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Charlie Landsborough

CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH - UNDER BLUE SKIES Cat No: ROSCD2083

www.charlie-landsborough.co.uk

www.myspace.com/charlielandsborough

Brand new album from Charlie Landsborough, his first since since 2006's 'Heart & Soul' and 15 years since his debut, it is one of his strongest offerings to date. Comes with a free bonus 10 track 'Live Highlights' CD and features the download only lead single 'Long Way Down'.

TRACK LISTING:
UNDER BLUE SKIES

1) Speak To Me Darling
2) Your Love Is Beautiful
3) Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
4) Here, There And Everywhere
5) Long Way Down
6) Fog On The River
7) Bullet In Your Gun
8) I Can't Make You Love Me
9) Early Morning Rain
10) Some Mothers Son
11) Broken
12) Long Way To Go
13) Moon River
14) Good For My Heart
15) Growing Old
16) Cotton Jenny
17) You Don't Know Me

LIVE HIGHLIGHTS – FREE 10 TRACK LIVE BONUS CD

1) When You're Not A Dream
2) Little Bit Of Heaven
3) Down To Earth
4) Counterfeit Man
5) Who Can Blame Him
6) No Time At All
7) You're Still Around
8) Isle Of Innisfree
9) Beatles Medley: (I Feel Fine, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Let It Be)
10) I Will Love You All My Life


Biography

Singer songwriter Charlie Landsborough has eventually achieved recognition after struggling for nearly three decades. He worked as a teacher, amongst other things as he continued to write and perform on a semi-pro basis but by 1984 began to feel that his ambitions might not materialise.

Charlie Landsborough is associated as a songwriter/performer with Digimix Records director Roderick Jones who has for the last twenty one years since 1987 represented Charlie through Scamp Music Publishing.

However, one song in particular was to transform his life. Charlie wrote What Colour is the Wind which tells the story of a young blind child's attempts to envision the world. As a result of Gerry Anderson playing the track on radio in Northern Ireland, the song came to the notice of chat show host Pat Kenny in Dublin, who invited Charlie to perform on his immensely popular Kenny Show Live (RTE January 1995). The programme received its biggest ever response following Charlie's appearance, and a week later Charlie's album, also called What Colour is the Wind was suddenly at number one in the Irish album charts, removing Garth Brooks from the top spot and fighting off fierce competition from both Celine Dion and The Chieftans. This was a dream come true for Charlie and since then he has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the all-time biggest selling artists in Irish music history.

Following the album's success in Ireland, Charlie appeared on several TV shows in the UK. In particular, his performance on GMTV and the now, much missed, BBC Pebble Mill Live prompted record numbers of enquiries to the shows.

Since then, Charlie has released a further ten albums and has now sold in excess of 700,000 units. This has given him a further two number ones in the Irish Pop Charts and most of his albums have topped the British country charts.

One of Charlie's most successful albums Still Can't Say Goodbye was recorded in Nashville in 1999 with Producer Jim Rooney who has also worked on albums for Nanci Griffith and Iris de Ment. The record went to number 38 in the British pop charts and resulted in Charlie winning the BMCA Best Male Vocalist (2000) for the third year in succession, and the Southern Country Award for best album. The recording of this album was followed by Granada TV for their documentary The Road to Nashville (October 1999). Other highlights of Charlie's Nashville trip were three appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Since 1985 Charlie has toured the UK and Eire twice a year building up a large following for his live work. He has performed at most major concert halls and theatres including London Palladium, Labatts Apollo, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Belfast Opera House, Belfast Waterfront and Dublin's National Concert Hall.

The arrival of the new millennium heralded a busy year for Charlie. He made his first trip to Australia on a promotional tour. In addition to his UK and Irish tours, Charlie was invited to perform at the prestigious Albert Dock Festival in Liverpool where the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied him and his band. He played to a sell-out crowd of over 4,000 and this must rank as on of the highlights of Charlie's career.

2001 saw a big move for Charlie as he changed both management and record label. The first release from Telstar Records was Once in a While, an album of covers from some of Charlie's favourite writers.

In September 2001 Charlie and his band played their first concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. The tour exceeded everyone's expectations and was very well received and as a result plans are being made for a more extensive tour in the future.

2002 saw the release of Charlie's album Movin' On, a collection of sixteen self-penned compositions. This was Charlie's first album of his original songs since Further Down the Road. Movin' On flew to the top of the mid-price album charts within two weeks of release, amid glowing reviews from the musical press.

Following the release of the album in July, Charlie appeared extensively on TV and radio throughout the British Isles, including the notable appearance at the closing of the Special Olympics in Dublin, where he sang his song Special to thousands of athletes from all over Europe.

The year ended with a highly successful 40 night tour of the British Isles. The response to this has been so strong that the majority of the dates have already been re-booked for 2003.

In view of the success of 2002, 2003,2004,2005 coupled with the interest generated,worldwide many new doors are being opened, promising an exciting years ahead for Charlie.

Charlie's songwriting blends easy on the ear, folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content, mixed with his wit and repartee, this has led to a winning formula which has made an impact on so many professionals and fans alike. His successful songs have led to his work being covered by several artists including Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Foster and Allen, George Hamilton IV, Daniel O'Donnell, Jim Ed Huston, Dominic Kirwan, Mike Hales, Mary Duff, The Braniffs, Declan Nerney, Barn Breck, Dana, David Black, Ricky Valence, etc.,

Charlie Landsborough , who now records for Rosette Records is truly an outstanding international singer/songwriter/performing/recording artiste having achieved the recognition he so richly deserves after struggling for nearly three decades. His appearances at the world famous Grand Ole Oprey (America), the London Palladium, Labbatts Apollo, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Belfast Opera House, Belfast Waterfront, National Concert Hall, Dublin to name but a few prestigious venues along with his UK, European, Australian and American tours are a testament to his fantastic talents.

Charlie says, that one of the highlights of his career, even after all that he has achieved was when he was invited to perform at the prestigious Albert Dock Festival in Liverpool where the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied his band.

2006 saw much continued succes for Charlie where his song My Heart Would Know on the released album of the same name winning the UK Country Awards - Song of the Year. Again his tour of Australia was a complete sell out, with another Australian tour scheduled for 2007.

2007 is going to be again a massive year for Charlie Landsborough. A new album is planned and recording starts in Spain in February. His usual spring and autmun tour dates have been now been finalised and confirmed.

MP3 Samples

How do you do those things mp3

The greenhills are rolling still mp3

Lovers chain mp3

The closest thing to my heart mp3

One more time mp3

Going my own sweet way mp3

Song of the ocean mp3

All over but the crying mp3

Long & heavy chain mp3

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charlie Landsborough - Under blue skies

 

 

Autobiography

I was born on the 26th October 1941 the youngest of eleven children. To escape the bombing my mother was taken to Wrexham, returning to merseyside after I was born. My mam's name was Aggie and I was christened Charles Alexander after my dad. My beloved brothers and sisters are Harry, Derek, Arthur, Jack, Dot, Sylvia, Doreen and Joyce.

I was reared in the dockland area of Birkenhead and the view from our front window was a mixture of docks, dumps, railway lines, oil factories and the coal wharf. It sounds grim but my childhood was far from that. Surrounded by a loving family, animals and of course music my early years were extremely happy. My brothers were all sailors and apart from the guitars and all the music, they brought home gifts from all around the world. I remember sitting enchanted by the scent of the wood in a guitar brought from Spain, my imagination afire at the sight of a small canoe carved by natives of West Africa, pistols with real revolving chambers from the US and getting my first pair of dungarees from Canada. Small wonder I so eagerly awaited the return of each brother from another trip.



                                              
Picture above from left to right -  (Charlie's brothers).                        Picture above is Jack, another of Charlie's brothers.
Arthur, Derek and Harry
Our house was always full of animals and apart from dogs and cats we also kept chickens in the back and at one time a duck. There was also birds - budgies, canaries and finches and a very special gift of a monkey smuggled in by my brother Harry. This little delight with the unimaginative name of Jacko made me very popular with schoolfriends. These things apart, my brother Jack, a sort of scouse St. Francis, was always bringing home assorted four-legged waifs and strays. That house is now earmarked for demolition and I climbed in recently to have a last look round for old time sake. In my mind it had seemed so much bigger. In reality it was very small and I was amazed to think how it could have been a home to so many people and animals.

I was always surrounded by music and my dad told me I used to sing myself to sleep when I was about three. He was a ballad singer billed locally as the Silver Voiced Tenor and one of my earliest recollections is of sitting on his knee at a 'do' and duetting with him on You Take The Tables And I'll Take The Chairs. My mother's favourites were Gracie Fields and Hank Williams - now there's a combination. My brothers of course were returning from their voyages with the first guitars I'd ever seen and wonderful country music from such artists as Hank Williams, Jimmy Rodgers, Ferlin Husky and Montana Slim. They'd often arrive home with a group of friends and a crate of beer and I'd sit enthralled as they laughed and sang the hours away.

At Primary School I had blonde shoulder length hair (yes long hair even then) for a while my dreams fluctuated between being a great footballer or a great artist (see picture!). The long hair had been cropped at the time of this picture - I think the result of a basin-cut (so called because you put a basin on the head and cut round it, in the days when you couldn't afford a barber) from my brother Arthur.

Charlie with his sisters from left to right-
Doreen, Joyce and Sylvia.

Charlie at primary school showing off his creative talents.

At the age of about fourteen when I was in Grammer School my brother surprised me one day trying to play the guitar - I think I'd managed the first few notes of the Harry Lime theme. He ignored my self-consciousness and showed me a couple of chords. I was hooked! I'd sit up 'til late playing Hank, Elvis, Jimmy Rodgers, etc. Of course my education began to suffer and my headmaster, the kindly Mr. King, later commented that I'd had a good academic future ahead of me until I'd discovered that 'damn banjo'. Thank God for that 'damn banjo'.

Disenchanted somewhat with the world in the wake of my mam's death when I was only twelve I left school early and made minor excursions into the work place. I worked as an apprentice telephone engineer, on the railways, in the flour mills and wound up trying to be one of the lads. To be accepted with any sort of prestige among my peers meant either being a hard case or a theif. I'm ashamed to say I tried both, with pretty disastrous consequences - I wound up in Walton Gaol for a couple of months. My honest, upright and caring family were stunned. I suppose I was looking for attention.

I remember the day I was driven to court on a coach along with a few others. I sat in handcuffs and over the radio they played Don't by Elvis and Every Time We Say Goodbye by the lovely Ella. I was hoping there was not some deep significance in the titles.

Fortunately I was given probation and suitably chastened by the whole ordeal I returned home to my thankful and forgiving family.

I was soon bored with my situation however and decided that for excitement I, like my brothers before me, must travel. Finding the Navy Office closed I joined the Army without informing any of my family. My sisters were in tears but armed with my guitar and a D.A. hairstyle I set off to Wales to do my training. I then applied for a posting in Hong Kong and with typical army logic found myself in West Germany. I made many great friends (some of whom I now meet up with on my travels) and started to play in bands with such exotic names as the Rockavons and the Onions.

One abiding memory of my army days was of the Cuban missile crisis. Being only thirty miles from the border I was convinced that within a short space of time I would be dead. After going into N.A.T.O. camps the scene of frenzied activity. When I got back to our camp what did I find? Our lads were padding around polishing floors and locker knobs for an inspection the next day. Was I relieved when the Russian vessels turned!

After four enjoyable years I grew a little bored and bought myself out. My army record states that I am intelligent, reliable and a good runner! Not a very distinguished career eh! Still I had learned German and how to drink with the Scottish, the Irish and the Geordies etc. without falling over.

After leaving the army I was back in Birkenhead and jobless. I left for Coventry and after a short stint as a postman I decided to return to Germany. I arrived in Dortmund with the equivenent of about half a crown to my name, to audition for a band called Chicago Sect. I'd been singing country songs and ballads around the pubs back home and of course knew very little about Tamla Motown, Rock etc. The band were not impressed at my ignorance as I shook my head at each song they suggested. Just as it looked like I'd have to hitch back home someone asked if I knew any Ray Charles. I knew Georgia! I sang it and was in. Thanks Hoagy Carmichael!

I was in Dortmund for about nine months during which time I married Thelma who had been a dream of mine since I'd first seen her as a teenager in Birkenhead. I'd been in Dortmund supposedly saving for our future but sad to say I'd had a marvellous time but returned home skint. Thelma bought my suit for the wedding on a cheque from her mother and she and our two witnesses (all that were present apart from the priest) paid for our drink, etc. We celebrated unknown to anyone in the local pub Murphys.

Once I was married I became a little more responsible and although I played with the local bands I worked a variety of jobs during the day. At various times I was a grocery store manager, driver, navvy, quality control engineer (bluffed my way in) and finally a teacher. All the time my dreams were of music.


During my teaching years I began to write to try and fulfil my ambition of being a proffesional singer and to bring about the musical recognition I sought. Ironically I began to make a name as a writer and my singing was overlooked. However through my songs I began to meet people who have since become great friends to me. People like George Hamilton IV, Daniel O'Donnell and of course Foster and Allen. Tony Allen it was who first invited me to Ireland and I've been going there ever since. I love the heady mix of joy and melancholy, anarchy and reverence, the humour, the music, the people and of course the odd pint of Guiness!

So I'd arrived in 1994 thinking that all my efforts had been largely in vain and questioning God about giving me musical talents and yet seemingly thwarting my every move. When I surrendered my will to Him, He stepped in swiftly and powerfully and with the help of Gerry Anderson, Pat Kenny, numerous Irish DJs and the Irish people and of course Ritz Records my dreams began to be realised.

With the continued support of all the marvellous people we have met all around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, namely you, I am sure it will be. God bless you and thank you for everything you have done for me and my family, Thelma, Charlie Jnr, Allan and Jamie. Yours, Charlie.

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