Eric's back on Tyneside.
Australia resident but Scottish borders-born, Eric Bogle, is at the Tyneside Irish Centre, on Thursday for another of his summer visits to the UK.
Singer-songwriter (guitarist and wit) Bogle, was born in Peebles but has been a resident of Australia for more than 30 years where he has attained the title of living legend ( marginally better, as he once put it, than being a dead legend!
He describes himself in typically self-deprecating terms as roundish, shortish, baldish, fiftyish and Scottish and has accepted the handle the Elderly Brothers for him and his touring pal (with whom he has a passing resemblance), guitarist John Munro.
All of this may lead you to believe that his songs have a certain lightness of theme. Wrong. He has written some moving and impassioned observations which have been recorded by artists from Donovan to the Pogues and by female stars like Joan Baez, Mary Black and June Tabor.
Best known for his World War One themed The Band Played Waltzing Matilda and No Man's Land, Bogle has around 20 albums to his name. The most recent, Colour of Dreams (Greentrax), is soon to be followed by the just-completed Other People's Children.