Take the country road to see tribute in town

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A PERFORMANCE honouring an American country singer famous mainly for his songs and humanitarian work is coming to Boston.

Country Roads: A Celebration of John Denver, will be taking the stage at Blackfriars Theatre, Boston, next Friday.

The show, at the Spain Lane venue, will feature Wayne Denton, the 1986 New Faces winner, as John Denver - who released more than 300 songs and 41 albums.

Wayne said: “Despite being an entertainer and winning New Faces as a vocalist in my own right, it was always the music of Denver which was my first passion and I think it’s fair to say he was a hugely influencing factor in my career.”

The production promises ‘a magical journey evoking nostalgic memories of a time when the singer-songwriter ruled the airwaves and dominated the US and UK charts’.

It will feature songs such as Annie’s Song, Leaving on a Jet Plane and Take Me Home, Country Roads.

There will also be a live band, anecdotes, humour and a full screen video production.

Stage Magazine said: “Here was an impressive tribute, complete with blond locks and hat, a fine version of Country Roads being an illustration of the strong individual talents of this toe-tapping troupe.”

John Denver, born Henry John Deutschendorf, in 1943, was a prolific singer/songwriter, activist, poet, photographer and pilot in the 1970s.

Famous for his country music he also took part in humanitarian activities including helping to end hunger, supporting human rights, environmental activities and supporting the space race.

He was one of the first artists to sell more than 10 million copies of his Greatest Hits album in 1973.

In 1985 he toured Russia, making him one of the first American artists to perform in the Soviet Union in more than 11 years.

It opened the way for other artists to do the same.

He also toured a number of China’s cities in October, 1992.

He died on October 12, 1997, when his twin-engine plane plunged into the sea off the Californian coast.

The production starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£13.50 conc). To book call 01205 363108.

l Information: www.johndenvertribute.co.uk.