Country and folk star at Opera House

Charlie Landsborough. Photo contributed.

Charlie Landsborough. Photo contributed.

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THEY say nice guys finish last, and that’s almost the case for multi award-winning and critically acclaimed country and folk musician Charlie Landsborough.

The man from Birkenhead, renowned as being ‘one of the good guys’, didn’t find true success in the music industry until well into his 50s. His big break came with a television appearance on RTE’s Kenny Live Show, which propelled his song “What Colour is the Wind” to the top of the Irish charts.

But for something of a late bloomer, Landsborough has certainly made up for lost time – and is still going strong well into his 70th year, with a substantial catalogue of work to his name.

At a time when others might be slowing the pace, Landsborough is still touring and pleasing crowds the world over.

This year sees the release of his 25th album ‘Destination’, predominantly made up of his own material, as well as a major 16-date spring tour with his five-piece band, which calls at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday March 27, at 7.30pm.

The former teacher has fond memories of performing in Buxton, in particular at the Spa Town Country Music Club, back before he hit the ‘big time’.

“I came out after one performance and slept in the ‘Volvo Hotel’,” he joked. “We were pushed for pennies back then.”

Much has changed since then, and later this month Landsborough returns to Buxton Opera House with a new album and an autobiography under this belt.

Last year, his undeniable talent was recognised by the British Country Music Hall when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

So what can the Buxton audience expect from the successful recording artist, well-known for his live performances?

“They can expect to hear all the songs that they know me for,” he said. “Between songs I tell a few anecdotes and jokes and hopefully people will enjoy it.”

Landsborough sees music as his abiding passion, describing it as “the best gift God gave me”, and it’s little surprise he’s loved by so many.

“The only thing I have ever wanted was a life in music,” he added.

“I really like getting out and about and meeting people. It’s really good fun, and you never know where it will take you.”

l Tickets to see Charlie Landsborough at Buxton Opera House on March 27, priced £16.50 and £18.30, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.