Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are heading out on tour, to coincide with the release of their new album Manchester Calling, in spring 2020.
Their fourth studio album, boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet song writing, effortlessly catchy melodies allied with an everyman’s biting exasperation at the modern world alongside some truly heartfelt love songs.
Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 15 million album sales under his belt, first came to public attention in the early 80s as front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins (the same group that spawned Norman Fatboy Slim Cook), best known for their third single Happy Hour and their number one acapella Isley Bros cover Caravan Of Love.
In 1988 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums, Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream. The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 citing musical similarities. Since then, the pair have released a number of albums together.