Former Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton has announced details on an extensive Irish tour this October including dates at Dublin, Academy and Belfast, Auntie Annies.
Paul Heaton releases his eagerly anticipated second solo album â€˜Acid Countryâ€™ this September 2010 and has just announced an Irish tour to accompany its arrival and UK dates and is announced on the back of his headline appearance on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury.
The follow up to 2008â€™s widely acclaimed â€˜The Cross Eyed Ramblerâ€™, â€˜Acid Countryâ€™ is Paulâ€™s 15th studio album and his second as a solo artist.
Recorded with his band in Colne, Lancashire earlier this year; the album was co-produced by Mr. Heaton and Christian Madden (of The Earlies) and features guest vocals from Sally Ellyson of New Yorkâ€™s Hem and Ruth Skipper from Moulettes.
The new long player sees the former Beautiful South and Housemartins frontman continue to write classic melodies with a country edge, whilst also maintaining his sparkling pop sensibilities. As ever, his intricate and sometimes acerbic lyrics stand out with songs about old and new experiences, stories of travels and home, optimism and pessimism.
Paul previewed some of the songs from â€˜Acid Countryâ€™ â€“ as well as tracks from his previous solo outing and a couple of classic offerings from his Housemartin days – in May 2010 when he embarked on the â€˜Pedals and Beer Pumps Tourâ€™.
He travelled to16 pubs by bicycle, cycling over 1000 miles in the process and playing some of the best shows of his career. Starting off at the Rovers Return on Coronation Street and fitting in a quick date at the Woolpack in Emmerdale, the dates saw him highlighting the plight of local boozers and celebrating cycling as an environmentally friendly (and very healthy!) method of touring.
Tickets for Paul Heaton live at the Academy this October are priced â‚¬24 inclusive of booking fee. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 9am.
Paul Heaton October dates
Saturday 2nd Kilkenny, Set Theatre
Sunday 3rd Castlebar, Ruby Rooms
Tuesday 5th Cork, Cyprus Ave
Wednesday 6th Dublin, The Academy
Thursday 7th Belfast, Auntie Annies
Friday 8th Wexford, Wexford Arts Centre
Tickets for the Academy show are priced â‚¬24 inclusive of booking fee. All tickets are on sale from 9am this Friday, 2nd July.