80’s legends Hue & Cry have officially confirmed a return to the live music scene with a brand new Irish Tour Date this coming May 2012. Hue & Cry have confirmed that they will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Friday the 11th of May 2012. Tickets for Hue & Cry live at Vicar Street are priced from €28 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Hue & Cry live at Vicar Street in Dublin.
Hue and Cry burst onto the UK music scene in the late 1980’s with the outstandingly successful albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’. This period saw the band produce some of their most auspicious hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love’, ‘Violently’, and ‘Looking for Linda’. Their award winning style of intellectual, yet appealing pop songs, fused with their unique brand of soulfulness gave rise to their continued success as the band advanced ‘full-steam-ahead’ into the nineties, releasing acclaimed work which includes the chart‐storming Top Ten album ‘Stars Crash Down’.
A move away from the pop mainstream to concentrate on other projects saw Pat and Greg Kane make a triumphant return in 2008 with their first pop album in sometime ‐ the much applauded ‘Open Soul’ which boasted a energetic and synergetic combination of the band’s classic ‘pop-soul’ sound, coupled with fresh and on occasion ‘stripped down’ production.
Extensive UK touring supported the release of ‘Open Soul’, and February 2009 saw the release of a definitive selection of the band’s earlier work including hits, rare mixes, extended versions and B‐sides, entitled ‘The Collection’. The end of 2009 saw the release of ‘Xmasday’, which contained a vibrant mixture of brand new Hue and Cry festive tracks along with some classic songs and seasonal favourites.
To round off the year and compliment the release of ‘Xmasday’, Hue and Cry celebrated all things ‘Xmas’ with their fans in December 2009 by presenting the immensely successful ‘History City Weekend’ in their home town – an event that saw Pat and Greg perform two special shows over one weekend at the renowned ABC venue on Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street – one night an intimate ‘piano & vocal’ show, followed by a ‘full-on’ 7 piece band spectacular!
Due to the phenomenal success of this weekend, the band released ‘Bitter Suite Again’, a live CD & DVD follow up to ‘Bitter Suite’ (platinum best selling album originally released in 1989), which had been recorded at the History City Weekend’ piano & vocal show. To the delight of fans, February, 2011 saw the brothers host the follow up to this event, with ‘The Hue and Cry Glasgow Kiss Weekend’, another weekend of dazzling performances, both ‘piano & vocal’ and ‘full band’. Due to popular demand, the weekend was released as two live albums, containing classic Hue and Cry songs and cover versions hand selected by the brothers themselves.
Friday the 16th of March 2012, marks the highly anticipated release of a brand new studio album from Hue and Cry entitled ‘Hot Wire’. The album is a collection of stunning early New Orleans funk inspired songs, from the brother’s collective love of early 70’s Funk and Soul music. The result is a musical merge of complex melodies, harmonies and funk rhythms with a style that remains distinctive to Hue and Cry. The album contains sharp political and social commentary that is as relevant and poignant today, as it was with the release of the politically laced ‘Labour of Love’ in 1987.From reflections on the struggle of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in ‘Duty to the Debtor’ to the loss of military lives within ‘I Can Have It All.’
To coincide with the release of the new album, Pat and Greg will be returning to the O2 ABC Glasgow in March 2012 for the ‘Hot Wire Weekend’. The weekend is set to be the band’s most highly anticipated live event yet. Friday, March 30th will see Pat and Greg perform an intimate piano & vocal performance which is to be followed on Saturday, March 31st with the brothers lining up as part of their full seven piece band. The weekend is set to include a host of amazing extras and a few surprises.
Pat and Greg are very much looking forward to playing the new material as Pat reflects,
“We have been busy working away on ‘Hot Wire’ throughout 2011, we can’t wait to perform the new material live, to see the fans and their response to it.” Greg adds, “It’s great to be back in the saddle, we are raring to go for the next 12 months.”
Hue and Cry have performed alongside some of the most prolific names in the business including U2, James Brown, Van Morrison, Madonna and Al Green as well as playing to thousands on their own headline tours. Pat and Greg are very much looking forward to engaging with fans once again on tour in 2012.
Hue and Cry have a long‐term plan to stick around and continue to do what they do best – to engage, challenge and entertain their fans old and new.
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