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

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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

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