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The Queen Of Blues Is Back In Front Of Her Adoring Subjects
She is one of the most successful British female artists of all time. And, thankfully for fans of the sublime Elkie Brooks, she is back on the road with a new UK tour that continues to sell out music venues across the country. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and a collection of music awards to her name, Elkie's live tours have always proven to be a real treat for her fans old and new, and this one promises to be no different.

Elkie Brooks
Elkie Brooks is back on the road in a new tour

Elkie, who performs a sell-out concert at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Saturday 8 April, can rightly be described as one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. Now in the fifth decade of her career, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents around. Elkie recently released the latest in a long line of impressive albums with the appropriately titled 5 Classic Albums CD / Box Set being unveiled in 2016 including 'Two Days Away' (1977), 'Shooting Star' (1978), 'Live and Learn' (1979), 'Pearls' (1981) and 'Pearls II' (1982).

Elkie Brooks
Catch Elkie as she belts out her classic hits. CC BY 2.5,

Best known for her powerful husky voice, Elkie will be treating audiences on her latest tour to some of her classic hits, such as "Pearl's a Singer", "Lilac Wine", "Don't Cry Out Loud", "Fool (If You Think It's Over)", and "No More the Fool", while also performing blues and jazz numbers in keeping with her title as the British Queen of Blues. Despite the passing years, she remains a stunning live performer who is certain to leave her fans begging for more. It is hard to believe that the top-selling singles and album star started out as far back as 1960 when, at the tender age of 15, the young Elaine Bookbinder entered a prototype of today's reality talent show in Manchester that promised to put the winner on a national pop package tour.

Lichfield Garrick
The Lichfield Garrick will be sold out on April 8

The 60s saw her focus on performing jazz, blues and R&B but she gradually began to explore the music of rock and jazz fusion band Dada, which later progressed into the hard rocking R&B band Vinegar Joe where she shared lead vocals with the late Robert Palmer. Her huge breakthrough came with the solo release of the million selling single "Pearl's A Singer" that transcended her from performing in pubs and clubs to selling out London's Royal Albert Hall. Further success came with the back to back release of her two Pearls albums in the early 80's that broke all records and together remained in the charts for an incredible 105 weeks. Then in 1986 came the release of "No More The Fool" which even eclipsed the success of "Pearl's A Singer". In more recent years Elkie's career has taken her in many different directions, from contemporary to traditional jazz, and even to the home of country music in Nashville.

Lichfield Garrick
A great concert awaits at the Lichfield Garrick

Forthcoming UK Tour Dates

March 18 FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
March 24 SWINDON Wyvern Theatre

April 01 WESTON SUPER MARE Playhouse
April 08 LICHFIELD Garrick Theatre
April 29 LONDON Cadogan Hall

May 12 SOUTHAMPTON Concorde Club
May 19 FARNHAM The Maltings

June 10 SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
June 16 BASINGSTOKE The Anvil
June 18 SALFORD The Lowry

July 02 BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
July 08 LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
July 20 YORK Grand Opera House
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Why? Another Chance To See One Of Best Ever Female Artists
When: Saturday 8 April
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets £26 each
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