Woodland Echoes is singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Nick Heyward’s ninth album, tenth if you include Pelican West, the pop-funk masterpiece that he released in 1982 with his first band Haircut 100. Thirty five years later, Nick is looking out at his world, and likes what he sees. “I’m glad I’m alive, I’m glad that I’m writing and putting records out,” he says. “It’s great now because it’s easy to be independent.”
China Crisis returns to Ropery Hall
The autumn programme at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall gets quickly into its stride with the appearance of China Crisis, the first time the group has appeared at the Maltkiln Road venue since 2014.
The group which features founder members Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly alongside Jack Hymers and Eric Animan started in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979 and were part of a wave of new Liverpool acts in the late 1970s and early 1980s that included Echo and the Bunnymen, the Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood straddling the line between new wave and post punk, fusing pop sensibilities with bluesy, reggae rhythms and political commentary.
“The band known for their string of hit singles, including African & White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray and Wishful Thinking, will be performing these classics and more, alongside tracks from the new album Autumn in the Neighbourhood,” said Liz Bennet of Ropery Hall.
Throughout the 1980s the band released a string of hit singles including African and White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up), Best Kept Secret, Black Man Ray and the Top 10 smash Wishful Thinking as well as notching up two gold albums and one silver, including their 1985 number nine hit Flaunt the Imperfection.
In all the group had five Top 40 singles, ten Top 50 singles and three Top 40 albums as well as hits across Australia, Europe and the Americas.
Still led by Lundon and Daly, the band are returning to perform these classics and more alongside tracks from the group’s latest album Autumn in the Neighbourhood that was the group’s first release in 20 years.
Tickets to see China Crisis on September 14 cost £20 in advance or £22 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.
The gig starts at 8pm.
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