Date: Saturday 20 October
Venue: Paisley Town Hall
Cost: £26 / £22
When looking for the perfect presentation of the Motown sound and style, few fit the bill as well as Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
It was 1963 when they moved from being Marvin Gaye’s original backup singers (Stubborn Kind of Fellow, Pride & Joy, Hitch Hike) to stars in their own right with the trifecta of Come and Get These Memories, Heat Wave and Quicksand.
Over the next decade, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas would be a consistent presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad.
Their hits are a thing of legend: in addition to the aforementioned, they include the gospel-tinged Nowhere to Run, the classic soul favourite My Baby Loves Me, the pop anthem Jimmy Mack and the signature, Dancing In The Street.
As classics never fade, new and diverse audiences are constantly being introduced to the Martha Reeves songbook. And Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are consistently on the road, making sure that you “don’t forget the Motor City.”
Paul Simon’s Graceland, performed in full by The London African Gospel Choir, has been critically acclaimed across the country.
This uplifting and amazing show has sold out venues and receives rave reviews from audiences.
Thirty years after its release, the Choir perform their own powerful twist on Paul Simon’s album, delivering from start to finish. The richness and harmony of the Choir’s rhythmic, evocative and empowering, voices have created an overwhelming musical event, for anyone lucky enough to experience this special performance.
Simon’s most commercially successful album ever became a true global phenomenon, winning Grammys in both 1987 and 1988, shifting 5 million copies Stateside and then another 2.5 million copies in the UK alone. The Graceland album spawned the hit singles Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, The Boy in the Bubble and its biggest smash – You Can Call Me Al.
“Best gig of Kendal Calling? Almost certainly. Instead of The Coral in a heaving Calling Out tent or Tinie Tempah on the main stage, for closure I choose the London African Gospel Choir performing Paul Simon’s Graceland on the Woodlands stage.”