Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will release their fourth studio album Manchester Calling on 6th March 2020. It boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet songwriting – effortlessly catchy melodies allied with an everyman’s biting exasperation at the modern world alongside some truly heartfelt love songs.
To coincide with the album release Paul, Jacqui and the band will be embarking on a tour of the UK in April & May.
Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 15 million album sales under his belt, first came to public attention in the early 80s as front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins (the same group that spawned Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook), best known for their third single Happy Hour and their No 1 acapella Isley Bros cover Caravan Of Love. The Housemartins released two albums London 0 Hull 4 and The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death.
In ’88 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums - Welcome To The Beautiful South, Choke, 0898 Beautiful South, Miaow, Blue Is The Colour, Quench, Painting It Red, Gaze, Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs and Superbi.
In 2001 Heaton took a break from The Beautiful South and released his first solo album Fat Chance. The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 citing ‘musical similarities’. Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from ’94 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream.
Paul Heaton went on to release two further solo albums: The Cross-Eyed Rambler and Acid Country. In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called ‘The 8th’ based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts. They have since released three acclaimed albums as a duo: What Have We Become and Wisdom, Laughter and Lines and Crooked Calypso. Last year Paul released a career spanning compilation of his biggest hits and more entitled The Last King Of Pop.
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