Charles Donovan
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Charles Donovan is a writer and journalist. He has contributed to The Sunday Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Independent, Woman & Home, Essentials, and What's On In London. He has also developed and written web content for The History Channel, The Biography Channel, AETN, The Natural History Museum, The National Maritime Museum and many more.

As a singer, songwriter and pianist, Charles has appeared at Kabaret
in Golden Square, London, The Townhouse (Mayfair), Soho Pizza, The
Poetry Cafe, and Celebrity Centre, Hollywood.

Entries by Charles Donovan

Review: I've Always Kept A Unicorn - The Acoustic Sandy Denny

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (07:31)

This 40-track compilation, a tie-in with Mick Houghton's well-received biography of the same name, presents the brilliant English singer/songwriter without the full bands, orchestrations and adornments of her studio recordings (all of which are already available in definitive, deluxe editions). It is the vision of Andrew Batt, compiler extraordinaire and...

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Dos Floris - A Singer/Songwriter In Full Bloom

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2016 | (15:19)

As anyone who has ever come across my writing knows, rarely do I stand up and pay attention to emerging artists, which is perhaps to my discredit. Whether interviewing Carly Simon for the Evening Standard or Janis Ian and Phoebe Snow for What's On...

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The Return Of Catherine Howe

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2015 | (13:36)

Ivor Novello-winning singer-songwriter Catherine Howe first appeared in album format in 1971, and ever since has created music which, thanks to her alchemical abilities, sounds as if it's already had a long existence and been absorbed into the national culture. But owing to distribution hiccups and perhaps her own reluctance...

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Claire Hamill - Rock 'n' Roll Survivor

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (15:32)

Tucked away among the legends of Island Records in the 1970s was a songwriting teenager from Teeside called Claire Hamill. Thrust into the spotlight at a tender age, she may not have set the singles chart alight, but she's a survivor who's explored musical forms well beyond folk, rock and...

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Charlie Dore Comes Full Circle

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2015 | (21:35)

Charlie Dore, singer, songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist, brings her tour (in support of Milk Roulette, her most recent album) to The Pheasantry, King's Road, on Wednesday 17th June. It's a chance to watch a master songwriter in an up-close-and-intimate Central London venue. Over the course of a forty-year career, there...

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John Howard - Pop's Enduring Comeback Kid

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (14:04)

Prior to 2003, you'd have been forgiven for scratching your head had someone asked if you'd heard the singer, songwriter and pianist John Howard. His sole album (at that point), Kid in a Big World (CBS, 1975), had been unjustly overlooked and a similar fate greeted the series of singles...

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Pamela Polland's Lost Master Tapes Found!

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2014 | (11:18)

When I wrote about my friend Pamela Polland last year, in a desperate search for her lost 1973 master tapes, I entertained little hope that we would find them. After all, Sony, the tapes' actual owners, had searched in 2006 without success. I too had tried a number of avenues,...

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Londoners Unfriendly? No We Bloody Well Aren't!

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2014 | (16:52)

Having just had yet another friendly, twenty minute conversation with a total stranger on a London bus, I take exception to a Guardian Comment is Free piece I read earlier this week ("Yes, London is an unfriendly city - and long may it stay that way"). To give...

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Flailing and Floundering

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (19:55)

I keep collapsing into a ball of tears, mourning my father's departure (as far as euphemisms for death go, that one is bearable, don't you think?) back in September. It was followed swiftly by that of a close friend, Kate, an accomplished artist whose personal kindnesses to me had, over...

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Shelagh McDonald, Vanished Singer/Songwriter Feared Dead for Decades, Is Alive and Singing...

(1) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (12:01)

In 2005, flicking idly through one of the glossy music monthlies, I spotted a tiny box copy item about a singer/songwriter called Shelagh McDonald who had vanished. No one knew her whereabouts, nor had they for over thirty years. Her two albums (from the early seventies) were being reissued on...

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Goodbye Daddy

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (02:38)

I've toyed for a little while with publishing the eulogy I wrote and read out at my father's funeral. What a twelve month it's been - I broke my back, was brilliantly helped by two hospitals, I moved flats twice and then - just as we'd hit a good patch...

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Look Before You Leap

(1) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (13:13)

For a few weeks now, as I wheel myself past Maplin on Edgware Road, a product jumps out at me. It is called Leap Motion and is packaged with the same, simple beauty of an Apple product, a style we've all come to love and to associate with quality.

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Please Believe Me...I'm Not Back To Normal

(3) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (20:41)

Late last year, I leapt into the black night air and broke my back, feet and left wrist. And how am I now? I think of things like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and then I reprove myself sharply. Surely PTSD is for people blown up while doing something valiant in a...

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Harriet Schock's Hollywood Trilogy

(28) Comments | Posted 16 August 2013 | (07:35)

As I exercise my way back to some form of good health, I switch between wheelchair and walking (my poor feet became bloated sacks of liquid and bone fragment when I landed on them from an unthinkable height - they can only bear me a few metres before they give...

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Taking the Chair

(1) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (23:04)

Forgive the unexpected intermission. Where were we? Yes, that's it. I was fumbling around, trying to get the hang of living in a wheelchair in a new part of London, waiting for my broken back to heal a bit more. But in my last update, I glossed over some of...

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Where There's a Wheel, There's a Way

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2013 | (23:00)

So here I am. Still adjusting to wheelchair life, having swallowed enough mephedrone to rouse a rhinoceros and then jump off a flyover. I try to confine my communications to email and text. The other methods - phone and face to face - well, I might say something regrettable. I...

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Pamela Polland... And Her Missing Album

(2) Comments | Posted 10 March 2013 | (10:04)

I am searching for a lost album. I don't mean 'lost' in the sense of being an undiscovered treasure (though it certainly is that), I mean it literally. The master tapes for Pamela Polland's Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant? from 1973 have apparently vanished. Help...

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This Is Wheel Life

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2013 | (23:00)

I've never raised my head above the parapet before. I'd recommend it without hesitation. There's great freedom in revealing oneself in a wholly unflattering light as I did with the piece about taking mephedrone and breaking my back. It's bracing, for certain, and you have to get ready...

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Meow Meow - Mephedrone Is a Nasty Little Cat

(57) Comments | Posted 24 February 2013 | (23:00)

It's 14 November. I've just broken my back. I can't walk. I'm on the trauma ward at St Mary's Paddington, dimly aware that three of the people I love most are hovering around the bed - Huw, Arabella and Gordon. Arabella keeps telling me not to move my neck.

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Killing Her Softly - The Trials and Triumphs of Lori Lieberman

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2013 | (19:45)

'Killing Me Softly With His Song' is a Roberta Flack tune, right? Of course, there's that other version of it, the one by the Fugees, isn't there? And the composers of the song are Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox. This is the received wisdom that completely overlooks the vital contribution...

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