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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

West End star Barbara Dickson's Northern Irish tour kicks off in Belfast



With a career spanning several decades, there isn't much that Scottish musician Barbara Dickson hasn't achieved.

With six platinum, eleven gold, seven silver albums and two Olivier awards for her work in the theatre - attempting to pack a varied selection of material into a setlist is no mean feat.

As part of her Northern Ireland tour - she's playing the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on Tuesday, November 10; the Theatre at the Mill, Newtowanabbey on Thursday November 12; the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on Friday, November 27; and the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine on Saturday November 28. She is also doing five dates in the South.

As part of this tour, she's joined by keyboardist and vocalist Nick Holland.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Barbara said it was 'fantastically important' for her to play here.

"I used to come over throughout The Troubles. People were very grateful and warm-hearted that I was making an effort to come and play.

"But there was a massive gap from about 1987 where I didn't come at all for a long, long time.

"And last year was the first time that I've done a tour in Ireland for a very long time. I did about six dates; and this time I'm doing nine."

This time around, Barbara said that the shows are 'intimate'.

"I'm working with Nick Collins, and the two of us are very suited to that kind of venue.

"It gives me a chance to expand and do all sorts of things but of course there'll be that smattering of familiar material from thirty years ago.

"It's about what to leave out and what to have in. I do like to ring the changes - but I do the hits always wherever I go."


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