New album from rising star Charlie

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UP and coming acoustic artist Charlie Barker embarks on the next stage of her career tonight with the launch of her latest album.

And it happens right here in Sheffield, at the Lantern Theatre, in Kenwood Park Road.

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards semi-finalist Charlie has been working on the album, Ghosts & Heroes, for the last two years.

Released on independent label RootBeat Records, it will be on general release in stores from Monday, November 7.

Charlie will be performing with her new band line up.

Charlie’s second album brings together songs from artists that have shaped her music and includes new interpretations of songs from acclaimed writers including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Kate Rusby and Richard Thompson.

Charlie again teamed up with sound engineer Chris Thornton-Smith, who produced the pure acoustic sound of her first album, Sleeping at the Station.

That album was an introduction to Charlie’s vocal skills and her writing and guitar talents.

But her latest offering is a complex band sound with guitar from Tom Sweeney (Kerfuffle) and BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist, Jim Molyneux (4Square, Demon Barbers), along with award winning piano accordionist Harriet Bartlett and Chris Thornton-Smith adding acoustic guitar and keyboards.

Charlie said: “I felt I wanted to take some time to recognise some of the brilliant writers and performers who made me want to pick up a guitar and start singing.

“After taking time out to complete my degree and spending time with my son, I was really excited to get back in the studio and I felt right at home.

“I was very fortunate to by joined by Chris, Tom, Jim and Harriet who’ve worked so hard to get everything just right.

“I’m looking forward to stepping out on stage with such talented musicians to perform this album live.”

n THE Lantern Theatre is also venue for a second album launch this weekend. Local singer songwriter Trefor Jones’s album The Psalms borrows most of its lyrical content from the Old Testament poetry books. Normally sung during evensong by aging church congregations, the songs have been given a makeover using genres ranging from the blues to tender folk songs, to rockabilly.

Profits from the album will help Trefor launch a charity to help set up children’s clubs in the northern estates of Sheffield. Trefor is at the Lantern Theatre tomorrow and Saturday.

n JOHNNY Dickinson who was to perform at the Rock@Maltby tomorrow has cancelled all immediate shows due to health problems. Instead the club, which meets at the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby is staging a singers and musicians night. A second such night will be held on Friday, Nov 18. The club hosts guitar player Sarah Mcquaid next Friday.

n CHRIS Wood, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield tomorrow.

n CANADIAN James Keelaghan is at the Beehive Folk Club, Harthill, tomorrow.

n BILL Whaley and Dave Fletcher are at the Chesterfield Folk Club, tomorrow.

n THE Oysterband are at the Memorial Hall on Sunday.

n STEVE Nelson, whose music ranges from folk to country will be at the Greystones on Tuesday. Support is by Val Regan and Richard Body.