...highly recommend - five stars from me.”

        “Subtle songs that pack a punch”
   Mike Harding

  “...another master-class in song-writing...  ...prescient, powerful and relevant.”
   Fatea Magazine

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.

Eight albums & two EP’s have been released since 2005 on Charlie’s own label Black Ink, all of which have seen her rediscover her own voice and return to her earlier folk-americana-roots influences.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, Best Album Lyrics for Cheapskate Lullabyes, plus both Album of the Year & Best Lyrics for 2017’s Dark Matter from the US Indy Acoustic Project, while her 2020 album, Like Animals won her the FATEA 2020 Female Artist of the Year award + Best Lyrics 20-21 US Indie Acoustic Project.

The most recent album Like Animals explores our most basic instincts and how we’re often hi-jacked by our emotional responses. Fear, anxiety and aggression figure but on the plus side, intense joy and love are in the mix too. Charlie says “However sophisticated we imagine we’ve become it seems we haven’t evolved all that much. We’re still animals, it’s just that now we wear suits and we know how to make gunpowder.”

As well as the multi instrumental Julian Littman the album also features Michele Stodart of the Magic Numbers, who duets on the co-written ‘A Hundred Miles of Nothing’, Gareth Huw Davies on 5-string double bass & cello, Jessie May Smart on violin and Quentin Collins on flugelhorn & trumpet.

December 2021 saw the release of her first ever Christmas EP The Man Who Built Christmas which she plans to include in her 2023 Short Circuit tour sets on the basis that a good song isn’t just for Christmas. Meanwhile she continues writing ‘Background Noise’, a series of essays about her life both on and off stage.

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.


Emails for Charlie to: mail@charliedore.com
Live Bookings: Katie Whitehouse: katie@fromthewhitehouse.com Tel: 07832 200980
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