Front man with the legendary Squeeze, a solo show from Glenn Tilbrook, one of the UK’s finest songwriters, in a small intimate venue is an evening to be treasured. Glenn will play his classic Squeeze songs plus his own solo material and, who knows what else he will cover?
Glenn has always had social consciousness rooted deeply within his musical performance. He changed the lyrics to a song live on the Andrew Marr show (which featured then Prime Minister David Cameron as guest) to: “there are some here who are hellbent, on the destruction of the welfare state.” Songs from ‘The Knowledge’ such as ‘A&E’ and ‘Rough Ride’ also tackle social inequality in the UK.
Glenn’s show will be promoting awareness and donations for The Trussell Trust, the charity that supports a network of foodbanks around the UK. There will be a food drop point and collection boxes at the hotel and Glenn will also be donating all profits from his merchandise, including an exclusive 4 track EP, to the organisation. Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust foodbank.
Glenn says “it is shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table. Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need. Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money – and I hope people coming to the shows are inspired to donate.”
Foodbanks provide a minimum of three-days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible, audience members are asked to check with local foodbanks to see what supplies are currently needed.
“It’s a relaxed, good-natured 90 minutes. Tackling Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well and his own Chat Line Larry, Tilbrook reinvents himself as a South London bluesman, reeling off a series of dazzling licks. Deft, soulful renditions of Tempted and Black Coffee in Bed prowl the same waterfront. Following a spirited tear through Bacharach & David’s Always Something There To Remind Me, Tilbrook invites a guitar-playing super-fan to join him on stage for Another Nail In My Heart and Take Me, I’m Yours. The pair of them have a blast. They’re not the only ones.”
Graeme Thomson, The Herald
Glenn will be supported by Charlie Austen. Charlie caught the attention of cult blues legends Nine Below Zero and was asked to feature vocally on their critically-acclaimed album 13 Shades of Blue. Charlie has since flourished into the barefoot-boogying, bright-smiling performer she was always meant to be. Tickets here.