Ammanford’s Glowyr Theatre will soon host the BBC’s Bob Harris and music journalist, Colin Hall as they bring their ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’ tour to the town on Saturday 1st July at 7:30pm.
BBC’s Bob Harris and author/music journalist, Colin Hall’s intimate speaking tour is based around their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles, and will feature previously unseen footage from Bob Harris’ archive with Lennon & McCartney. By 1963 the pair had written so many songs they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases, so it made artistic and economic good sense to be offered to other artists for recording and the Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor-made outlet in artists such as Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and Tommy Quickly. This is the story behind those songs – the hits, the misses, and the demos that the group never released.
‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, OBE has been at the very heart of the UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation – described by Radio Times as “…one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting.”
For the past 20 years Colin Hall has been the custodian at John Lennon’s childhood home ‘Mendips’ (guiding the likes of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and James Taylor around the property), has written two books on The Fab Four and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary with Alexei Sayle titled ‘The Lennon Visitors’. He was even at the village fete where John was first introduced to Paul!
The two friends have worked on several projects together, including the upcoming film, Pre:Fab (which focuses on the band’s early days as The Quarrymen), a WBBC production of ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’, and 2007’s Sony Award-winning ‘The Day John Met Paul.’
Carmarthenshire audiences will now have the chance to spend an evening in the company of the two greats of the UK music scene, and to hear first-hand the fascinating stories behind The Beatles.
Tickets are priced at £20.50 and can be booked with the Theatrau Sir Gâr box office on 0345 2263510 or online at www.theatrausirgar.co.uk