SINGER/SONGWRITER Charlie Dore and multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman from Steeleye Span are saddling up for an intimate gig in the The Old Stables Club next month.

Based in the old stable block behind the White Hart Hotel in Cricklade, the 60-seater club with its bare stone walls and wooden beams is the perfect backdrop for an evening of eclectic and contemporary folk.

Fresh from their performances at the Edinburgh Fringe the duo, who have been pals since they were sixteen at drama school, will showcase tracks from their new album, Dark Matter, alongside some old favourites from their respective back catalogues.

They will also perform their own take on some of the well known songs Charlie has written for stars such as Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Ricky Ross and Jimmy Nail.

Charlie first came to fame on the Children’s TV series, Rainbow, where she and Julian wrote and performed songs.

Charlie was signed to Island Records in 1978 and flew off to Nashville where she and Julian co wrote her first album, Where To Now. Her hit single Pilot of the Airwaves was the final track played by Radio Caroline, the famous pirate radio station, when it closed on November 5 1990.

Alongside her music Charlie has also worked as an actress appearing with Tim Curry and Jonathan Pryce in the film The Ploughman’s Lunch. Her TV roles include Hard Cases and Whistle Stop. The hard working musician also found time to set up a comedy improv group called Dogs on Holiday, which included names such as Swindon’s own Mark Lamarr, Harry Hill and Jo Brand.

More recently the duo have written musical scores for BBC drama including Two Thousand Acres of Sky and the film Roman Road, and they continue to record albums and perform live.

When they come to Cricklade they will be supported by Nashville singer Josh O’Keefe, who has just released his self-titled debut album.

The Derby-born singer has topped Billboard and iTunes charts as a songwriter and as an artist. His debut EP has been a chart smash, hitting number 15 on the top 100 iTunes country albums chart. Described as a young Guthrie, Josh’s authentic, raw, roots music has a distinct flavour of the Grand Ole Opry traditionalism.

The Old Stables Club was set up by music promoter Sean Devine and Cricklade Festival chairman Nigel Wynne.

Tickets to the gig are £10 from