The Christians and Hue & Cry
Friday 25th May 2018
Doors Open: 19:00
Advanced Ticket Price: £25
Age Restriction: 14+
THE CHRISTIANS, are outstanding, soul influenced group who had hits in the late 80’s and 90’s including ‘Forgotten Town’, ‘Harvest For The World’, ‘Born Again’, ‘Ideal World’, and ‘Hooverville’.
Followed up their 1987 self-titled million selling debut album with the number one hit album ‘Colour’ in 1990, which heralded the magnificent tracks ‘Words’ and ‘Father’, while The Daily Mirror described the voice of Garry Christian as “the best voice of the decade”.
The name THE CHRISTIANS refers simply to the brother’s surname AND HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RELIGIOUS CONNOTATIONS!! (the original line-up included Roger, Russell and Garry, as well as Henry Priestman) and the band were also renowned for the strong messages and morals in their songs. During their rise to fame the Liverpool based band packed out international and UK stadiums and developed a reputation for being ‘socially aware’ …. unsurprisingly comparisons were drawn to The Temptations due to the depth, range and warmth of the brother’s vocal harmonies.
Fast forward to 2017 and the group – are still headed by their unique selling point … the smooth toned Garry Christian and sound ‘tighter’ than ever before with Mr Christian’s voice being perfectly complimented by keyboards by Mike Triggs, Drums – Lionel Duke, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals Neil Griffiths, Electric Guitar – Joey Ankrah, bass guitar – Cliff Watson … Garry sounds (and looks) better than ever. Their set includes all the old hits (sounding remarkably slick) and a taste of the new album plus a rumoured comedy entertainment by frontman Garry.
The Christians are enjoying a surge of publicity following the new album release and 25th anniversary ‘deluxe’ re-issue having recently been received well by 20,000 fans at the 80s REWIND Henley and Scotland as well as guest appearances at ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL.
Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983, the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’ as well as the massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love.’ Albums like ‘Stars Crash Down’ and ‘Jazz Not Jazz’ ensured Hue and Cry’s continued triumph in the 1990’s, whilst the release of the hugely applauded ‘Open Soul’ in 2008 brought them firmly back into the limelight. The release of their seasonal album ‘Xmasday’ (2009) and live album ‘Bitter Suite, Again’ (2010), preceded the release of ‘Hot Wire’ (2012) which received rave reviews. To date Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide.
2014 signalled the 25th anniversary of the seminal Hue and Cry album ‘Remote’, released to not only huge acclaim but to multi-platinum success, spawning the singles ‘Ordinary Angel’, ‘Violently’ and ‘Looking For Linda’. To mark this Hue and Cry released ‘Remote: Major To Minor’ a multi – media celebration of ‘Remote’ which comes as a limited edition 48 page book containing four discs, including a re-worked and re-imagined version of the original album. In 2015 the brothers have returned to the live scene with both their piano & vocal format and their live full on band appearing as part of the Rewind Festival tour. 2015 also marked the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth an artist whose career has been a huge influence on Pat and Greg’s musical style. To celebrate they recorded ‘September Songs’ a covers album dedicated to the original Chairman of the Board. Hue and Cry are currently in the studio working on new material so watch this space!
Hue and Cry have garnered a wealth of publicity throughout their career and most recently with notable TV, Radio and Press outlets such as BBC Breakfast TV (BBC1); LIVE with Gabby TV (Channel 5); Jools Holland, Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2); Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music); Robert Elms (BBC London); Uncut, Record Collector, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, Daily Express, Scotsman.
Hue and Cry have sold tens of thousands of concert tickets worldwide, as well as performing alongside some of the greatest artists in music history, appearing with U2, James Brown, Madonna, Al Green and Van Morrison to name but a few. The duo were recognised by their peers when they were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Music Awards.
Hue and Cry perform as a two piece ‘stripped’ line up.
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