Mari Wilson brings Pop Deluxe to Ropery Hall
The Neasden Queen of Soul, Mari Wilson , will be gracing Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall stage once again this month as she brings her new show, Pop Deluxe to the Maltkiln Road venue.
Mari, who has appeared at Ropery Hall twice before will this time be promoting her new album, Pop Deluxe, which was released in late spring.
“Pop Deluxe is all the songs that have featured in Mari’s show, Ready Steady Girls, which played to sell-out crowds,” explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “It features the Brit girls who inspired her when she was growing up.”
It was in the early 1980s that Mari first arrived on the scene with her skyscraper beehive hairdo, bizarre sense of fashion and fully choreographed twelve piece band The Wilsations.
In 1982 Mariʼs records began entering the charts and she soon had six hit singles, the biggest being Just What Iʼve Always Wanted and Cry Me A River, both taken from her album Showpeople.
By the mid-eighties Mari reduced the size of her band (and her hairdo!), changing direction with a more intimate show and also appeared in musical theatre, playing Nickie Pignatelli in Phil Willmottʼs production of Sweet Charity, and Annabel in the black comedy, The Chainsaw Manicure.
“In 2000, Mari was the obvious choice to play Dusty Springfield in Dusty The Musical, which toured number one venues throughout the UK,” Liz went on.
After appearing with Boy George in the West End musical, TABOO, Mari wrote, produced and recorded her album, Dolled Up, which was released in 2005 and has also performed theme tunes to various TV shows, including her hit version of Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps for the globally successful BBC TV Show, Coupling.
Following successful album releases including Mari Wilson – The Platinum Collection marking the 25th anniversary of Just What I Always Wanted being in the top 10 in 2007 and ‘Cover Stories in 2012, she began 2014 with a sell-out concert Am I The Same Girl – Mari Sings Dusty, paying homage to Dusty Springfield with her unique interpretation of the classic hits, along with some lesser-known gems.
She also performed Dusty and Cilla songs with The BBC Concert Orchestra for Friday Night is Music Night in a special edition to celebrate Tony Blackburn’s 50 years as a DJ.
Mari’s live show – Ready Steady Girls – the songs of Dusty, Cilla, Petula and more, has been touring the UK throughout 2015 and continues with the release of Pop Deluxe.
She will be performing at Ropery Hall on Saturday, November 19. Tickets cost £15 in advance and £17 on the door. Tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.