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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Tue 24th Oct SOLD OUT


MCD Presents
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
The Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 24th October 2017


Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced details of Irish tour dates including a date at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Tuesday 24th October.

Tickets priced from €36.50 inclusive of booking fee & €1 renovation levy went on via, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330, however please note all tickets are now completely sold out, no more will be available unfortunately.

The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served. 

Approximate stage times as follows: doors open 7pm, support from Niall Kelly from 7.45pm, with Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott due on stage around 8.45pm. We expect the show to be over by 11pm. Please note, times are subject to change as always and should be used as a guideline only.

If the UK’s national treasures are by and large defined by their obsessive attention to craft, then Paul Heaton should be among the most celebrated. He has been one of the UK’s more astute songwriters - composer of the most joyful melodies, the most barbed lyrics - for four full decades now. But where some artists, even venerable ones, can tend to coast somewhat in midlife, 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, surely one of that decade’s more gleefully idiosyncratic acts. Who else, after all, dared mix Christian imagery with Marxist leanings, a dollop of humour and a side dish of gospel? By 1989, he was fronting the Beautiful South, and set about subverting the entire concept of the radio-friendly love song. Beautiful South’s canon was, and remains, full of lovely red roses that teetered on stalks of sharp thorns. ‘Song For Whoever’, which reached number two in 1989, was to all intents and purposes a classic ballad, but it was also one written from the point of view of a cynical songwriter who pursued love simply to write more songs about love; and it remains wryly amusing to hear ‘Don’t Marry Her’ still getting heavy rotation on Heart FM today when you know that the album version of the polite single edit features the line “sweaty bollocks” and the joyful chorus of: “Don’t marry her, fuck me”, sung by Jacqui Abbott, a former supermarket shelf stacker, in arguably the most sublime country voice this side of Nashville.

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.

“Things went a bit quiet for me about 10 years ago - my solo years - and I thought to myself: fair enough, this will be the beginning of my long, slow retirement,” he says. “But since Jacqui and I started singing together again, it seems to have taken off once more. We get such a great reaction - to the records, to the concerts, to the old material and the new. And that’s just great. You know, all I ever wanted was to be a professional musician in life, and I’m amazed I managed it. I feel honoured. I feel lucky.”

The man’s a bona fide treasure. We should pickle him.

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