|Georgie Fame: Legend Gets Back to His Roots for Hometown Gig
Leigh-born rhythm 'n' blues legend Georgie Fame is heading back to his roots this November.
The jazz-influenced singer and organist will be appearing at Wigan Borough's premier music venue, the Monaco Ballroom in Hindley, on Tuesday 21st November.
In what is a something of family affair, Georgie, born Clive Powell in 1943, will be performing all of his famous hits including the number one singles 'Yeh Yeh', 'Get Away' and 'The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde', accompanied by his sons Tristan (guitar) and James (guitar).
Georgie's performance is part of a UK tour that celebrates a career spanning four decades. His musical career began in the early sixties playing piano in a string of backing groups including 'Billy Fury and the Blue Flames'. Georgie eventually led the Blue Flames himself and became, and still is, one of the most accomplished organ players of his generation.
Georgie said of his return, "This is going to be a fantastic night and something of an emotional return for me and my boys. We are delighted to be playing together just down the road from where I was born and we promise to put on a great show. I'll be playing all of my most popular tunes plus a few little surprises."
The list of illustrious music stars Georgie has collaborated with includes Van Morrsion, Gene Vincent, Prince Buster, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and Bill Wyman, who once said, "There's no point in doing it when Georgie Fame can do it ten times better!".
Brian Yates, Manager of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's Leisure Venues, said, "Georgie Fame is a class act. Having someone of his calibre playing the Monaco is a great boost and proves that we can attract big name stars to the borough. We are looking forward to a wonderful night's entertainment full of all the energy that Georgie is renowned for. We are urging people to buy tickets early to ensure they don't miss out."
Tickets for 'Georgie Fame and Sons' are on sale now, priced at £12 (£10 concessions). Doors open at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st November at the Monaco Ballroom, Hindley. Please contact the booking office on 01942 825677 or visit www.wlct.org for more information.