Musician celebrates 50 years with concert

Singer-songwriter Ralph McTell who is coming to Leeds to review a new play about folk singer Woody Guthrie.
Singer-songwriter Ralph McTell who is coming to Leeds to review a new play about folk singer Woody Guthrie.

Musician Ralph McTell is celebrating 50 years on the road with a visit to Alnwick as part of his 30-day UK tour next week.

The milestone year has already seen the British songwriter and storyteller sell-out his ‘Loyal Command Performance’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall, make his debut at Glastonbury and release his new album, About Time, with legendary guitarist Wizz Jones.

Ralph McTell’s illustrious career has seen him become an iconic figure and key influence on the acoustic folk scene. He is described as a prolific and gifted songwriter, known for his virtuoso guitar style and songs that invite you into a unique world, where he weaves a significant and poignant narrative.

The musician 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.

When he performs at Alnwick Playhouse on Thursday, October 6, at 7.30pm, there will be a DVD of Ralph McTell’s 70th Birthday Concert at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on sale, featuring more than two hours of footage and special guests John Williams, Tony Visconti, Graham Preskett, Danny Thompson, and more.

Tickets cost £22 premier, £21 standard from the Playhouse website at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or the box office on 01665 510785.