Beautiful South duo will be back in Aberdeen

Tickets go on sale Friday: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot
Tickets go on sale Friday: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot

Sales for the hugely popular Beautiful South stars Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s show next March are to go on sale this Friday.

The duo are to stage a one-night concert in the city’s Music Hall on Tuesday, March 15 and tickets go on sale this Friday, October 9, online at: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone on 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Their sell-out Aberdeen show last November followed the release of ‘What Have We Become’, their first album together since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South.

And the new UK tour follows the upcoming release of their second album ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ – the album’s first single The Austerity of Love was premiered last month on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2.

Described by one British national paper as “one of our finest songwriters”, Paul was a member of The Housemartins until they disbanded amicably in 1988.

He went on to form The Beautiful South with fellow Housemartin Dan Hemmingway, and roadie, Sean Welch.

Their debut single and album were released in 1989 to commercial success and continued with a series of hits throughout the 1990s, including the number-one single ‘A Little Time’.

Paul discovered Jacqui after they met through a friend outside a nightclub. After inviting her to a party and hearing her sing, he invited her to audition, following the departure of lead singer Briana Corrigan.

She joined the line up in 1994, after having been a shelf-stacker in a supermarket in St Helens, Merseyside.

Among their most successful hits during her stint were Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream a Little Dream of Me.

She left the band in 2000, to concentrate on caring for her son, who had just been diagnosed with autism - the pressures of touring interfering too much with this commitment.

She was replaced by Alison Wheeler for the last three Beautiful South Albums.

After The Beautiful South disbanded in 2007, Paul pursued a solo career, which produced three albums, and was subsequently reunited with Jacqui in 2011 to perform in his musical ‘The 8th’, and they recorded their first album together ‘What Have We Become?’ last year. It got as high as number three in the UK Album Charts.

On reuniting with Jacqui, Paul is reported as saying: “Working with Jacqui again was like going into your garage and discovering a beautiful, covered up Rolls Royce that hadn’t been started in years.

“Jacqui is one of the best singers I’ve worked with and is also part of my past. It was only a matter of time before I asked her.”