Elton John World News: BBC Four to Toast The Singer-Songwriter

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Thursday 16 September 2010 @ 17:30 - GMT

BBC Four today announced an exciting month-long celebration of the singer-songwriter, led by a new series of specially commissioned concerts titled Songwriters Circle.

The celebration, which begins October 1, presents an insightful and varied array of programming and features some of the worlds most popular singer-songwriters, Elton among them.

The homage also includes Singer-Songwriters At The BBC, alongside classic BBC In Concert shows and recent concert acquisitions such as James Taylor and Carole King at the Troubadour.

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four, says: "BBC Four is the home of contemporary music and to have some of the best singer-songwriters playing for us in specially created concerts is a real delight."

In the new series, Songwriters Circle, the composers perform their classic songs in turn, while helping each other out musically with harmonies and the odd guitar part. The four shows are filmed live in a small London concert venue, with the artists only meeting an hour or two before going onstage. In between performances, the artists take the viewer inside their work, chatting about their songs, their history and background.

Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright kick off the series, and future shows are to include Lyle Lovett and Chris Difford.

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