- Chris Difford
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
We are pleased to announce that CHRIS DIFFORD will be performing again with us next year along with special guests ARCELIA.
Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. When Squeeze take a break from the road, Glenn and Chris have been touring their ‘At Odds Couple Tour’ both in the UK and the US.
Chris and Glenn wrote a new Squeeze album based on the life of Danny Baker, it was the soundtrack for a BBC2 production called Cradle To Grave staring Peter Kay. All original music, it became the first Squeeze record in 15 years. From The Cradle To The Grave was a very exciting project for all concerned and it was so good to be back in the charts and on the radio again.
Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze’s music and to Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.
Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film Still Crazy, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. Since then he has written and contributed lyrics for the likes of Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Jools Holland, Paul Carrack, Lisa Stansfield and Bryan Ferry.
Chris has curated Songs In The Key Of London event at the Barbican, bringing together musicians old and new such as Glenn Tilbrook, Suggs, Jools Holland, Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets) and James Hunter, as well as students from the local community. A second event took place in Greenwich Park in 2011 with Gary Kemp, Chris Wood, UB40 and others. In 2014 Songs In The Key Of London took place in Regents park with Gregory Porter, The Strypes, Guy Barker Ed Harcourt and Sophie Ellis Baxter.
Chris also hosts songwriter workshops and has done for over 25 years. In 2014 he formed a partnership with ‘The Buddy Holly Foundation’ to run a week of writing at Glastonbury. In 2016 the event moves to Nashville and Lubbock, Texas. Other writing events include Guardian Master Classes held in London. Chris is currently completing his book, a biography called Some Fantastic Place which should be on the bookshelves in 2017. A box set of his albums comes out in March 2017 on Edsel Records. Available also on Amazon. Its called Chris To The Mill it comes with lots of extra goodies.
ARCELIA are a soulful folk band from the Downs of Kent known for their rich harmonies and original songwriting. Think Crosby Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, America, James Taylor and you’re in the right ballpark.
Songwriter and guitarist Gavin Alexander joins Teresa Gallagher and Simon Foster on vocals accompanied by Martin Elliott on acoustic bass & Perry White on piano.
Arcelia has recently supported Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Jon Gomm, Mawkin, Michele Stodart, Maddy Prior & regularly joins Chris Difford of Squeeze on his solo UK tours.
Tickets for this concert are £18 in advance/£23 on the door.
This Grade I listed church, which dates from the mid 13th Century, overlooks the street in the centre of our village. The medieval architecture provides a spectacular backdrop to our musical events. The chancel contains an internationally famous collection of medieval brasses commemorating the de Cobham family.
The church is open daily during daylight hours and is well worth a visit in its own right together with the adjacent medieval College which was built by the de Cobham for the priests, who were appointed to say masses for the family members buried in the church.