Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland And support from Anthony Toner.
Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, ST13 6AD
Doors 7.30pm Performance 8pm
When Barbara Dickson was last here at Leek Arts Festival in 2016 so many people were disappointed not to get a ticket for her performance at the Foxlowe. Therefore, we are delighted to offer festival goers another chance to see and hear this much loved wonderful musical icon here in Leek.
As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artistes in Britain today.
She is currently working on a new studio album, a follow-up her recent live album, ‘In Good Company,’ which will feature some of her favourite songs recorded with a string quartet featuring new arrangements by John O’Hara, and she is also planning another release which she hopes will coincide with her next full band tour in early 2019.
Following her move back to Scotland, Barbara now lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Oliver, and a floating population of three sons, Colm, Gabriel and Archie. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s awareness at Nordoff-Robbins Scotland and Patron of both Fife Headway and the Fife Society for the Blind.
Whilst Barbara remains modest about her many achievements, with seventeen Platinum and Gold albums to her name she remains Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time.
She was awarded an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2002 for Services to Music and Drama.
Aly Bain, the great folk musician, has described her as having the best female voice ever to come out of Scotland whilst Billy Connolly says “from the very first time I heard her, her voice just nailed me to the wall. She’s just a one-off.” Barbara is quick to dismiss this politely as pure opinion, but the accolades she has received over the years undoubtedly recognise that she has been touched with a gift that is of great importance to her and, more importantly, to her audience.
“Singing is not,” she says, “about technique but what is in your heart. That is the secret”.