HIS is one of the best known names on the folk circuit.
For almost 40 years Ralph McTell has been on the road with a unique blend of music which has charmed audiences worldwide.
He is known not just for his virtuoso acoustic guitar style, but for his prolific songwriting and his ability to weave stories into his music.
He makes his first visit to the Lawrence Batley Theatre for a concert on November 15. He’s a regular visitor to the region, but this is his first visit to the theatre.
He said: “I’m used to many venues in Yorkshire but this is my first visit to this particular venue and I’m looking forward to playing in this wonderful building.
“The audiences in Yorkshire are always warm and welcoming.”
What Ralph will be bringing to Huddersfield is a brand new show of both songs and stories. It’s called As Far As I Can Tell and marks something of a departure from his customary concert format.
This new-style show offers a 90- minute musical journey, beginning with Ralph’s early years and travelling on through four decades of music-making.
Ralph will accompany himself on guitar as he chooses songs from his self-penned repertoire.
Into the mix he will introduce readings from his highly successful autobiography, which has the same title as the show.
The readings and anecdotes provide fascinating backgrounds to the songs, as well as taking an astute and wry look at growing up in post-war England.
Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames A Second and in 1974 the release of Streets Of London earned him an Ivor Novello Award.
In 1993 Nanci Griffith recorded From Clare To Here on her Grammy Award-winning album and in 2002 Ralph was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
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