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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot – O2 Academy, Sheffield Friday 30th October 2015 November 18, 2015


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at the Shepherds Bush Empire

My oh my have I been tardy on completing my recent reviews! Anyway a few weeks ago I accompanied the beautiful Catwoman (a.k.a. my wonderful wife Catherine) to see Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at the O2 Academy in Sheffield. As singers they are both extremely talented and Mr Heaton still has a knack for writing some superb and timeless songs. The band was also on top form.

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There were some excellent performances from their new album including “Man Is The Biggest Bitch” and a rousing, foot stomping take on the excellent “Heatongrad”. Their performance of “DIY” from their previous had the whole place bouncing. Obviously there were the obligatory Beautiful South songs, my favourite of these was “Rotterdam”. The Housemartins back catalogue also made a few appearances with “Fun Fun Fun” and “Happy Hour” proving both their longevity and greatness. But perhaps for me the highlight of the night was “Caravan Of Love” absolutely sublime!

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If you have never seen Heaton and Abbott live then I suggest you get yourself a ticket for their next gig near you, even if you have to sell your Grandma’s commode and your Granddad’s stair lift. You will not be disappointed even if your grandparents are disappointed in you!

 

“They joined together and decided not to fight” Blog Advent Calendar Day 6 December 6, 2014


TheFarmNot long to go now until the bearded weirdy drops down your chimney is it? Today is 6th December and that means it’s day six in this years Advent blog post series. In case you are new to this site let me remind you that this years theme is the ABC of British bands and today we are at the letter ‘F’. I have chosen Liverpool’s the Farm to appear behind the little cardboard door on todays advent calendar. Let’s face it, they’re better than chocolate aren’t they?

616e5b539694f09ffa5b400cc46ec280The band formed in 1983 although they didn’t score their first chart hit until 1990 when they had two UK top ten hits with “Groovy Train” and “All Together Now” both from their album ‘Spartacus’. That album was produced by Stan Cullimore and Paul Heaton off of the Housemartins and Suggs off of Madness.

3l“All Together Now” is about the unauthorised spontaneous truce between German and British soldiers on Christmas Day 1914. This was the first Christmas of the first world war and the soldiers stepped out of their trenches for a game of football. Sadly the powers that be made sure that it never happened again. The song has been rereleased for football reasons twice as well. For Everton’s 1995 FA Cup Final appearance and for the England team in their 2004 European Championships campaign. There is charity recording of the song scheduled for release on 15th December in aid of the Shorncliffe Trust and the British Red Cross. Shara Nelson, Clean Bandit, Gabrielle, Alexandra Burke, David Gray, Guy Chambers, Amelle Berrabah, Mick Jones (off of the Clash), Jermain Jackman and Gorgon City are among a number of artists who took part in the recording. Buy it, you know it makes sense!

 

 
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