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Review: Charlie Landsborough, King's Lynn Corn Exchange

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Country singing star Charlie Landsborough bid a fond and emotional goodbye when he appeared in King's Lynn as part of his farewell tour.

In a full and varied programme of some of his most well-known songs, the Liverpudlian singer-songwriter endeared himself to the near-capacity audience at Lynn's Corn Exchange with his familiar trade-mark mix of ballads, anecdotes and sometimes, awful jokes!.

And while it was a wet and miserable evening outside, the auditorium was full of warmth on Friday as many of his faithful fans from West Norfolk were there in the first few rows to say their own personal goodbyes.

Charlie Landsborough riverside (20332839)
Charlie Landsborough riverside (20332839)

As he traditionally does, Charlie read out a large selection of cards and notes from his named fans, many of them celebrating their own birthdays and anniversaries.

With his accompanying band on stage, and with ever-changing coloured lighting, Charlie opened his song-book and turned its pages as one after another of his popular songs were performed. They included Song of the Ocean, Five Fingers, I am Red and Shine Your Light. As it was his farewell appearance, he kept his best until last and the audience loved him singing What Colour is the Wind and Mt Forever Friend which he refrained as an encore prompting a standing ovation.

Charlie spoke of his love of coming to Lynn and jokingly made reference to the "local" Norfolk accent prompting good-humoured yells and shouts from his audience.

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Events. (20332842)

Although Wrexham-born Charlie started singing professionally in the 1970s, he didn't find major success until 1994 with the song, "What Colour is the Wind?"

It was quite a night of music and memories for Charlie and at one point his band, out-of-the-blue, struck up with the traditional "Happy Birthday" tune in honour of his 78th birthday the next day, Saturday, 26th October.

In his final programme brochure he told his fans of his "gratitude" for all the years of their "tremendous support, their kindness and their joy"expressed to him.

"I may be physically absent from your lives, but you will always enrich my memories and I'll never forget all that you have given me," he wrote.

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Charlie Landsborough. (20332845)

In a glimpse into his early musical experience, Charlie wrote of his "musical love affair" when he picked up his guitar at the age of 13.

He confessed his academic studies suffered after he discovered the joy of accompanying himself on guitar and playing the songs of such famous Country stars including Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Lonnie Donegan.

But his fans will be delighted to hear that is retirement Charlie plans to continue his writing and recording new material.

He says he couldn't envisage a life without without music.

As he signs off in the brochure he assures his fans that, with his Saviour as his guide, he knows that all will be well. Amen to that!

Richard Parr

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