Clive Gregson’s songs have been covered by many artists over the years, including Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kim Carnes, and Fairport Convention.
Gregson was the founder of Any Trouble, a quartet from Manchester who signed to Stiff Records in 1980 and subsequently to EMI America.
They made five highly regarded albums before calling it a day at the end of 1984. Around the same time, Clive discovered Christine Collister and as a duo they built up a large international following over seven years and five albums. From 1985 to 1992 Clive Gregson and Christine Collister were at the very top of the game in acoustic and roots music, Rolling Stone Magazine calling them “the state of the art in British folk-rock”.
Since then, Clive’s illustrious and varied career has continued. He has toured and recorded with Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, and a reformed Any Trouble, in addition to releasing 13 solo albums.
In 2015 Clive asked songwriter and singer Liz Simcock to join him on a UK tour, a chance to revisit some of the songs from Gregson and Collister days. Clive said: “Playing shows that celebrate a hugely enjoyable part of my musical career was well overdue. It had been a very long time since I performed many of those songs.”
Liz was delighted to be asked and said: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Gregson and Collister and couldn’t think of anything nicer to be invited to do. They were what got me into writing songs and I think it’s a real privilege.”
The 2015 tour was a resounding success, so much so that Clive and Liz decided to keep the train rolling, record a CD of new Gregson songs and playing more shows.
The pair will be performing at Wychwood Folk Club, Tiddy Hall, Ascott Under Wychwood on May 5 at 7.30pm; doors open from 7pm. Tickets are £12 in advance or £14 on the door.
To book or for more information, call 01993 831 427 or visit wychwoodfolkclub.com