THEIR 2014 and 2017 concerts were among the most magical shows in the Galway in recent years, and in 2020 Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will begin their Irish tour in Leisureland, Salthill.
The concert takes place on Thursday April 9, almost a month after the former Beautiful South members release their new album, Manchester Calling, on March 6. Their fourth album as a duo, it was produced by John Williams, who also produced their previous albums - What Have We Become (2014 ), Wisdom, Laughter & Lines (2015 ), and Crooked Calypso (2017 ) - as well as both Housemartins' albums.
Heaton wrote the lyrics in Holland and Belgium, while the music was composed in a hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, and in Limburg An Der Lahn in Germany. Regarding the album, Heaton said:
“I've lived in Manchester for 17 years and recording an album here for the first time, I was looking forward to cycling to work," he said. "That was never possible as Manchester is now being turned into a business centre for the rich. If there's a theme to the record, it's anti-growth, anti-greed, against the continuous tearing down of old buildings and sticking up soulless offices, and the disappearance of local accents on TV, along with the creeping spread of Americanese."