Karen Matheson, for over thirty years at the heart of Celtic folk band Capercaillie’s sound, has made only occasional forays into solo work, and issued her fourth album, ‘Urram’ last year. So it’s a relatively rare treat to see and hear her in a small group setting in the intimate confines of Sale’s Waterside Arts Centre. Also on the bill were the young Orkney group Fara, who got the evening off to a rousing start.
Now many people knock TV talent shows, but thanks to the X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, tonight we were treated to the incredible voices of G4 who were supported by the equally amazing Vox Futura. Margaret Keys, a beautiful Irish Soprano, joins them and admits to also being a contestant on a talent show ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria', which enabled her to work alongside Andrew-Lloyd Webber. Also appearing are ' The Rock Choir', a phenomenal choir with over 23,000 members (about 80 performing tonight) from 320 nationwide communities and is open to anyone who just loves to sing. They too have appeared at major concert halls and a documentary in 2011 was made by ITV about them, 'The Choir That Rocks'. G4 and Margaret Keys are also backed by a brilliant four piece band with A J on guitar, Zak on drums, Jamie on Keyboard and Ben on Bass.
Ray Quinn has done a lot with his time over the years. He spent 3 years in the Liverpool soap opera, Brookside, between 2000 and 2003. In 2006 he was on the 3rd series of X factor where he was runner up. In 2009, Ray won Dancing on Ice and also won the final of Dancing on Ice ‘All Stars’ series on 2014. He then went on to win the first series of ‘Get Your Act Together’ where he learned the craft of impressionism. In between all this he has appeared in musicals such as Grease, Legally Blonde, Dirty Dancing and numerous pantos.
“Yorkshire lass pleases her loyal fans”
Jane McDonald’s tour ‘making memories’ hits the Palace Theatre on a lovely summers evening. The theatre was packed with her extremely loyal fan base, Jane McDonald from Yorkshire rose to fame in 1998 after her appearance on the BBC show ‘The Cruise’ and since then has co-presented a number of daytime shows, including ‘Loose Women’ and ‘Star Treatment’.
Tribute artists in my opinion are here so you can be transported back to a time or a place and relive the excitement and the music all over again, and this evening, I'm seeing T-Rextasy at the Opera House, Manchester presented by Sweeney Entertainments.
Now, I should point out I'm only 23 years of age and as I entered the theatre; I was probably one of the youngest there, and I expected that, Mark Bolan tragically died in 1977 in a car crash so most people of my generation would maybe not be the most ofay with the T-Rex music.
The Spice Girls are the most successful girl group of all time. Whether you like them or not Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty are names that we’re all familiar with. Therefore, it seems that the group is iconic enough to have a tribute act. However, ‘Spice Up Your Life’ fail on almost every aspect.
'One Night of Queen' is an in your face Queen tribute performed by Gary Mullen & The Works (The Works being Billy Moffat, Jon Halliwell, Malcolm Gentles and David Brockett). Gary won the "Stars in Their Eyes" live grand final in 2000 and hasn't looked back since, performing regularly on television and also touring.
Tonight's show is in celebration of what would have been Buddy Holly's 80th birthday on September 7th and is performed at the Stockport Plaza with its wonderful art deco style and equally wonderful and friendly staff.
The intimate space at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool was the perfect environment for a night of acoustic music by two excellent singer songwriters.
The evening began with a short support performance by Christina Malley; a local girl from Liverpool who was accompanied on keys by the incredibly talented artist and producer Tee (SPXKEN). Christina's track 'Fall' was a personal highlight. For those who have yet to hear Christina, one can find a few of her tracks online; you won't be disappointed.
I've got a question for you; which artist or performer have you always wanted to see live but couldn't?
For me, I have three; Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Elvis so imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to watch one of the number 1 Elvis tribute artists live on stage at the Manchester Palace Theatre.
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