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House concert features British singer

Clive Gregson, one of England’s most admired and acclaimed songwriters, will be launching an extremely rare West Coast tour this month.

Stops include an intimate house concert at 401 Montello Ave., one of Hood River’s grand old houses, on March 26.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at Waucoma Bookstore and at the door.

A devastatingly subtle and insightful composer, Gregson is renowned for the way his songs delicately unravel romantic complexities and expose deep-seated ironies in everyday occurrences. He cloaks his observations in an elegant, understated variant of contemporary folk that is both warm and resonant.

Gregson’s most recent album, Comfort and Joy, was released in 2002 on the Compass Records label and demonstrates Gregson’s commanding voice, compositional wit, and instrumental dexterity.

Over the course of a long and varied career, Clive Gregson has excelled in a number of contexts — from the success of his first band Any Trouble (named “the most exciting new rock-n-roll group since the Pretenders” by Melody Maker) in the early 1980s, to his legendary partnership with Christine Collister (described by Rolling Stone as “the state of the art in British folk-rock”) and a stint in the Richard Thompson Band.

His recent string of albums released by Compass are decisive proof that Gregson’s gifts continue to flourish.

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