CHARLIE Landsborough, the Country Music Association Hall of Fame alumnus, is saying goodbye to touring at 77 to concentrate on writing and recording.

His Farewell Tour of Britain brings Landsborough to the Grand Opera House, York, on Tuesday and Bridlington Spa on Wednesday.

To mark his exit stage left, he has released his 35th album, The Attic Collection, a 20-song set available on both CD and DVD, featuring15 "totally different versions" of songs from his early albums, plus a cover of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice and four new Landsborough songs.

Fans can expect to hear such Landsborough favourites as My Forever Friend, I Will Love You All My Life, What Colour Is the Wind, Special, Shine Your Light and Five Fingers.

A prolific songwriter , Landsborough has had his compositions covered by Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Foster and Allen, George Hamilton IV and Daniel O’Donnell.

He worked as a teacher, among other jobs, while always writing and performing on a semi-professional until 1995 when he took the decision to tour Britain and Ireland twice a year. He has never looked back, boosted too by the impact of What Colour Is The Wind, wherein he tells the story of a young blind child’s attempts to envision the world.

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