SONGS of Peace, Protest and Love come to the Palace Theatre next month when duo Andante take to the stage.
Featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lennon, The Beatles and Joni Mitchell – to name a few – it promises to transport fans back to a time of endless possibilities for people power.
Andante are Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, multi-instrumentalists – they play 16 between them – who will bring the era alive through song, all linked together by a narrative linked to the singers themselves.
“It seemed to us that the songs were being pushed away and gradually forgotten about yet they are so applicable to the situation today,” said Vee, from Birmingham.
“It’s amazing when you look at the lyrics – Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ sees the powers that be sitting in their penthouses arguing with each other – and it’s us, the ordinary people, who will be copping it.”
Vee and Mark are hardened performers, from touring across the world to playing on cruise ships – they’ve even supported the incredible Ken Dodd on the variety circuit, a star renowned for the length of his shows.
“He was amazing, and we’d always be there until the bitter end, often somewhere around 2am!
“He was also so knowledgeable and inspiring – when he gave you advice you took it because he knew what he was talking about.”
And although they’ve often been to the Palace Theatre to see shows, this will be the first time they’ve actually performed there.
It promises to be a wonderful time of brilliant songs like ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ – and many more.
Andante play the Palace Studio on Friday, October 12 at 7.45pm and tickets are £14 from the box office in person or on 01527 65203 or buy online at http://www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/ .