After many years of performing sell out shows based on the traditional American songs of the 30s and yesteryear, Clare has decided it is high time to celebrate some of the UK's leading writers with her new 'Great British Songbook Tour.'
Many of the songs included are regularly assumed to be written by Americans, but actually had a lot of British involvement. Examples of this home grown talent include songs like 'Try A Little Tenderness' by James Campbell and Reginald Connolly, 'Spread A Little Happiness' by Vivan Ellis and 'Smile' by comic legend Charlie Chaplin. The show pays homage to material over an 80 year period and will also feature more modern classics such as 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' by Ewan MacColl and 'He Was Beautiful' by Stanley Myers and Dame Cleo Laine.
Clare, who presents, 'Big Band Special,' 'Sunday Night at 10 with Clare Teal, and 'Friday Night Is Music Night' for BBC Radio 2 has always loved these songs, and is very excited about taking the new show out on the road in 2010.
I've always known that some of these songs were British but have been amazed to find out just how many British writers have contributed to some of the world's best known songs. A further bit of digging turned up some fantastic lost gems that really deserve to be heard again and the idea for the show came together very quickly. The Great American Songbook is a wonderful body of work but I think people might be pleasantly surprised to find how much of it was contributed by the Brits.' Clare Teal
The 'Clare Teal sings The Great British Songbook' will run throughout the UK during 2010 with a new album out in February 2011.