"A shimmering vocal versatility… she has the musical talent
and jewel-eyed confidence to guarantee an audience a good
time." Evening Standard
"Dimbleby is an assured and charismatic vocalist who can make the leap from a full-decibel tribute to Bessie Smith to an intimate confessional from the Dory Previn songbook." The Times
In this highly commended show, the acclaimed singer and storyteller Kate Dimbleby, accompanied by Naadia Sheriff on piano, explores the extraordinary songbook and life story of cult favourite DORY PREVIN, the queen of 70's confessional songwriters, who died on Valentine's Day 2012, 40 years after the release of her most successful album Mythical Kings and Iguanas.
Kate and Naadia roam freely across great songs from the heart, songs of emancipation and sweet revenge, and the life of a vastly under-appreciated songwriter with a relevant story for today.
A national radio regular and with several albums to her credit, including the hit Songs of Dory Previn, Kate Dimbleby has been described by The Times as "one of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit". A natural born performer and drawn to music from a young age, she grew up in a family where performing was the norm. Her father is the broadcaster David Dimbleby and her mother is a trained classical singer. Her uncle on her mother's side played jazz piano, trumpet and blues harp, and inspired her with his collection of gramophone records.
"In an age where audiences are driven to elation by screeching high-belt notes, special effects and reality TV searches, a touching, raw-voiced storyteller brings us back home to what many subconsiously yearn for - authenticity." The Stage