Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Went to the Shepherds Bush Empire last night to see Paul Heaton, former front man of the Housemartins and Beautiful South, in his current joint venture with Jacqui Abbott. The show was a sell out in what is a small and atmospheric venue. In addition to a selection of songs from their new album, which currently sits at number 3 in the chart, they also dipped into Paul’s wide and brilliant back catalogue. His lyrics have always been excellent mixing humour with poignancy but often with a clear and blunt message and as usual his commentary between songs kept everyone amused. A great evening which was well received by the audience with plenty of opportunities to sing along with some classic songs. It was also nice to go to a concert where I did not seem to be about the oldest there! Support was from Cherry Ghost – a particularly classy support with a really distinctive voice. His new album seems to be back to his best (which is a hint for Fathers Day!) All in all 10 out of 10!

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