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Greenlit: Song Writers Circle, BBC4

Song Writers Circle –  Great singer-songwriters are paired up for unique concerts celebrating the craft of the song, in a season celebrating the first-person songbook.

Filmed at Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road in West London, these casual concerts bring together three simpatico songwriters, give them an hour or so to rehearse in a dressing room and then sends them forth to perform four or five rounds of songs before a small live audience.

Each songwriter performs a song in turn, while the others look on or add the odd harmony or guitar part. The songwriters chat about their songs – where they came from and what they’ve come to mean to them. It’s an intimate evening with some of the world’s best singer-songwriters and some of our favourite songs.

Shows to be featured in this season will include the following “circles”:

Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright.

Justin Currie, Chris Difford and Boo Hewerdine.

Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and John Hiatt.

The series will be accompanied by a collection of hour-long archive compilations with the working title Singer-Songwriters At The BBC, showcasing some of the greatest performers from the Seventies to the present day.

Songwriters’ Circle first appeared on the BBC in the late Nineties with concerts featuring Nick Cave, Chrissie Hynde and John Cale; Neil Finn, Graham Gouldman and Roddy Frame, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, John Martyn and Paul Heaton/Dave Rotheray. These are the first new shows in more than a decade and the first for BBC Four.

Channel: BBC4

TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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