Wired for Sound - The music of Cliff Richard
Tuesday 25 February 2020 • Caird Hall
One of the world's most popular operas, Puccini's Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant - with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet!
The Illegal Eagles Saturday 28 November 2020
Celebrating the music of the legendary West Coast Country Rock band, The Illegal Eagles return to the Caird Hall in 2020 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail and incredible showmanship.
This critically acclaimed show features the very best from the Eagles’ catalogue of classics including ’Hotel California’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and many more…
Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited - Seconds Out & MoreMonday 9 November 2020
25th November 2019: Off the back of his most successful solo tour yet, selling over 30 thousand tickets for his 2019 UK dates, Steve Hackett has announced that his 2020/21 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full, plus More!
Seconds Out was the hugely successful double album recorded on Genesis’ 1977 concert tour together with The Cinema Show, from their 1976 tour, and featured Steve Hackett on guitar alongside Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins who had taken on the role of vocalist
following the departure of Peter Gabriel. The tour included music from each of the six studio albums from Steve’s time in Genesis and marked his final recordings with the band as he left to pursue his solo career upon its completion.
The Seconds Out + More! Tour will visit some of the venues Genesis played on that 1977 tour. There will also be additional material, including Steve’s solo concert favourite The Steppes to celebrate the 40th birthday of his fourth solo album Defector.
Steve Hackett says: “I’m thrilled to bring Seconds Out back to life, featuring Genesis material at its most exciting and virtuosic, this time with all numbers played in full plus additional surprises!”
About Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett joined Genesis at the beginning of 1971 and gained an international reputation as the guitarist in the band’s classic line-up alongside Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Steve’s intricate guitar work was a key element of Genesis’ albums from Nursery Cryme (1971) to Wind And Wuthering (1977) including the classic Selling England By The Pound.
After leaving Genesis at the end of 1977, Steve’s solo career, which now spans more than 30 albums, has demonstrated his extraordinary versatility with both electric and acoustic guitar. Steve is renowned as both an immensely talented and innovative rock musician and a virtuoso classical guitarist and composer and this was recognised in 2010 when he was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame. He has also worked alongside Steve Howe of YES in the supergroup GTR.
Steve’s compositions take influences from many genres, including jazz, classical and blues. For his later studio works The Night Siren (2017) and At The Edge Of Light (2019) Steve has explored the influences of world music. Recent tours have seen Steve celebrate his time with Genesis including a spectacular 2018 tour in which Steve realised a long-held ambition to perform the works of Genesis live with his band and an orchestra.
Reviews from Steve Hackett’s most recent Genesis Revisited Tour
‘the night’s prog feast.. was Selling England’ ‘ which allowed the guitarist’s band to fully showcase their talents…’ ‘for one evening at least it was fantastic to dance with the Moonlit Knight once more.’ Simon Carter - The News Portsmouth
‘Hackett's guitar effortlessly carves a path through the songs mixing melodic lines with experimentation and flat out rock...’ ‘The individual personalities of the band also shine throughout…’ Stuart Avis -The Brighton Magazine
‘a great riff, great lyrics and another guitar solo to die for...’ ‘the magic seems never-ending...’ Alan Jones – Getreadytorock
‘complex time changes and elaborate melodies were recreated by Hackett’s superb band with verve and skill.’ ‘Hackett may well be the best guitarist around. Oh, and a great light show too. Obviously.’ S Copeland - Brighton Argus
Gary Meikle - SurrealSaturday 12 December 2020
“After his meteoric rise through the ranks, Scottish Comedy Award winner and viral sensation Gary Meikle is back with his second tour show, Surreal! A word that perfectly describes Gary’s last twelve months. He started the year performing in comedy clubs, and ended it selling out big theatres in the UK as well as tours in America, Canada and Europe! .
Not one for mincing his words, Gary has been described as “playfully dark”. His cheeky chappie nature and ability to get away with talking about anything will have you laughing at things you probably shouldn’t be! As always, Gary will draw material from his own real-life experiences, including his unique family dynamic and his rapid rise to online fame. Quickly putting his audiences at ease, a night of stand up with Gary feels like a night in the pub chatting with friends!
Having performed to tens of thousands of people over the past year, Gary has found a new confidence and level of openness on stage, meaning he doesn’t hold back on giving his opinions, no matter how warped! The new show will cover topics such as evolution, social media, how to deal with burglars, single mums, bee sex, small man syndrome and much more. Gary is a fast paced, punchy storyteller that finds the funny in anything!”
Age Restriction 16 +
Max 6 tickets per customer.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui AbbottSunday 19 April 2020
The mellifluous voice of Paul Heaton has often masked the jagged satirical content of his lyrics. Stamping all of his projects with not only wry wit but a flair for infectious melodies, Heaton was known as leader of popular but short-lived U.K. college rock group the Housemartins in the mid-'80s before forming the Beautiful South in 1988. Contrasting Heaton's lyrics with a sophisticated, jazzy pop sound, that band released ten albums between the late '80s and the mid-2000s, reaching number one with their 1990 single "A Little Time" and the U.K. Top 15 with every single album. After they disbanded in 2007, Heaton focused on his solo career, issuing three records on his own before partnering with onetime Beautiful South vocalist Jacqui Abbott for 2014's What Have We Become? With nods to Motown soul and early rock & roll, the collaboration was a hit, and they reached as high as number two in the U.K. with their third LP, 2017's Crooked Calypso.
Born in Bromborough in Merseyside, England in 1962, Paul David Heaton was raised in Sheffield from age four until the family moved to Surrey when he was in his early teens. It was there that he and his older brother Adrian formed their first band, Tools Down. At the time, he was still splitting his time between music and football, which he went on to play outside of school at the amateur level.
By his early twenties, he was based in Hull, where he formed the Housemartins with guitarist Stan Cullimore, bass player Ted Key, and drummer Chris Lang in 1984. A demo got them a record deal with Go! Discs. They released their first song, "Flag Day," in 1985 before Norman Cook (later known as Fatboy Slim) replaced Key on bass, and Hugh Whitaker of the Gargoyles briefly filled in for Lang until Dave Hemingway took over on drums. In 1986, the group made it to number three on the U.K. singles chart with their third single, "Happy Hour." Issued that October, their album London 0 Hull 4 also reached number three and hit the Top Ten in Norway and Sweden. Like contemporaries the Smiths, the Housemartins were college radio stars in the U.S., where their jangly riffs and brainy, humorous songs landed in the bottom half of the Billboard 200 with help from MTV airplay. The band's second album, 1987's The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death also reached the U.K. Top Ten and the lower tier of U.S. album chart.
After the Housemartins disbanded in 1988, Heaton and Hemingway formed the Beautiful South. The Beautiful South expanded Heaton's musical canvas, exploring jazz and even country influences with former Anthill Runaways vocalist Briana Corrigan, bassist Sean Welch, drummer David Stead (formerly a Housemartins roadie), and guitarist David Rotheray, who became Heaton's new songwriting collaborator. While many critics and student-run radio stations in the U.S. continued to laud Heaton's talent, the Beautiful South became far more successful in England. In the summer of 1989, they released their first single, "Song for Whoever," on the Housemartins' old record label, Go! "Song for Whoever" climbed to number two, while its follow-up, "You Keep It All In," peaked at number eight in September 1989. A month later, the group's debut, Welcome to the Beautiful South, was released and went to number two, eventually going platinum. The band's only number one single, "A Little Time," helped 1990's Choke replicate both sales feats, and their third LP, 0898, reached the Top Five behind three Top 30 singles. Following the release of 0898, Corrigan left the group and was replaced with Jacqui Abbott, who made her first appearance on the band's fourth straight Top Ten album, 1994's Miaow. It was followed at the end of the year by the greatest-hits collection Carry on Up the Charts, which entered the charts at number one. It stayed there for several months, going platinum many times over and, in the process, becoming one of the most popular albums in British history. The album wasn't released in America until late 1995, after it broke several U.K. records.
Two multi-platinum number one albums followed in the form of 1996's Blue Is the Colour and 1998's Quench before 2000's Painting It Red peaked at number two. Heaton issued a solo album under the alias Biscuit Boy (aka Crackerman) in 2001 that barely cracked the Top 100 before rejoining his band for 2003's Gaze. It didn't fare as well by their standards, though it still reached the U.K. Top 15. After a move to Sony, 2004's Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs hit number 11 with a set consisting mostly of covers. The Beautiful South's final album, Superbi, arrived in 2006, and while it reached number six on the album chart, it was their first to not be represented in the Top 40 of the singles chart.
The group called it quits in 2007, having sold more than 15 million records worldwide, and Heaton shifted his focus to his solo career. He released 2008's The Cross Eyed Rambler under his own name. Two years later, Heaton returned with Acid Country, which he helped to promote with a bicycle-led U.K. pub tour. The year 2012 saw the release of Presents the 8th, a stage play that boasted a single conceptual song told in eight chapters, dealing with the seven deadly sins, and featuring guest vocalists. In 2014, he released What Have We Become?, a collaborative album recorded with the Beautiful South's Jacqui Abbott. After the warm reception of that effort, which catapulted to number three on the U.K. albums chart, the duo regrouped for 2015's Wisdom, Laughter and Lines. The success of their renewed partnership was also reflected in an extensive and well-received set of live dates, culminating in a sold-out homecoming gig to a crowd of 20,000 in Hull in 2017. That same year, Heaton and Abbott released their third record as a duo, Crooked Calypso, which was produced by longtime collaborator John Williams (Cocteau Twins, Alison Moyet). The year 2018 brought the career-spanning The Last King of Pop, a 23-track collection representing both of Heaton's beloved bands, solo material, and his partnership with Abbott. It also offered an original duet with Abbott and an updated version of "A Little Time."
Tickets £33 (£30 + £3 booking fee)
Susan BoyleThe Ten Tour Tuesday 3 March 2020
JOINED BY BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT WINNER & 2019 BGT CHAMPIONS CONTESTANT, JAI MCDOWALL
CELEBRATING A DECADE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, UK TOUR TO FEATURE CHART TOPPING HITS AND BRAND NEW PERFORMANCES
Fans will be in for a treat when Susan Boyle brings 'The Ten Tour' to Dundee.
Joining Susan will be special guest Jai McDowall and a dazzling array of the industry’s best musicians in a spectacular concert which will feature her greatest hits and some incredible new genres of music in an honest and intimate show that will inspire and delight, just as she did ten years ago.
Susan said; “I can’t wait to get back on that stage and I’m also looking forward to Jai joining as well. This will be an all-new show, like nothing you’ve seen me do before.”
Jai added, “I am beyond excited to start the tour it’s going to be incredible and the fans are in for a real treat, can’t wait to hit the road in March 2020.”
Following on from the phenomenal success of Susan’s sell out UK tour in 2013 and USA tour in 2014, she is not only singing into the top venues in the country, but into the hearts of the Brits. “The Ten Tour” is traveling throughout the U.K. from 3rd - 25th March in this 15 show extravaganza. Buy tickets now ......
GEORGE - Celebrating the songs and Music of George Michael Monday 4 May 2020 • Caird Hall
GEORGE UK TOUR 2020
The definitive celebration of the music of George Michael
Featuring: Rob Lamberti With: The National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra & Former Members of the George Michael Band: Carlos Hercules and David Baptiste
DUNDEE CAIRD HALL
MONDAY 4 MAY 2020
Following its premiere earlier this year in venues around the UK, including a sell-out performance at London’s Eventim Apollo, George - the definitive show celebrating the music of George Michael – will return for a UK tour in 2020, including a performance at Dundee Caird Hall on Monday 4 May 2020, presented by LHG Live in association with Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying High.
Featuring the incredible voice of Rob Lamberti, alongside the National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, as well as long-time members of George Michael’s original band, the show has wowed audiences around the country and lifted them to their feet, in a dynamic show that tactfully and appropriately celebrates the career of one of the most gifted performers of a generation.
From Wham! all the way through to the diverse eras of George’s hugely successful solo career, including the timeless hits like Careless Whisper, Faith, Fastlove, Club Tropicana, and so many more, the show tells the story of George Michael in the vast repertoire songs that made him an icon to so many.
George instantly became a fan favourite across social media. Quite simply, as leading theatre blog West End Wilma called, ‘a… brilliant show…. nothing short of perfection, and what a magical way to pay homage to the late and great, Mr George Michael.’
Rob Lamberti is a star in his own right after featuring on the BBC’s ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing’ in 2017. Bearing a voice worthy of performing George’s remarkable catalogue of hits, he has gone on to establish a successful career playing homage to his hero. Rob also features in the upcoming Steve Coogan film ‘Greed’.
Joining Rob to make the show even more of a special occasion is the addition of two of George Michael’s long-time band members: David Baptiste and Carlos Hercules.
Saxophone player David Baptiste performed with George Michael since his Wham! days, including their heralded show in China when the group became the first Western pop group to perform in the country in 1984. He has also performed with artists such as Billy Ocean and Alexander O’Neal.
Carlos Hercules performed as the drummer in George’s band for several years and was the first drummer to perform at the new Wembley Stadium as part of George’s huge show there in 2007. Carlos has also performed with artists such as The Eurythmics, Beverley Knight and performed live at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Together, Rob Lamberti, David Baptiste, and Carlos Hercules will be joined by an incredible band as well as the National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, in a unique, definitive and powerful celebration of the incredible music of George Michael.
Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live said, “We are delighted to be bringing yet another concert to Dundee off the back of the hugely successful summer of LHG Live produced and promoted concerts in this wonderful city. The George Tour has enjoyed immense success across the UK, and we have no doubt that it will prove popular not just with George Michael fans in Dundee but with anyone who is looking for a brilliant night out. George Michael remains one of the most iconic music stars to come out of the UK, and the George tour is a true celebration of his brilliance.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac Wednesday 27 May 2020 • Caird Hall
Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment present
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac - Live In Concert 2020
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2020 with a brand new show celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac's legendary Peter Green era.
Channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time.
Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.
Classic Rock Show Saturday 15 February 2020 • Caird Hall
Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment present
The Classic Rock Show 2020
The Classic Rock Fan’s Ultimate Live Jukebox!
The Classic Rock Show returns to the UK in early 2020 with an amazing new live production celebrating the very best of the best of Classic Rock.
Paying tribute to many of the world’s all time classic rock greats, The Classic Rock Show’s musicians power through legendary performances from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and The Who, plus much much more.
Performed with note-for-note precision, bringing the original iconic and era defining recordings back to life on stage, with a sound and light show to match.
Anthem after anthem, riff after riff and solo after solo, The Classic Rock Show takes you on a musical journey through two and a half hours of Classic Rock’s finest moments culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.
A real gem of a rock show - sore throat guaranteed!
Tickets Gold Circle £39.00 (Tickets £36.50 + £2.50 Booking Fee)
Standard Tickets £29.00 (Tickets £26.50 + £2.50 Booking Fee)
Caird Hall wins Accessible Business of the Year 2019
At a glittering awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh on Wednesday 16 May 2019 The Caird Hall, Dundee's major Concert, Conference and Events venue, won the Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards in the Accessible Business of the Year Category.
The Judges were very impressed with the outstanding list of improvements/adjustments/updates which have been made over the years to the Grade A listed building.
Susan Gillan, Caird Hall Manager said
“This is a great acknowledgement of the hard work which has taken place over the last 30 years. Over that time we have secured funding to transform the Caird Hall and make it accessible, not an easy task with a Grade A listed building. The work continues and we strive to ensure the Caird Hall is inclusive to all.”
The aim of the Women in Hospitality and Tourism awards is to help recognise and increase the number of women working in senior leadership roles across the visitor economy. They look to put the spotlight on women who have made an impact in their industry through innovation, best practice and delivering outstanding results.
The awards were created and are run by Business Women Scotland, an organisation that is dedicated to helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business. BWS run a series of Live Events and awards to celebrate and empower women in business while tackling the gender gap in enterprise.
The Friends of the Caird Hall Organ New website now live
The Friends of the Caird Hall Organ announce their new website is now live click on www.focho.org to view.
The new website designed by Tom Crielly is much more informative and interactive to take them forward to their 10 year Anniversary in 2020.
Caird Hall Conference Suite
Caird Hall is Dundee’s high-profile conference and concert venue, located in the heart of the city. Situated close to all travel links, with several car parking options nearby, and a range of accommodation within walking distance, Caird Hall is easily accessible for your delegates.
Rooms vary from Theatre style set-up accommodating 60 people, to a more intimate Boardroom layout for 14 people. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and our professional staff are available on site to assist with the organisation of your meeting.
For further information on rates and to view, please contact Caird Hall (01382) 434451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org