Edgy eccentrics offer rich pickings in a season that harks back to glory days
Hold onto your hats... two of the music world's most entertaining and enduring characters are heading this way, adding extra spice to the rich arts menu coming up in our theatre venues this season.
Following on from the fabulous Madness gig at Plymouth Pavilions in December – and, indeed a triumphant year all round for the North London music makers – dapper frontman and singer Suggs, aka Graham Macpherson, returns to Devon and Cornwall with his autobiographical one-man show.
And the eccentric and flamboyant Adam Ant – recently seen on Jools Holland's Hootenanny – returns with his band, the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse as part of his UK tour.
Both will play Truro's Hall for Cornwall as well as the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple.
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More a monologue with musical interludes than a concert, Suggs Live made its hilarious and touching Westcountry debut at last year's Port Eliot Festival at St Germans, where the man himself also engaged with gusto as a rebel rouser with the customary mobile one-minute disco.
In the show, Suggs reflects on reaching his half century, a milestone which led him to find out more about the father who left the family home when the North London singer was just a small boy. His reminiscences are punctuated by his renditions of songs that have made a major impact on his life's journey.
Eighties highwayman and charming prince Adam Ant, makes a welcome return after excelling in concert at Falmouth's Princess Pavilion in 2011. At that point he was treading the comeback path and having to prove himself after a lengthy absence. Now he has firmly re-established himself as a credible and unique performer with an important slice of pop history to share.
Other names lined up for the spring season hark even further back to the glory days of the 1960s and 70s, notably Animals and Friends, regular and much-loved visitors who come to Hall for Cornwall in a couple of weeks' time. Watch this space for details of more bands swinging by this way.
Suggs performs at Hall for Cornwall, Truro (01872 262466) on April 9 and the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple (01271 324242) on April 10. Adam Ant plays the Queen's Theatre on April 26 and Hall for Cornwall on April 27. Animals and Friends are at Hall for Cornwall on January 29.