Hall hosts Benny Gallagher gig and writer's workshop
There will be an intimate evening of songs and stories at Cooper Hall, Selwood Manor, Frome, when Benny Gallagher performs on Saturday, September 21.
As half of Gallagher and Lyle (alongside Graham Hamilton Lyle), Benny first came into recognition in 1968, when the duo were signed by The Beatles to write for Apple Records' artists.
Benny has always considered his "formative" days at Apple, and, especially, the constant encouragement of Paul McCartney, as one of the most important factors in his development as a songwriter.
In 1970 it was his and Graham Lyle's astute composing abilities that propelled the band McGuinness Flint to the top of the charts with their hit songs When I'm Dead and Gone and Malt and Barley Blues.
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After a brief, but, very enjoyable and extremely rewarding "dalliance" as members of Ronnie Lane and The Slim Chance Band playing on the hit singles How Come, The Poacher and the ensuing album Any More for Anymore the duo enjoyed a string of of their own successes – the richly romantic Heart on my Sleeve "
and I Wanna Stay With You.
Their fifth album Breakaway charted and included the hit songs Heart on My Sleeve and I Wanna Stay with You.
On record he has worked with: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Gary Brooker, Georgie Fame, Elkie Brooks and Fairport Convention, as well as Blues legends Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (who wrote That's Alright Mama for Elvis Presley), and Champion Jack Dupree.
Over the last few years, in between songwriting visits to Nashville, composing soundtracks for film and television he has toured the globe as bassist and vocalist with The Manfreds.
Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15.
On Sunday, September 22, he presents a songwriters workshop at the hall and tickets cost £40.
The workshop will enable you to overcome obstacles such as writer's block, burn-out and repetition in style allowing you to avoid getting stuck in a songwriting rut.
All attendees will require a notebook, pen/pencil to ensure that they derive the maximum benefit from this very intense workshop.
Visit www.cooperhall.org for further information.