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National musician to make special appearance

Award-winning Scottish singer and actress, Barbara Dickson, is coming to Boston Stump, this September for a special concert as part of her ongoing national tour.

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take 'centre stage' as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara's folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

Emerging from the Scottish folk scene of the late 1960's Barbara had enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including 'Answer Me', 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall', 'Caravan' and the million-selling number one single, 'I Know Him So Well'. As Scotland's best-selling female album artist she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums and cemented her status as one of the UK's best-loved performers . Her stage career has included the roles of the original Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell's long-running musical, 'Blood Brothers' and as Viv Nicholson in 'Spend Spend Spend,' both of which have won her an Olivier award for 'Best Actress'. Barbara was awarded an O.B.E. by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2002 New Year's Honours for her services to music and drama and she continues to record and to play to sold-out audiences.

Nick Holland joined Barbara's touring band in the mid 2000's playing keyboards and adding vocals on her 'Full Circle' album, the first to feature the style of music she now performs. Barbara and Nick recently started working as a 'duo' where she plays guitar and piano, and Nick on keyboards -and adding harmonies to Barbara's own wonderful vocals.

They have performed this way in numerous venues including Cathedrals, festivals and theatres and developed an intimate rapport with each other and the audience. "It's a different experience to working with the bigger band" says Barbara, "but just as enjoyable and gives the music breathing space"

Barbara will be supported by Anthony Toner, one of Belfast's most revered songwriters - an artist acclaimed as much for his insightful and poetic lyrics as for his mastery of fingerstyle guitar and engaging onstage patter. His first single 'Sailortown' - released in 2008 - has become one of Northern Ireland's most requested radio songs, and he has followed it with a string of heart-filled songs just as memorable, including 'East of Louise', 'Well Well Well', 'The Road to Fivemiletown' and most recently 'Great Big World'. Six albums into his career, he has been shortlisted for the inaugural 2014 Northern Ireland Music Prize and has captivated audiences from Belfast to Toronto, by way of Nashville and Austin, sharing the stage along the way with everyone from folk legends Barbara Dickson and Frances Black to country music heroes Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith and blues/jazz superstar Van Morrison.

Speaking of the announcement, Head Verger, Adam Kelk said: "We are delighting to be welcoming Barbara Dickson to St. Botolph's Church as part of her nationwide tour. St. Botolph's has a large history of being a particular favourite with musicians, having hosted Aled Jones and Lesley Garrett in recent years, so to have the opportunity to host Barbara's only Lincolnshire concert is truly special.

The acoustics of St. Botolph's are truly unique and myself and the team are very excited for the concert."

The concert takes place in Boston's St. Botolph's Church on Thursday 28th September 2017. The announcement comes weeks after the launch of tickets for legendary-pianist, Rick Wakeman, performing in the historic church in October.

Tickets are on sale for £25 in the Stump Shop or by visiting www.concertsinthestump.co.uk.