Legendary songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Ralph McTell plays the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton on Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm, as part of his 32-date UK Autumn tour.
One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell is celebrating more than 50 years on the road and this this quintessentially English troubadour still loves touring. In 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award and his tale of Irish emigration ‘From Clare to Here’ has become a much-covered anthem in its own right. In 2002 Ralph was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Known and much admired by musicians and aficionados for his dexterous guitar playing, aspiring young guns of the acoustic guitar find inspiration in Ralph’s highly proficient and entertaining ragtime and blues instrumental pieces, delivered with style and panache. His love for the blues is ably showcased on the ’Blue Skies, Black Heroes’ and ‘Stealin’ Back’ albums which demonstrate that intuitive and inventive guitar playing. An equally gifted and prolific songwriter of course, Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with evocative storytelling – including of course ‘Streets of London’ which is as socially relevant today as when he first wrote it.
Shaped artistically by the poetry of Bob Dylan, the spirit of Woody Guthrie and the music of the Mississippi Delta, Ralph developed a style that has continued to defy easy categorisation, his trademark being delicate melodies and compelling stories that are by turns uplifting, encouraging, thought-provoking, challenging, and socially relevant. ‘Sofa Noodling’ – a recent self-effacingly titled album of guitar instrumentals, endorsed Ralph as one of the UK’s finest and most respected acoustic players around, whilst ‘Somewhere Down The Road’, his most recent collection of self-penned songs, is a reminder of why he is still one of the best loved and most respected singer-songwriters performing and writing today.
Opening for Ralph will be swiftly-rising guitarist-singer-songwriters of the roots scene Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer, fast becoming popular fixtures on the UK festival circuit.
Tickets: £23.50. To book or for more information call the Box Office on 01485 532252 or visit www.princesshunstanton.co.uk.