CHRIS DIFFORD

Cornwall Life - - THE DIARY -

As a mem­ber of one of Lon­don’s best-loved bands, Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford has made a last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to English mu­sic with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junc­tion, Hour­glass and Tempted. At the age of 64 his pas­sion for in­no­va­tion and love of play­ing still drives him for­ward, even af­ter 45 years on the road.

Over the years he has con­tin­ued to write with his old Squeeze part­ner Glenn Til­brook, in­clud­ing the sound­track for the 2015 BBC2 drama Cra­dle To Grave, star­ring Peter Kay and based on the life of Danny Baker. All orig­i­nal mu­sic, it be­came the first Squeeze record in 15 years.

Chris won his first Ivor Novello award when he wrote the lyrics for the fic­tional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 Bri­tish com­edy film Still Crazy. He has writ­ten and con­trib­uted lyrics for the likes of El­ton John, Wet Wet Wet, Jools Hol­land, Paul Car­rack, Lisa Stans­field and Bryan Ferry.

He ap­pears at The Acorn, Penzance, with spe­cial guest Boo Hew­er­dine, a per­former and pro­ducer renowned for his ideas and in­no­va­tion in­clud­ing Mo­bile for Devon-based artist Peter James Mill­son, a com­plete al­bum recorded di­rectly to a Win­dows phone.

The Chris Difford and Boo Hew­er­dine gig is one of a num­ber of great mu­sic acts at The Acorn dur­ing Novem­ber. You can also see trib­ute band The Fleet­wood Mac Song­book (2 Novem­ber), Baka Be­yond who are on their 25th an­niver­sary tour (3 Novem­ber) Elsa Jean McTag­gart who pays trib­ute to the songs of Eva Cas­sidy (10 Novem­ber), Kan­ga­roo Moon (15 Novem­ber), New Or­leans style pi­anist Dale Storr (17 Novem­ber), Si­mon and Gar­funkel Through the Years per­formed by Book­ends (23 Novem­ber), foot-stomp­ing folk band Shee­lanagig (24 Novem­ber) and singer song­writer Float­stone from Bel­gium (29 Novem­ber).

You can also see Rainer Her­sch with his hi­lar­i­ous show All Clas­si­cal Mu­sic Ex­plained which tack­les those dif­fi­cult ques­tions: ‘why is or­gan mu­sic so bor­ing?’ and ‘what did

Mozart steal from Abba?’

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