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Barbara began her singing career in folk clubs around her native Fife in Scotland in the sixties. In the early seventies, she sang at a Liverpool folk club, run by Willy Russell which led to her to performing live on stage in his musical ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert’ which became a smash hit.
Her single ‘Answer Me’, become a top ten hit in 1976 which led to a guest residency on a TV series of ‘The Two Ronnies’ –bringing her attention to some 10 million viewers each week. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, invited her to record ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ from their new musical ‘Evita’, which became her second hit single in 1977. Other hits included ‘Caravan Song,’ ‘January, February’ and ‘I Know Him So Well’, a duet sung with Elaine Paige, became a huge hit worldwide and remained at the number one spot in the UK singles charts for many weeks.
In the 1990’s, she appeared in acting roles for leading TV dramas ‘Taggart’, ‘Band of Gold’ and ‘The Missing Postman’ She also starred in ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’, for which she was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the 2000 Laurence Olivier Awards.
As well as her acting career, Barbara continued to concentrate on her first love - music. In 2004 ‘Full Circle’, marked a return to her folk roots, with ‘The Daily Telegraph’ noting: ‘it is no exaggeration to describe her as a great singer… without dismissing the work she has done in the other three decades of her career, this is Dickson at her most engaging.’ She was conferred with an O.B.E. for her services to music and drama in the Queens’ New Year’s Honours in 2002.
Her long-awaited autobiography, ‘A Shirt Box Full of Songs’ was published in 2009 and her CD release ‘Words Unspoken’ (2011) built on the success of Full Circle- embracing her folk roots. She performed a track from this album at that year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards which she also hosted. A new CD is set for release of early recordings entitled ‘B4 Seventy Four-‘The Folkclub Tapes produced by Rab Noakes.
““Barbara Dickson is a very special talent”
(Sir George Martin)
“You want to bottle her voice - it's perfect.”
(Melvyn Bragg – The South Bank Show)
“I love Barbara Dickson. From the very first time I heard her, her voice just nailed me to the wall! Her voice has that kind of smoothness… she’s just a one-off.” (Billy Connolly)
ADASTRA is now working with Barbara for UK Festivals and Overseas work only.
Available as full band, duo and trio
Kennedy Street Enterprises will continue to represent Barbara for all other UK appearances.
Angie Becker: 0161 941 5151 email@example.com
The Stables, Westwood House, Main Street, N. Dalton, Driffield,
E Yorkshire, YO25 9XA, UK
Tel: + 44 (0) 1377 217662
(Photo: Brian Aris)