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The Queen Of Scottish Folk And Pop Music In New UK Tour
The multi-million selling singer Barbara Dickson is going back on the road with a new show and new album, but happily with the same accomplished band. The award-winning performer, and Olivier Award-winning actress for good measure, is embarking on a 2017 UK tour appropriately titled 'In Good Company.' Barbara, together with her full band, will be playing 22 dates across the country, starting on February 1 at Birmingham Town Hall and also including the Lichfield Garrick theatre on February 24.
A new CD has been released to coincide with her new tour
Joining Barbara will be Troy Donockley on Uilleann pipes, electric and acoustic guitar and whistles, Russell Field on drums and percussion, Brad Lang on bass and Nick Holland on keyboards. The tour coincides with the release of Barbara's new CD EP called 'Five Songs' which has been produced and arranged by Troy, her long-term musical collaborator who has previously produced several of her studio albums including 'Full Circle,' 'Time & Tide,' 'Words Unspoken,' and 2014's 'Winter'. Barbara says: "I'm very excited to be going out on the road again with what will be my first 'full band' tour for two years. We'll be playing a selection of my hits, some of my own favourites and a selection of new material, including some tracks from new CD, 'Five Songs'. This tour will mark 40 years since I played my first headlining tour, way back in 1977, but it certainly doesn't feel that long. I'm enjoying it more now than ever!"
Barbara will perform a range of material drawing on her folk roots as well as performing globally known hits such as The Caravan Song, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and her first hit single, 'Answer Me', which was released in 1976. It is all a long way from when the Dunfermline-born Barbara began studying piano at the tender age of five, followed at the age of 12 by taking up the guitar. She developed an interest in folk music whilst at school which led to appearances singing at her local folk club. After relocating to Edinburgh, she went on to combine a day job in the Civil Service whilst steadily pursuing her first love of music in local pubs and clubs. After quitting her job in 1968 Barbara concentrated full-time on a folk singing career, but it was almost a decade later that her breakthrough single arrived with, 'Answer Me', which led to a guest residency on the BBC's hugely successful 'The Two Ronnies' comedy show.
Another Suitcase in Another Hall' followed in 1977 when Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber invited Barbara to sing on the original cast recording of their new musical 'Evita'. And further hit singles were not far behind, including 'Caravans' and 'January, February', leading to regular TV appearances and sold-out tours which confirmed her place as one of the UK's most popular female vocalists. Barbara also began to forge a successful acting career with a debut starring role in Willy Russell's new musical, 'Blood Brothers,' in 1983 which earned her the 'Best Actress in a Musical' award from the Society of West End Theatres. Other acting roles led to major TV shows including 'Taggart' and 'Band of Gold', while on stage she won a second Olivier award in 2000 playing infamous 1960's pools winner, Viv Nicholson, in the musical 'Spend Spend Spend'. And in 1985 Barbara's single 'I Know Him So Well,' recorded with Elaine Paige and taken from the musical 'Chess', reached Number One in the UK and a Top Ten hit around the world.
Barbara sounding as good as ever
Over the years Barbara, who was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to music and drama, has moved away from pop and back towards her roots in folk and acoustic music. She has presented several radio series for BBC Radio Scotland exploring folk and roots music, and has performed at and co-presented the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
UK tour dates
FEB 01 - BIRMINGHAM - Town Hall FEB 02 - PORTHCAWL - Grand Pavilion FEB 04 - YEOVIL - Octagon Theatre FEB 05 - ISLE OF WIGHT - Medina Theatre
FEB 07 - SOUTH SHIELDS - Customs House
FEB 09 - HARLOW - Playhouse
FEB 10 - EVESHAM - Regal
FEB 11 - LONDON - Union Chapel
FEB 12 - LYTHAM ST ANNES - Lowther Pavilion
FEB 14 - SHREWSBURY - Theatre Severn
FEB 15 - WESTON-SUPER-MARE - Playhouse
FEB 17 - HUNSTANTON - Princess Theatre
FEB 18 - REDHILL - The Harlequin
FEB 19 - CLACTON - West Cliff Theatre
FEB 22 - LOWESTOFT - Marina Theatre
FEB 23 - MILTON KEYNES - The Stables
FEB 24 - LICHFIELD - Garrick
FEB 26 - DUNFERMLINE - Carnegie Hall
FEB 27 - EDINBURGH - Queens Hall
FEB 28 - PERTH - Concert Hall
MAR 01 - GLASGOW - Royal Concert Hall
MAR 03 - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall