Widely considered to be one of the best songwriters in the business, Boo Hewerdine has written songs for kd lang, Mel C, Marti Pellow and perhaps most famously Eddi Reader from Fairground Attraction. He is playing The Croft Hall Hungerford as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival on Wednesday 3 July at 8pm. Tickets £10 : book here (with additional pre-show supper option £9).
Boo Hewerdine’s forthcoming album, set for release in September, does not contain a single guitar. The Ivor Novello award-nominated singer-songwriter has been collecting unusual instruments ranging from a Dulcitone to an Indian harmonium and a Vibraphone, and combined them with an old piano to create a sound that his record company considers to be the best thing he’s done in years.
However, Hewerdine’s gig at the Croft Hall, Hungerford, as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival, will see him perform solo with his guitar.
“I was going to struggle to get the harmonium on the train,” he jokes. “So it’s just me and my guitar on my own which is my favourite type of gig. The Hungerford audience can expect lots of chat and stories.
“I’ve got a new album out in September so there will be some songs from that and favourites from the past 30 years, but I can’t tell you what I’ll play as I like to react to the space and the people and let that influence what songs I play. Sometimes you look down at the set list and think that the next song isn’t quite right for the atmosphere so it’s good to respond to the room. While it can add a little bit of extra pressure, it feels really good when you pull it off.”
When Hewerdine arrives in Hungerford, it will be part of his fifth consecutive tour of 2019. His busy schedule has seen him in this week alone in Cornwall, Scotland, Yorkshire and London, combining a tour with Darden Smith with teaching the art of song-writing through his unique workshops.
The pair’s album Evidence was released 30 years ago and they’ve marked the occasion with an anniversary tour.
He said: “We didn’t know if anyone would remember this old album from 30 years ago, but we put on a couple of gigs and they kept selling out. It’s been mindblowing.”
Boo Hewerdine plays The Croft Hall Hungerford as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival on Wednesday 3 July at 8pm.
Tickets £10 and additional pre-show supper option £9: book your tickets here