Classic Squeeze songwriter to make Knaresborough debut

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SQUEEZE founder member Chris Difford is coming to play Knaresborough.

It’s the latest big name to be attracted to the intimate venue of Frazer Theatre by local promoters Kula Productions.

One of the UK’s most respected songwriters, Difford will appear at the 127-seater theatre on Wednesday, December 14 playing a mix of solo songs and greatest hits.

Difford first came to prominence in the New Wave era of the late 1970s, co-writing pop hits with Glenn Tilbrook for Squeeze, the band he co-founded with Jools Holland.

Difford appeared regularly on Top of the Pops with hits such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Tempted, Labelled With Love, Black Coffee In Bed, Pulling Mussels (From the Shell), and Hourglass.

Since first splitting up in 1982, Difford has periodically rejoined his former bandmates for new Squeeze recordings and shows while maintaining a successful solo career.

He has released four solo albums; I Didn’t Get Where I Am, South East Side Story, The Last Temptation of Chris and, most recently, Cashmere if You Can.

His standing in the business has never been higher In March 2010, Difford curated Songs In The Key Of London, an evening of music dedicated to the capital at the Barbican Centre.

The event featured Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Jools Holland, Suggs and Chas Smash from Madness, Chaz Jankel from The Blockheads, Kathryn Williams, Robyn Hitchcock, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, as well as younger acts such as Tunng and Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison.

The evening was compered by actor Phil Daniels and included surprise guest Elvis Costello.

As a trial run for Difford’s December show in Knaresborough, Kula is offering Early Bird Tickets, a scheme which they may roll-out the promotion for future Frazer Theatre concerts.

l Tickets will cost £16 until the end of this month (August 31) before rising to £18 thereafter.

Tickets are available on-line from Ticketscript.

More information from www.kula-productions.com

Music and food

MORE live music in Knaresborough, this time for a worthy charity, too!

Folk-rock legends Magna Carta and TV stars Rock Choir are providing the live sounds next week at The Friends of Harrogate Homeless Project’s Benefit Dinner and Concert.

Held at Knaresborough United Reformed Church on Gracious Street next Friday, August 26 at 7pm, attendees will also be treated to a four-course meal.

The menu has been devised and will be cooked by Charlotte and Les Mitchell, previously of the Malt Shovel Brearton.

The combined Harrogate and Knaresborough Rock Choir are part of the nationally well-known choir since their TV debut a few weeks ago when all the Rock Choirs in Britain came together for a concert at the Wembley Arena.

l For tickets costing £20 each, please contact 01423 864571 to book your table or email elaine@friendsofhhp.co.uk