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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s new album ‘N.K-Pop’ is released on 7th October.

They have already made two songs available from the album–the poignant ballad ‘Still’, which was described as ‘beautifully heartbreaking’ by Dawn French, and the gospel pop song ‘Too Much For One (Not Enough For Two). Paul & Jacqui’s previous album ‘Manchester Calling’ went straight to No 1 on its release in March’20. Paul Heaton’s songwriting genius was recognised at the prestigious Ivor Awards 2022 where noted author/radio DJ Stuart Maconie presented him with a long overdue gong for ‘Outstanding Song Collection’.

Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 15 million album sales under his belt. He first came to prominence in the early 80s as front man of The Housemartins (the samegroup that gave us Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook).The Housemartins released two albums ‘London 0 Hull4’ (’86) and ‘The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death’(’87). In ’88 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums-‘Welcome To The Beautiful South’ (’89), Choke (’90), ‘0898 Beautiful South’(’92), ‘Miaow’ (’94), ‘Blue Is The Colour’ (’96), ‘Quench’ (’98), ‘Painting It Red’ (2000),‘Gaze’ (’03), ‘Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs’ (’04) and ‘Superbi’ (’06).

In 2001 Heatontook a break from The Beautiful South and released his first soloalbum ‘Fat Chance’. The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 citing ‘musical similarities’. Jacqui Abbottwas lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from ’94 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Perfect 10’,‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Dream A Little Dream’. Paul Heaton went on to release two further solo albums: ‘The Cross-Eyed Rambler’ (’08) and ‘Acid Country’ (’10).In 2011 Heatonwrote a musical called ‘The 8th’ based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacquito sing one of the parts. They have since released four acclaimed albums as a duo: ‘What Have We Become’ (’14), ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ (’15),‘Crooked Calypso’ (’17) and ‘Manchester Calling’ (’20).In 2019Paul released acareer spanning compilation of his biggest hits entitled ‘The Last King Of Pop’.

2022 saw Heaton reach a significant birthday, which he celebrated in typically idiosyncratic style by putting £1,000 behind the bar of 60 carefully chosen pubsacross the UK and Ireland so that fans could have a drink on him.

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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

  • 10 Dec 2022
  • Door Times: 6:30pm