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MarkChadwick (by Christian Banfield)

The unmistakable Mark Chadwick from the Levellers will play a special solo gig at the Globe in Cardiff this year.

After spending more than two decades touring with his band, Chadwick has decided to try the solo route – though assures fans that the Levellers are still going strong.

Tickets are now on sale for the gig, which takes place on 12 October. Entry is £15 in advance or £18 on the door.

The tour coincides with the release of his debut solo album, All The Pieces, released through Stay By Records on 9 September.

Arguably, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of the Levellers.

But whilst the voice may be familiar, that is where the similarities end. Instead, this is an intensely personal collection of folk-tinged acoustic pop tracks, written and refined over the course of the last two decades.

All The Pieces is, to all intents and purposes, Mark Chadwick telling the story of his own life, in his own words. Presented chronologically, it charts the highs and lows of his extraordinary life, encompassing life-altering events such as attending Elephant Fayre which helped shaped his political views, falling in (and subsequently out of) love, through to his later disillusion with both mainstream and radical politics. This album shows a side of Mark Chadwick’s song-writing and personality that up to now he has largely kept out of the public eye. Honest and heartfelt, yet highly accessible and endearingly upbeat, All The Pieces shares many of its hallmarks with the great folk revival albums of the 60’s and early 70’s. Anyone expecting a Levellers sound-alike album will be disappointed, but those with an ear for beautifully produced acoustic-pop, great melodies and engaging lyrics will most certainly not.

Brought to life by award-winning producer Sean Lakeman, Mark is joined by an ‘all star cast’ of some of the UK’s greatest folk musicians on the album. Both Sean and Seth Lakeman, along with Dan Donnelly (Watercress, Sonovagun), Martin Pannett (McDermott’s 2 Hours), Toby May (Clearlake), Daniel Goddard (aka DBG) and Ben Nicholls (Dennis Hopper’s Choppers) all perform on the album, and Mark’s singing is complemented by the astoundingly beautiful voice of Equation’s Kathryn Roberts.

All the Pieces is available to pre-order now with signed copies of the album available with pre-orders from www.play.com. A limited edition ‘All The Pieces’ collector’s pack featuring 12” vinyl or CD album plus t-shirt, cotton tote bag and screen print is available to pre-order exclusively from www.recordstore.co.uk.