29 Jul 2017

Loudon Wainwright III

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with Beth Nielsen Chapman

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when Dead Skunk became a Top 20 hit in 1972. One of the most distinctive American songwriters there is, he masterfully combines hilarity and heartbreak in his work, often in the same verse. His songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among many others.

An accomplished actor, he has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, Judd Apatow and Steven Soderbergh. He has also starred on TV in M.A.S.H. and Undeclared, and on Broadway in Pump Boys and Dinettes.

'one of America's most astute lyrical commentators... lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering' Mojo


Due to unforeseen circumstances Rodney Crowell has had to cancel all his European summer dates including his appearance at this year's Southern Fried Festival. The good news is that one of Nashville’s very finest songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman has stepped into the breach and will perform in Rodney's place.

Renowned for her pure, powerful songs and clear voice, twice Grammy-nominated Beth Nielsen Chapman is one of the pre-eminent singer-songwriters of her generation and one of Nashville’s very finest. Echoing her own eclecticism, she has written songs for artists whose styles span country, pop, folk, blues and jazz, such as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bette Midler, Elton John, Michael McDonald and Olivia Newton-John including the Grammy-nominated, smash for Faith Hill, This Kiss.

Among Beth’s own recordings, the groundbreaking Sand & Water, was performed by Elton John on his 1997 U.S. tour in place of Candle In The Wind, Deeper Still was voted 'Album Of The Year' by BBC2’s Terry Wogan, Back to Love, released in 2010, spawned two hits on BBC Radio 2, and in 2012 Beth debuted, The Mighty Sky, a romping collection of songs about the wonders of astronomy that earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album. On Beth’s 2014 release Uncovered, she performed songs that have been covered by other artists, most of them Top 10 US hits, but she has never recorded herself.

A breast cancer survivor and environmentalist, Beth teaches workshops internationally and considers herself a 'creativity midwife', passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life. She is also the newest inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame 2016.


Individual tickets £30; concessions £27.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Part of Southern Fried Festival 2017

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Venue: Gannochy Auditorium - Perth Concert Hall