Christie joins growing tide of live music

Tony Christie (2006)
Tony Christie (2006)

HIT singer Tony Christie is to play Harrogate next year at the Royal Hall.

The show, organised by local promoters Kula Production, is part of a new trend for major names in popular music to play Harrogate venues such as Harrogate Theatre and, indeed, the Royal Hall.

Among the acts set to appear in the theatre early in the new year are Lesley Garrett, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and Nick Lowe.

As for Christie, the vocalist, who has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 40 years, the ever-popular singer is set to come to the Royal Hall on Saturday, April, 20 thanks to the efforts of Kula’s founder, the late John Haxby, and Mike Addison.

It’s believed to be the first-ever appearance in Harrogate for Christie who has sold over 10 million records with hits such as I Did What I did for Maria, Is This the Way to Amorillo and Avenues and Alleyways.

The Sheffield-based vocalist rise to fame began in the early 70s before he endured a period in the doldrums in the changing musical fashions of the 80s.

The 90’s, however, saw Christie return to chart success with Sweet September and the Jarvis Cocker song Walk Like a Panther.

In 2002, Is This the Way to Amarillo was used in the TV comedy series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.

The song was re-released in 2005 in aid of Comic Relief, reaching Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

This led to the biggest sales for a No1 single for the whole year, with seven weeks at the chart pinnacle.

His album, The Definitive Collection also climbed to the No1 spot in the UK album the following week breaking records when it also came in at No1 on the downloads chart.

Christie recently released a charity single Steal The Sun in aid of theAfghan HeroesCharity.

The single is available for download only on iTunes, HMVand Amazon. All proceeds will go to the charity.

Tickets are currently available online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or www.kula-productions.com

In the meantime, Harrogate Theatre is intent on starting 2012 with top musical styling to tickle the taste buds and hit the high notes for lovers of all genres of music.

On Tuesday, January 31, award-winning CBE performer Lesley Garrett will make her first appearance at Harrogate Theatre as part of an up-close and personal tour.

Back by popular demand, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra will perform their renowned classic arrangements and Big Band tunes on Saturday, February 4.

Perfect for a Valentine’s day treat, Sincerely Noël was devised by BBC’s renowned impressionist, stand up comedian and Olivier nominated actor Alistair McGowan.

Joining him at Harrogate Theatre on Tuesday, February 14 to perform timeless poems and songs by the legendary Noël Coward will be criticially-acclaimed soprano Charlotte Page.

Talented music group, Moishe’s Bagel will burst onto the stage with their distinctive sound which combines the energy and passion of Eastern European folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation on Wednesday, February 15.

Also appearing at Harrogate Theatre in the New Year is renowned guitarist Preston Reed on Friday-- Saturday, February 10-11.

British songwriting legend singer/songwriter Nick Lowe plays the theatre on Friday, February 24 bringing hits such as (What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, The Beast in Me, I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, Cruel to Be Kind, So It Goes and more..

Finally, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson appears at the theatre on Saturday, April 21.

l For tickets, visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or telephone 01423 502 116.