0 Have your say As Sting prepares to open his new musical in Edinburgh, he tells Janet Christie about growing up, community spirit and visits from his late father It’s a cold winter’s day and Sting slides out of a minivan with blacked-out windows, wearing yoga trousers and a navy fisherman’s jumper. He pads quickly across the cobbles into Leith Dockers Club past a line of fans queuing to watch him perform a mini preview of songs from his debut musical, The Last Ship. It’s an incongruous setting for the multi-millionaire musician universally known by his sole moniker, a small social club in the heart of Leith, yet it’s entirely appropriate for a show inspired by the closure of the shipyard in Wallsend, Sting’s home town. With the last ship built in the Leith yards rolling down the slipway in 1983/4 and Swan Hunter closing its gates in Wallsend a decade later, both places are inextricably linked with shipbuilding and the effects of its … [Read more...] about Interview: Sting on bringing his debut musical to Scotland
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BEING one of Michael Jackson's older brothers, Tito Jackson was one of legendary Motown band The Jackson 5. The musician then spawned another family band with his own offspring. Here's what we know about Tito... Who is Tito Jackson, how old is he and what is his background? Tito Jackson, born Toriano Adaryll Jackson, is a 64-year-old musician - best-known for singing with The Jacksons and The Jackson 5. One of ten children, he is the third son of Joe and Katherine Jackson, who was a Jehovah's Witness - and he is the brother of the late Michael Jackson. His other siblings (from oldest to youngest) are Maureen, Sigmund, Jermaine, LaToya, Marlon, Brandon, Steven, Janet and Joh'Vonnie. Tito and his family grew up in Gary, Indiana - and his instinct to play his dad's guitar aged ten was what kicked off the family's journey to musical stardom. Joe bought Tito his own guitar after catching him playing his, and soon after he organised Tito and his brothers Jackie and … [Read more...] about How old is Tito Jackson, what happened to his wife Delores Martes and who are his children and siblings?
With grandparents who were not only avid fans of Elvis Presley but actually became good friends with him and stayed at Graceland as his guests, it’s not really surprising that Notts firefighter Andy Quinn has a passion for music. Known as ‘The Singing Fireman’ after his spectacular vocal performance on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC television, Andy became an overnight sensation. But despite the massive influence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in his family background, Andy, 37, from Heanor, has a very different taste in music. “Elvis isn’t really my era,” he explains. “My real love is musical theatre, from classic shows like Oklahoma and South Pacific to the likes of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Chess and newest of all, Dear Evan Hanson, currently a phenomenal success on Broadway.” Since he brought the house down with his fabulous version of Bring him Home from Les Mis in front of 2,500 people at … [Read more...] about Notts firefighter from Michael McIntyre show to release debut album
IT IS an accepted fact that having a child changes the way you see the world. But that feeling is accentuated when you’re a musician whose job involves taking life experiences and turning them into art. Peter and David Brewis of Field Music both became fathers before the release of their fifth album, Commontime, and seeing them turn into children with their own mannerisms and opinions partly inspired new record Open Here (out last month). “Now our offspring are little people rather than just babies,” says Peter ahead of Field Music’s Komedia gig, their first “proper show in a while”. “Commontime was probably just whinging about us being tired all the time, whereas this album is us talking about our little mates and how they have affected our view of world events.” One standout example of this is the last song on the album, Find A Way To Keep Me, which tells a fictional story about a child at risk of being separated from his or … [Read more...] about Sunderland band Field Music on fatherhood, privilege and their new album
THREE “musical magpies” will be playing tracks from their first studio album at Nettlebed Village Club on Monday (February 12). John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick first crossed paths as teenagers. A quarter of a century on, the fired-up folk live-wires are celebrating their friendship and musical kinship with their new album, The Wishing Tree. A thrilling trip through traditional, contemporary and original jigs, reels, ballads and more, it sees them branch out musically, while tracing the roots of their tunes, and acquaintance. “We all left school early, at 16, or 17, to join different bands,” recalls McCusker of their early days. “We all met back then... we’ve grown up together, really.” All three musicians have gone on to global acclaim: John Doyle (Dublin – vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola) is an Irish music linchpin and a founder member of acclaimed group Solas, who has worked with Joan Baez, Linda Thompson and Mary … [Read more...] about Folk veterans have made their first studio album together