The Donkey, The Whippet and The Giant Leek
Thu 11 Apr19:30Auditorium Seated
He enjoyed great commercial success in the 1950s and 60s writing for stars including Matt Munro, Ricky Valance, and Gracie Fields, who took Little Donkey to the top of the charts in 1959.
The song was a hit for many other artists around the world as well as becoming a fixture in school nativity plays and carol concerts.
But Boswell always believed his best work was to be found in his songs about the changing face of the North East in the last quarter of the 20th Century and songs including The Whippet, The Ghost of St Mary’s, Maybe This is Love, The Summer of Last Year and The Great Longbenton Leek are featured in the new show – a labour of love for singers Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid.
“We got to know Eric towards the end of his life when we were recording his songs. I’m from Consett so I loved the fact he was writing these wonderful songs about life in this part of the country. He had a unique way of capturing the dialect, character, and landscape of the North East – and his melodies are just gorgeous.”
“We were privileged that he wrote a song for our wedding. Maybe This is Love is about a Scottish lass meeting and marrying a Geordie lad – which is exactly our story. And we can’t wait to perform it along with so many of Eric’s other songs.”