Happy New Year
A huge highlight of my career was working with THE Roy Wood. The man is a genius in my opinion and when he asked if I would be his special guest at his Rockmas show at Birmingham Symphony Hall I could barely contain my excitement.
I grew up listening to The Move and saw them at the Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) NME Poll Winners Concert May 11th 1969! Wish I could remember what I was wearing? Carl Wayne was the singer (as well as Roy) and I remember thinking he was dead sexy that day in his leather trousers. And those incredible songs, all written by Roy, from the superb Flowers in the Rain (first record to be played on Radio 1 by Tony Blackburn in 1967), to the siren-vocals of Fire Brigade and the dark and mysterious Blackberry Way, and that was just the beginning, before Wizzard etc. etc.
When I arrived in Birmingham for the concert I couldn't wait to hear his set - I've attached the set list here as well as a lovely pic of Roy and his backing singers Sharon and Michelle. Together with his band he had a string section and wrote a beautiful arrangement for Cry Me A River, as well as Just What I've Always Wanted. They sounded terrific. Then, the highlight of the night for me was singing I Wish it could be Christmas Every Day with Roy! What a privilege. I do hope we get to work together again sometime (watch this space).
Did a great show with the British electric Foundation just before Christmas too, always have a fabulous time with those guys.
Went to the Royal Festival Hall in December to see Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Christmas show which was SO good. What a family! Lucy Wainwright was also appearing and she has a voice as clear as a bell, I hope to go and see her solo show when she's here soon. It was really festive and they had guests such as Guy Garvey, Chrisssie Hynde, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ed Harcourt, Neil Tennant, Dan Gillespie was the MD and his band, The Feeling, played for everyone (they were all excellent) and the guitarist James Walbourne and his wife Kami Thompson, (together known as The Rails). Also Kami's mum, the renowned Linda Thompson and her grandson Zak Hobbs, it really was a Family Affair! Jenni Muldaur (daughter of Maria). Actress and singer Martha Plimpton did a great version of Silver Bells with Martha and Lucy. Rufus brought the house down with an acapela version of Oh Holy Night, sensational. The whole evening was absolutely glorious and a great start to our Christmas.
We always go along to Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate to see their excellent musical, this year it was 42nd Street featuring some absolutely incredible tap dancing, such talent and energy!
My very talented friend Claire Moore is in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre and it's a fabulous production, do go if you can. Claire is terrific as she is in everything and I was thrilled when Petula Clark appeared as the bird lady. Feed the Birds is such an emotional song and she was perfect. I was lucky enough to meet Petula afterwards, such an icon - all those hits! She was delightful. See pic.
As usual we went along to the Palladium to see Julian Clary and Paul O'Grady on Boxing Day in Goldilocks. Julian was the Ringmaster so you can imagine the innuendos...
1st February I shall be bringing my own show to Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Back to The Astor Theatre in Deal on 8th February, then two Valentines shows - The Pheasantry on 14th and Hemel Hempstead Town Hall on the 15th. and two new venues for me, The Beggars Theatre in Millom on 20th and The Waterside Arts Centre in Sale on 21st. All on the tour dates page if you want to book tickets.
June 2019 I finally managed to get back to Scotland for some shows and I would love to do more. So I have the exciting news that I'll be appearing at the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh as special guest of Allan Stewart who brings his Variety Show there on 10th to the 14th so I look forward to seeing you. I shall be singing and possibly tapping into my comic timing, who knows?
I am working on something exciting for later in the year as well as concentrating on new material and a new show for the future.
I'll be in touch...X
Happy New Year!!!!
I can't quite believe how remiss i have been with my news page. I suppose since July 2017 I've been outrageously busy! (Of course). Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. In fact, the remainder of 2017 was spent working on a ship around the Mediterranean as well as a few other shows including the lovely Astor Theatre in Deal, Kent, the Georgian Theatre in Stockton and Ugland Auditorium at Stowe (very posh that was).
November I mainly had the flu, followed by Christmas. Went to The Palladium to see Dick Whittington starring the Queen of Panto, Julian Clary, he never disappoints. We are creatures of habit and as usual we went to Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate to see the fabulous Christmas musical, Top Hat.
I had a romantic night playing The Pheasantry in London Valentines Day and got the news that my song, Moon and Back, had been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award! I'd written the song with R.C. Cates for the U.S. TV Show, The Young and the Restless. I didn't win but hey, I got nominated!
March brought yet another dose of the flu! I've had Type 1 Diabetes for 40 years and even though I keep myself fit and follow a very healthy diet, my immune system still won't tow the line, ah well...
April I went off to Los Angeles for the Daytime Emmys! What fun! I was given lovely shoes and boots to wear, courtesy of Badgely Mishka, thank you. I could've had a dress to wear too but decided to go and shop for my outfits as I'm terribly fussy. There were two awards ceremonies so I HAD to have two outfits.
The black dress is from a fabulous shop called Pinup Girl clothing and is part of their Elvira range.
They also have a website if you want to take a peek https://www.pinupgirlclothing.com. I bought my wedding dress here too. They are new clothes using unique retro designs, right up my street and they do every size possible, hurrah. My daughter also wore a beautiful lace gothic gown from there.
The red trouser suit came from Fred Segal on Sunset Strip and the designer is Adriana Iglesias. Ooh listen to me, Mari Kardashian dontcha know...! I have worn the trouser suit many many times as you will notice from the photos opposite. I love it.
The next couple of months I had shows including another wonderful night at the Grassington Festival with Heaven 17 alongside Jaki Graham, Glen Matlock (who did the driving thanks) Peter Hook and Pete Hooten. They are such a terrific bunch of people I love working with them.
6 July I played my summer show with my big band at Wiltons Music Hall. If you were there thank you so much for making it a fantastic night. It was really really hot but that just contributed to the excitement, nothing like a sweaty stage! If you didn't make it maybe you'll come along to a show this year?
I was in Los Angeles again after that (my husband is working there so I'm back and forth, yes I'm totally spoilt). I'd been having problems with my knee due to a torn meniscus and it kept 'giving way'. 3rd of August walking along Ventura Blvd it gave way and I fell (very glamorous). I hobbled around for three weeks until I got back to London and saw a surgeon who x-rayed it. I had broken three metatarsal bones ugh! So I had to wear a boot for a few weeks, again, very glamorous. I had a show at Castell Roc, supporting Leo Sayer in Chepstow and I wore my boot with my lovely red trouser suit - see pic.
It was just about better by the time my special guest slot with Soft Cell came around at their one and only night at the O2. It was so very exciting, 15,000 people. Soft Cell were magnificent and once again, lovely chaps. I've been very lucky to work with some of the nicest people in this business we call "show".
Once my foot was better I saw the knee surgeon and in October had an arthroscopy to fix the torn meniscus. I chose this period of time as i didn't have any shows to do. As I gradually got better slowly slowly I got back to my swimming but couldn't get back to yoga or spin classes till now and it feels like my fitness level is almost back to what it was. The older I get the more important my exercise regime becomes. It's a big physical thing this singing lark.
So that brings us up to date. I'll be kicking off with my first show on February 8 at The Exchange, Sturminster followed by Valentines Day once again at The Pheasantry, London, then the Whitty Theatre, Wokingham (Feb.15) and Millgate Arts in Saddleworth (Feb 16). the Ropetackle, Shoreham (Feb 28) and Pizza Express, Birmingham (March 15). There are more shows in May and June and the rest of the year awaiting confirmation so please check the website for live dates.
PS - I met Peter Cetera.
What a fantastic night we had at Bush Hall on June 4th. It was magical, there was something in the air and it felt like 1982 all over again, playing those songs from long ago and having Stewart Curtis, the original Wilsations' sax player onstage with me was very emotional especially when we played Cry Me A River. I'd forgotten what it feels like to have an eight piece band and that's four less than 1982 - how did we all fit onstage?
The big highlight was when Marc Almond appeared dramatically through the haze to duet with me on I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten and I Just Don't Know What to do with Myself, he's such a fantastic performer and it was a thrill to be able to sing with him. He's also a complete and utter gentleman.
Next is Chilfest on 8 July, always good to play festivals. Being first on the bill at 1:30 I'll have to reach my inner Status Quo and get the crowd reading and roaring for the day!
See you there. x
News is that Hank B. Hive will be returning to the stage with me after all these years, to MC my show at Bush Hall on 4 June. Also Bari Wilsation is joining us on saxophone.
The rumour going around town is that the wonderful Marc Almond will be popping along for a sing - who am I to dismiss such hearsay?
It's going to be a special night - see you there!
It's been ages since I posted any news on here which makes it look as if absolutely nothing has happened in my life for six months. Alas, lots has happened. Firstly, the Heaven 17 UK tour alongside Glen Matlock and Pete Hooton. Glen and I travelled together a couple of times in his lovely car - we've actually known each other of about 30 years anyway so much chinwagging was had. All the shows were amazing, it was such a treat playing in those big rooms and the crowds were fantastic - who knew Bury St.Edmunds was SO rock n'roll? What a night!
After recovering from enjoying myself too much I had my own Pop Deluxe shows. We returned to the Ropewalk, Barton Upon Humber and had such a special night, not to mention a delicious gluten free dinner thank you so much. The Acapela, Cardiff was kinda special too as were all of the dates. We finished with two nights at St.James Theatre, London and I had the two special gals Hayley and Anna singing backing vocals onstage - so good to have some females along for the ride!
Christmas was a challenge as I ended up with the lurgy that it seems everyone was suffering from, but fortunately no gigs so i kept under the duvet with the hot water bottle. Finally recovered and sang on The Britannia cruise ship in the Caribbean, yes it's a hard life but someone has to do it! I was on the ship again recently and Paul Sinha from The Chase was on there - poor chap came with me into town when we were in port at Santa Cruz de Tenerife and was bored stiff whilst I tried on some dresses! We had a nice lunch after that though...
The return of Pop Quiz was terrific fun and I saw so many 80's popsters I'd not seen for decades! Great to be back on the panel...
I was also thrilled to be in the new Marc Almond video, directed by Tim Pope for Marc's single A Kind of Love. It was a smashing day, at the end we recreated our moment at the end of Soft Cell's What! video which was also directed by Tim.
Now getting very excited about my show at Bush Hall on June 4th. Hank B. Hive is back to MC the show, I have an eight piece band including original Wilsations sax player Bari! What fun! Rumour has it that Marc is popping in to have a sing with me too. There'll be more surprises so do come along if you can, it'll be quite a night!
That was a pretty good summer. I performed three Rewind Festivals with the British Electric Foundation which was fab and funky, I had a great time thank you. So now I'm looking forward to the Heaven 17 Penthouse & Pavement 35th Anniversary tour of the UK. Glen Matlock, Peter Hooton and myself will be gracing the stage alongside Martyn Ware and Glen Gregory. All the dates are on the Live Dates page. Please note all the shows start at 7:30 pm - there is no support so make sure you're in the venue with your beer, wine or ice-cream ready for a groovy time.
November and December I continue with the Pop Deluxe tour dates. So the thing that's mainly been on my mind is the wardrobe for all these dates. Don't worry I am a professional when it comes to shopping so we'll see what I can come up with. There's no date on Halloween which is rather a shame as I had some very good ideas for a glamorous goth look, never mind. Looking forward to seeing you.
July 26 2016
I've just returned from a few weeks in Los Angeles for a well-earned break but of course I still got up and sang a couple of songs at my friend Richard Shelton's gig - couldn't resist an impromptu performance of Cry me a River and a duet of The Look of Love!
I recharged my batteries in time for my first Rewind Festival at Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland this weekend where I performed (in my fabulous pink sequinned flares) as guest singer of The British Electric Foundation (also known as Heaven 17) together with Thomas Dolby, Shingai Soniwa, The Lotus Eaters, Pete Hooton and of course Glen Gregory. I loved it and even though it poured down all day it didn't stop the fantastic audience from rocking out to everyone and having a great time.
In these awful troubled times we're living through right now I believe we all need to have some fun and escapism and that's what's so spellbinding about music, it can lift our spirits and bring us all together and give us hope - I could really feel that from the stage at the weekend.
I have two more Rewind Festivals with BEF coming up, one at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on August 7th and Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames August 21st.
On 27th August I'll be appearing with my band at The Sunshine Festival in Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire.
I'll also be guesting with BEF/Heaven 17 on their UK tour in October.
November and December I'm back touring Pop Deluxe and do listen out for White Horses on the radio which is the next single from the album. More soon.
May 22nd 2016
The launch of the album last week at St.James Theatre was fabulous, a packed house - thank you! There are two Tony Hatch/Jackie Trent songs on POP DELUXE so I was thrilled that their son, Darren Hatch came along and told me that his dad really likes what we've done with his songs - phew! Here's a nice pic of Darren and I and notice my orange dress, to match my orange album cover! (The toenails matched too, in case you were wondering...).
This coming week, starting tomorrow 23rd May, I'm on the Ken Bruce Show, BBC Radio 2, playing Tracks of My Years, two songs per day so do tune in as you're going about your day.
May 15 2016
POP DELUXE RELEASED!!!
We did it! Thank you everyone for your support and loyalty throughout this adventure. The album is being really well received, in fact it's had a terrific 4 Star review from David Quantick in Q Magazine (see Reviews Page but bear with me, I'll be adding some older reviews and more new ones too). We had a fabulous time with Jo Good on BBC London on the day of release, Friday 13th May. We performed two songs, just acoustic at the piano, it was so relaxed and the sun was shining in London that day. Click on the photo to listen. In fact afterwards Alastair and I celebrated with a cocktail in Soho - perfect!
The album launch show is in a few days on 18 May at St.James Theatre, Victoria. It's sold outbut don't worry I'm coming back to St.James in December, such a lovely venue.
April 26 2016
Been a busy time again, lots of radio. I had a great time with Graham Norton on his Saturday Radio 2 show - you can listen again by clicking on the photo. Graham is delightful and he played two tracks from the new album.
I've also been chatting to lots of regional radio stations and everyone is giving me great feedback about Pop Deluxe. So you may hear me on your local station.
Meant to tell you that I had some new photos taken by Howard Wise while I was in Los Angeles (see pic of work in progress). Haven't seen them yet...
The Pledge Music Campaign will soon be coming to an end (though you can still pledge until release date). Everyone's generosity been really overwhelming. Trevor and Jan Norwood pledged for me to play an acoustic set at their house - see pics - it was great fun, you couldn't get more intimate! Such lovely people - they even supplied me with gluten free food which was deliciious. Then Alastair and I had a get together with Corinna McShane who pledged to be named Exec. Producer on the album. We opened a bottle of champagne at 11am, just the way I like to start the day! So thank you all again.
The next thing is the launch gig at St.James Studio in Victoria on 18th May. I'm also constantly adding more and more dates so do keep checking to see if I'm in your neck of the woods.
11 April 2016
Well, it's still all happening round here...
I'm back from the USA and been wearing my lovely new trainers for spin and power walking!
This Saturday, 16 April, I shall be joining Graham Norton on his Saturday BBC 2 Radio show. We shall be having a good old chinwag about the new album, the tour and no doubt my current lipstick and gluten-free baking perhaps?
Then on Sunday, I'm off to sunny Cheltenham with my handsome musicians to perform at the beautiful Tithe Barn - not literally a barn you understand, it has electricity and hot and cold running water (and toilets). We shall be filming the concert so I'll need LOADS of sleep so I can look as young as Joan Collins... So, time for my camomile tea, nighty night.
1 April 2016
I'm in the USA right now for a little break before it all kicks off in the world of album releasing. I got myself a lovely new pair of trainers so I can keep in shape for all the exciting events of 2016 - they're a very fetching dark blue denim in case you're at all interested.
Graham Norton played I Couldn't Live Without Your Love from the new album on his BBC Radio Two Show. If you'd like to hear it CLICK HERE. Graham plays it at 25:55, hope you like it. I also made an appearance on the Jools Holland Radio 2 Show on Monday 4 April. I sang with Jools and the band and he played a couple of tracks from the album. I also played one of my fave vinyl tracks.
CLICK HERE to listen.
25 March 2016
Thank you to all the Pledgers who came along to the POP DELUXE Listening Party. Everyone got to hear the new album over a glass or two (or in some cases three). I was also highly complimented on my sausage rolls and gluten-free veggie sausages. So happy they went down as well as the album, but I definitely overdid it with the olives and hummus, far too much left! Sent Alastair home with a full carrier bag. Thank you Pledger Lesley Hastings for the pics.
I've been invited to be guest singer with the British Electric Foundation/Heaven 17 on their UK tour in October as well as appearing with them at the Rewind Festivals. I now have a perfectly valid excuse to aquire fabulous new frocks for all these shows! All the shows are on the Live Dates page.