‘Outstanding’ songwriter 
at Ropetackle

Eric Andersen
Eric Andersen

American singer/songwriter Eric Andersen arrives for a show at The Ropetackle Centre in Shoreham on Wednesday, April 23, supported by Italian violin/fiddle player Michele Gazich.

Also on the bill is singer/songwriter Ben Reel and his band from Ireland (tickets on 01273 464440).

Spokesman Robert Stevenson said: “Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan, and became one of the founders of the singer-songwriter movement.

“He’s co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed. His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch and Linda Thompson.

“Over the past 45 years, Eric has released over 25 CDs of original music.

“His first live album Blue Rain (released in 2007 on Appleseed Recordings) was recorded at a concert in Oslo with members of the blues band, Spoonful of Blues.

“In the early 1990s Andersen recorded two trio-harmony albums with The Band’s Rick Danko and Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld.

“He’s featured in the Joni Mitchell documentary, the Wildflower Festival DVD with Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Arlo Guthrie, and in the rock film Festival Express.

“In 2003 Eric won the Premio Tenco award with Patti Smith in San Remo, Italy. It is an award given to outstanding songwriters.

“Previous awards have gone to Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Lou Reed.”