Sing along with Charlie

By Sam Acourt in Arts

An appeal has gone out for Totnes singing volunteers to become a one-off backing choir for singer-songwriter Charlie Dore’s latest gig.

The award-winning singer, whose songs have been covered by the likes of Tina Turner, George Harrison and Celine Dion, will be putting on a show at Kingskerswell Parish Church next month.

The singer is out to put together a one-off backing choir for the show she will be staging with Steeleye Span musician Julian Litman.

A similar appeal in 2015 came up with a band of volunteer singers, including local teachers, writers and a web designer, for a gig at what the then South Devon Arts Centre in Totnes, which has since been renamed Unit 23.

This year Unit 23 in Ford Road is the venue for rehearsals for the May 20 concert, with “anyone who can hold a harmony” being invited to show up on Wednesday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm, to try out for the Dark Matters pop-up choir.

Totnes singer-songwriter Katie Whitehouse, who is organising the pop-up choir, said: “Charlie Dore is a fantastic singer-songwriter who, famously, wrote and performed the hit song Pilot of the Airwaves.

“She loves to encourage aspiring singers and invites anyone who’s ever dreamed of singing backing vocals to join her on her May 20 concert date.

“The only criteria is that you need to be able to hold a harmony and be available on Wednesday evenings between now and May 20 to attend our practice sessions.

“You also need to be available on the date of the concert.”

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