Songs of life in all its colour

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AMERICAN singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky is bringing his musical stories to Rugby audiences.

The down-to-earth musical storyteller, with his dry, barb-witted social commentary combined with a deep underlying compassion, knows that the best stories are the little things in the lives of everyday people trying to muddle through with some grace. His great gift as a writer is to infuse these stories with humanity and humour, making them resonate profoundly with his listeners.

His spoken introductions to his songs can be as spellbinding as his colourful lyrics, which he brings to life with a well-travelled voice and a delivery that’s natural and conversational. His groove-oriented strumming and fingerpicking draw on influences from the mountains of western North Carolina where he now lives, and from lots of different good old traditional folk stuff of all kinds.

Chuck has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Ireland for 12 years, playing at a number of folk festivals around the world, as well as the Lincoln Center Out of Door series in New York, among others. In 2010 Chuck played at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, his first English festival appearance, and was extremely well received.

He is coming to Rugby on Wednesday, June 22 when he will be performing at the Merchants Inn as part of the Rugby Roots series.

Richard Barnes of Rugby Roots said: “Chuck is a major act in the US and his fantastic reception at the Shrewsbury Festival in 2010 proved that his songs and quirky humour work well on this side of the Atlantic too. We’re immensely proud to have been selected to present on of the shows on Chuck’s first English tour, and we think that the intimate surroundings of the Merchants Inn is a perfect venue for him. We’re really looking forward to this one.”

Tickets (£8) are available from Sounds in Church Street or by calling (01788) 567338. They will also be available on the door from 8pm.