Beautiful South Survivors to Continue Comeback at Nerve Centre

Beautiful South Survivors to Continue Comeback at Nerve Centre

Following their ecstatically received, sold out run of performances this past June, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced details of a full Irish tour this Autumn starting at the Nerve Centre, October 26, as part of Music City with support from Derry City Council.

Earlier this year Paul and Jacqui returned on record together 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 albums.

Before their split in 2007, Jacqui Abbot was the female vocalist who contributed to the band’s biggest hits, including ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Perfect 10’ and ‘Don’t Marry Her’.

Now reunited with founding co-frontman Heaton, 2014’s ‘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.

Set to perform new songs alongside classic tracks from the back catalogues of The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, the pair are clearly delighted to be working together again.

Paul Heaton: ‘Working with Jacqui again was like going into your garage and discovering a beautiful, covered up Rolls Royce that hadn't been started in years. Jacqui is one of the best singers I've worked with and is also part of my past. It was only a matter of time before I asked her.’

‘I always wrote songs with Jacqui in mind. Even before I met her I pictured a voice that could carry the songs into people's hearts in a particular way. When I first heard her sing I almost laughed because it was SO right for the songs.’

Jacqui Abbott: ‘It’s just great to be singing again after such a long time, especially with Paul. We had such a good run together previously and it’s just a real pleasure to be working with him again and singing these fantastic songs’.

Tickets are priced at £23.50 inclusive of booking fee and go on sale Friday, July 25 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie and the Nerve Centre box office.

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