Landsborough’s back in town

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FOLK singer Charlie Landsborough doesn’t remember how many times he’s been in Motherwell over the years, but can always be sure of a warm welcome.

The Liverpudlian performs at Motherwell Theatre on Saturday and has a new album to promote, however admits it wasn’t one he expected to record.

Charlie said: “The new album Light Relief is full of my stories from over the years.

“To be honest I was a little surprised when I was asked to compile them for an album as it is just some of the tales I tell between songs on stage.

“To me it is important that an artist interacts with their audience during a gig, or they may as well just listen to the album at home, but I really had no idea that the stories had become so popular.

“The only thing is just making sure you don’t spend too long talking that the music gets sidelined, but I think I’ve found the right balance.”

Charlie’s autobiography, appropriately named Storyteller, has been given a second printing putting him in esteemed company in his home city.

He said: “I think the only other people to get a second printing are the likes of the football greats like Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish so I’m delighted and so pleased so many people wanted to read my story.”

Despite turning 71 next week Charlie has no plans to slow down and already has a new album of material in the works and is off on tour to Australasia next.

He said: “I have played music all my life, but I think because success came later in life I am determined to enjoy it for as long as I can.

“If I am still able to do it, why should I stop and my son Jamie has now joined the band on tour so it’s great to have him with me.”

Charlie is looking to head north of the border on Saturday and will have his eye out for a special lady.

He said: “I love coming to Motherwell as it’s a great venue. I really don’t know how many times I’ve been up over the years but I’m always guaranteed a warm welcome and I certainly know I’m in Scotland.

“I’ve had strong links with Logans Primary over the years, but I understand the headteacher Doreen Boyd has retired since my last visit so I guess now I’ll have to call them the ex-Logans Lovelies.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £18.50 and £17.50 are available by calling the box office on 01698 403120.