Inside View

THIS MONTH, LOCAL ACT DAN CLEWS CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF JAMES TAYLOR , JONI MITCHELL AND CAROLE KING. PAUL DUNTON TELLS US MORE…

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Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, popular local singer-songwriter Dan Clews is set to bring his critically acclaimed show about the life of American folk singer James Taylor to The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks. But this time he’s got some rather special friends. On February 4, The Joni Mitchell Story will be portrayed by Charlotte Brereton and Dan Clews. This incredible show will not only include Joni’s biggest hits (Big Yellow Taxi, Both Sides Now, A Case of You) but will also feature a backdrop of insightful imagery and a documentary style narrative that portrays the life story behind her sublime music.

On March 3 this will be followed by a double bill headline extravaganza; The James Taylor and Carole King Story, presented by Dan Clews and fellow local musician Phoebe Katis. This is a show of two halves that takes you on an incredible journey through the careers of both award-winning artists, who collectively own more than 10 Grammys. Featuring a backdrop of iconic imagery and a similar narrative format, this exciting show gives a fascinating insight into the legends behind hits such as Fire and Rain, Natural Woman and the unforgettable You’ve Got a Friend.

In each show Joni Mitchell’s music is sung by Charlotte Brereton, James Taylor’s music is played by Dan Clews and Carole King’s music is played by Phoebe Katis. All three are well established local artists in their own right who have collectively featured on Radio 2, Radio 4, 6 Music, Radio X and Radio 1 alongside a live resume that include performances at The Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Glastonbury and The Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Dan Clews says “Working on these shows has been such an education, all three artists made their best work within three miles of each other during the late 60s and early 70s and they all feature on each other’s seminal albums Tapestry, Blue and Mud Slide Slim. Despite the fact that they all ended up in the LA district of Laurel Canyon in the late 60s their life stories couldn’t be more different: while James Taylor had an extremely privileged childhood but suffered with mental illness and drug addiction from as early as 16, Carole King was a young mum and wife building a music career while juggling household chores and parenthood. Meanwhile Joni found herself a single mother with no money and no roof over her head, therefore having to give up her baby for adoption. We have aimed to tell these three amazing life stories through their indisputable back catalogues. We are very excited to bring all three shows to The Stag Theatre Sevenoaks in the lead up to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where we have secured slots for the full three week run in one of the festivals most coveted venues.”

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