Witnessing a ‘mum’ shares
Former Brit award winner Beverley Craven is back on home turf as part of her Change of Heart tour. Brian Claridge speaks to the singer about her new show
ASINGING legend of the 1990s is back in the limelight, with an extensive UK tour and a new album. To support the release of Change of Heart, the singer-songwriter from Beaconsfield has embarked on a 36-date UK tour, which includes High Wycombe.
Fans will be eager to see Beverley perform some of the songs from her new album, as well as old favourites such as Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman and Love Scenes.
“I’m really looking forward to the High Wycombe gig and performing to my fans,” says Beverley as we chat over coffee in Beaconsfield.
“I’m delighted that my daughter Connie will be joining me, and will be performing some of the songs she’s written. She’s an extremely talented singer-songwriter and I don’t know who’ll be more nervous – her or me!
“Connie will perform a half-hour set on acoustic guitar at the start of the show and it’s a great showcase of her musical talent. I’m extremely proud of her and know she will go far.
“I perform with a full band at some venues, which includes bass, drums, sax and keyboard; elsewhere it is just be me and a sax player.
“They are all talented musicians and I am extremely privileged to be working with them on this tour. When we’re on the road, the lads usually come with me in my Land Cruiser and it’s a great atmosphere as we all get on really well.
“We usually buy The Guardian and do the crossword between us on our way to the venues – how rock and roll is that!”
I ask Beverley if she’s aware of the audience when she’s performing.
“It depends on the lighting at the venue. Often all I see are the whites of people’s eyes in the dark. I’m sometimes aware of the audience and other times I’m in my own private world.”
Beverley was born in Colombo in July 1963. Her father worked for Kodak and he took his family with him to Sri Lanka when he was