Art centre to host singer-songwriter

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LLOYD Cole, regarded as one of the UK’s greatest singer-songwriters, is coming to the Citadel in St Helens.

The singer, who found fame in the 1980s with his band Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, will play at an acoustic gig at the Water Street arts centre on November 5.

Cole has built a reputation in recent years for sensational live performances. His one-man acoustic shows bring a new interpretation to his well-known classics, presenting rock songs from his past career remodelled to simple folk songs.

He interacts extensively with the audience and some songs are told rather than played, as spoken word or stand-up comedy. Classics such as Perfect Skin, Rattlesnakes and Lost Weekend will be contrasted with new material from Standards, which Cole has described as sounding ‘like T. Rex or Led Zep playing Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison tunes’.

He first stormed the charts with a series of well-written art-pop hits in the 80s.

His hits are widely lauded as classic pop song craft. During the 90s he relocated to New York City and produced a series of fine solo albums working with some of the best musicians of the time.

Around 2000 he joined up with Jill Sobule and others to record and tour as a group called The Negatives. Recently he has chosen to become more of a singer-songwriter, recording and touring solo, based out of his new home in Massachusetts.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £20.

For further information or to book tickets call the Citadel box office on 01744 735436 or visit the Citadel website www.citadel.org.uk.