ARTIST: Hue and Cry.
VENUE: Leeds Hilton.
DATE: September 2
REVIEW: Paul Blanchard.
PATRICK and Gregory Kane, the Scottish pop duo known as Hue & Cry, were very popular in the 80s and early 90s with well-known hits like Labour of Love and Looking for Linda.
But, 10 years since their last album, do they still have the magic?
They have set out to prove they do, by playing a series of exclusive piano-vocal gigs up and down the country in support of their long-awaited new album Open Soul.
This gig was part of Real Radio’s Intimate and Exclusive series of small concerts.
The brothers bounced on stage with obvious glee at the packed-out hall, full of people ready to hear the old hits and hopefully some new material too.
“It’s a pleasure to be here in Manchester”, announced singer Pat, which was met with bewilderment by the audience, who thought it was a set-up to an amusing jape.
When Greg intervened with, “Pat, was that some kind of a bad joke? We’re in Leeds!” the singer held his head in his hands and apologised immediately, saying he had been working a little too hard lately.
He was quickly forgiven by the audience after launching into Looking for Linda which, when stripped-down to piano and vocal, sounded tender and immensely touching.
You could see the audience miming all of the words, careful not to sing too loud and drown out Pat’s amazing vocals.
Ordinary Angel was quickly followed by an up-tempo rendition of Labour of Love which had everyone dancing in their seats in nostalgic delight.
From their new album, they performed a selection of tracks including the excellent Fireball and their catchy new single, The Last Stop. A cover of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love (which they performed on the ITV show Hit Me Baby One More Time) was absolutely fantastic – completely full of energy and, if I dare say so, even better than the rendition by the lady herself.
The brothers were on exceptionally fine form and it certainly appeared that a great time was had by all. The highlight was their encore, where their back-to-basics cover of fellow Scot Paolo Nutini’s Last Request brought the house down.
Their Open Soul tour has dates in Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Sheffield, beginning on September 11 2008.
Catch them if you can.