One of the great songwriters of any generation, Jimmy Webb, has announced a new UK tour for next spring. A frequent visitor to Britain, Webb will play nine dates of his ‘An Evening Of Songs and Stories’ show here in April 2015, performing material from his incomparable songbook, which has provided career highlights for Glen Campbell, the 5th Dimension, Donna Summer, Richard Harris, Art Garfunkel, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Nanci Griffith and countless others.
It’s now 50 years since Webb, from Elk City, Oklahoma, moved to California at the age of 18 and pursued his songwriting career. He performs many of his best-known songs in an intimate setting at his concerts, including ‘Galveston,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix,’ ‘MacArthur Park,’ ‘All I Know,’ ‘The Highwayman’ and many more.
The full list of dates for the tour is:
April 07 – LEEDS City Varieties Music Hall
April 08 – DURHAM Gala Theatre
April 09 – MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
April 11 – MILTON KEYNES Stables
April 12 – SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
April 14 – BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
April 15 – ST ALBANS Alban Arena
April 17 – WIMBORNE Tivoli Theatre
April 18 – LONDON Cadogan Hall
Meanwhile, here’s the clip of the extraordinary performance of ‘MacArthur Park’ on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ on US network TV in July, when Webb played the harpsichord with the CBS Concert Orchestra and vocalist Will Lee.