Singer songwriters at Tingewick gig

Darden Smith
Darden Smith

Two performers with unusual names are appearing in Empty Rooms’ latest gig at Tingewick Village Hall on Saturday.

“I have put both these fine singer songwriters on separately in the past and it is great to have them together,” said promoter Mike Trotman.

Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith were moving along separate career paths until 1989 – Hewerdine as a member the UK-based indie band The Bible and Smith as a Texas-based singer songwriter more rooted in folk and country music.

After being introduced to each other by Boo’s publisher, the pair proceeded to co-write and record Evidence, a gem of an album that perfectly melded their songwriting and musical influences into one cohesive sound.

As luck would have it, great reviews for the album came in just as the label was going broke.

In the years since then, the two have built separate careers that have somehow remained remarkably similar.

For this concert, they will be performing on their own, and as a duo, singing songs, telling stories, and probably making each other laugh.

Support will be provided by Scottish singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon.

Tickets are £12 in advance and £14 on the night, and they can be purchased from the Royal Oak pub in Tingewick, the Visitor Information Centre in Buckingham’s Old Gaol or online at