Published: 23 October 2010 at 11:26
Singer songwriter who has written over 400 songs is set to perform at lunchtime.
Boo Hewerdine, one of Britain’s most charismatic and gifted songwriters, is set to perform on November 6 at 1.10 at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. The free of charge Friday lunchtime weekly concerts are part of the autumn programme from the Department of Music and Performing Arts spanning from now until December.
The concert will feature material from his new release, God Bless the Pretty Things, plus songs from earlier albums. For one of most recent albums, Harmonograph, Boo Hewerdine resolved to record his own versions of songs he had written for, and often with, other people. From around 400 such songs he drew up a shortlist of 140. After listening to these with the album's producer, Neil MacColl, he settled on a shorter list of around 80.
The twelve songs that eventually surfaced - some well-known, like the Eddi Reader hit single Patience Of Angels, some not, and some never recorded previously - became Harmonograph.
The life and career Boo now has first began to blossom with the group he formed in the mid-Eighties, The Bible. Two of their finest songs, Graceland and Honey Be Good, came tantalisingly close to becoming huge hits.
The first Boo Hewerdine solo album, Ignorance, was released in 1992, followed by Baptist Hospital in 1996 and Thanksgiving in 1998, both made with Nick Drake producer John Wood, and by Anon in 2002. Boo has also written extensively with the singer Eddi Reader, pursuing a parallel career with her that continues to this day.
For many years Boo had been writing with and for other artists - in 1989 he released a whole album, Evidence, in collaboration with the American country singer Darden Smith - but towards the end of the Nineties he also began to write songs for and with pop artists, something he considers a completely separate endeavour. Among the many artists he has written for in this way are Natalie Imbruglia, Mel C and Alex Parks.
For full details of the Lunchtime Concert series please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/mpaevents or contact Series Director Alan Rochford, firstname.lastname@example.org . Admission is FREE to this and all lunchtime performances.