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Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott + Cherry Ghost
Legendary The Housemartins and The Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton is heading out on a UK tour in May 2014 with fellow Beautiful South singer, Jacqui Abbott.
‘What Have We Become’ is the new album from Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, and marks their return together on record for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who in the 1990s and early 2000s released a string of critically-acclaimed records.
‘What Have We Become’ is a wonderful contemporary record, full of lyrical wit and humour, whilst retaining a strong social conscience that touches on the changing social landscape of Britain (‘One Man’s England’, ‘When I Get Back To Blighty’), stereotypes in music (‘I Am Not A Muse’), whilst ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Some Dancing To Do’ deal with issues of loss.
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English singer-songwriter Paul Heaton, most famous for his roles within The Housemartins and The Beautiful South and for writing hits such as Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her and Perfect 10.
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Jacqui Abbott was the female lead singer with the band The Beautiful South after 1994, following the departure of Briana Corrigan.
The band were arguably more successful with Abbott on board, releasing several Top 10 singles. Amongst their most successful hits during her stint were: 'Rotterdam', 'Perfect 10', 'Don't Marry Her' and 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' (cover). Abbott was discovered by Paul Heaton, the Beautiful South's other lead singer, after she and a friend met him outside a night club. Heaton invited them to a party, where Abbot's friend encouraged her to sing. Heaton was impressed with her singing, and later invited her to audition to replace Corrigan.
She left the band in 2000, because of the pressure of touring, to concentrate on looking after her son, who had just been diagnosed with autism.
Jacqui Abbott reunited with Paul Heaton in June 2011 to perform in his musical The 8th and has continued to gig with him.
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Epic and heartfelt indie-pop from this Manchester group. Tinged with hints of country, folk and Americana, Cherry Ghost make 'songs of staggering beauty, the best kept secret in Manchester.' - City Life.
Cherry Ghost began in 2005, first as an alias for Simon Aldred as a solo artist, before morphing into a full band. Early sessions with Doves bassist and vocalist Jimi Goodwin and a special appearance on Later...with Jools Holland helped excel the band's beginnings.
Cherry Ghost were one of only a handful of bands and musicians to have been invited onto Jools Holland's programme before having released any material. They then signed to Heavenly Records and their debut album 'Thirst For Romance' entered the UK Albums Chart at #7. They have since gone on to receive critical acclaim in 2010 for their follow-up album, 'Beneath This Burning Shoreline'.
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