Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are delighted to announce a headline show in Limelight 1, Belfast on 21st October 2017.
Formerly members of Beautiful South, the duo are touring support of new album ‘Crooked Calypso’ out on Virgin EMI on 21st July 2017. ‘Crooked Calypso’ boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s peerless songwriting: songs buoyant with melody, and redolent with biting wit, but also real emotion.
If our national treasures are by and large defined by their obsessive attention to craft, then Paul Heaton should be among our most celebrated. He has been one of the country’s more astute songwriters for four full decades now. Heaton, along with his musical foil Jacqui Abbott, is just hitting his stride. The duo’s new album, ‘Crooked Calypso’, brims with his newly-discovered zest for life.
Paul Heaton first found fame in the mid-1980s with The Housemartins. By 1989, he was fronting the Beautiful South, and set about subverting the entire concept of the radio-friendly love song. Beautiful South sold 15 million records before breaking up in 2007 due to “musical similarities”. Few of his peers could boast such sales. Heaton went solo, while Abbott devoted time to raising her autistic son. When he contacted her again in 2011 with a view to collaborating once more, Abbott was thrilled. Paul and Jacqui have since released two acclaimed albums as a duo: ‘What Have We Become’ and ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ which both went top 5.
With ‘Crooked Calypso’ their best album yet, Heaton & Abbott are an ongoing narrative. There will be more albums from them, not simply because they have more to say and more to sing, but because the pair of them are still so much in demand, and still so very beloved.
Tickets on sale Friday July 7th at 9:30am – buy yours here.