MUSIC fans in St Helens are preparing to celebrate a Halloween when an anthemic folk-rock band brings its tunes to town.
Wigan seven-piece Merry Hell will cap off a succesful year on the festival circuit with their second annual show at The Citadel on Saturday evening.
The group will perform songs from their two acclaimed albums Blink...and You Miss It and Head Full Of Magic, Shoes Full Of Rain to what is likely to be a packed venue.
With several band members having performed there regularly since the early ‘90s when they appeared with cult act The Tansads, The Citadel has become something of a spiritual home for the band and one of the highlights of the musicians’ year.
Guitarist Bob Kettle said: “We’re really looking forward to Saturday night. I think The Citadel is one of the best small venues in the country.
“It’s very similar to when we played there with The Tansads, and last year it was great to see so many faces from those days and also see many more new friends to share our songs with.
“The Citadel is so intimate and it makes the exchange of energy between the band and audience possible.
“The venue also has a great relationship with its community, which is something we really want to support.”
The band is promising The Citadel set will contain a few surprises for fans, though details are being kept closely under wraps until the group hit the stage.
Having released their second album earlier this year to positive reviews, the band plan to spend the winter honing the songs for their next album, which should be released next year.
Bob said: “We’ve had some great adventures at all the festivals with our new album, and this is our homecoming to mark the end of the summer season.
“We’re already looking ahead to writing and working hard on our new album, which is most definitely on the way.”
Anyone wanting to attend Merry Helloween will have to move fast as only very limited tickets remain on sale.
Support will be provided by Manchester-based indie-rock band Darktown Jubilee.
Merry Hell will play The Citadel on Saturday, October 26, starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets are priced £11 and can be bought from Seetickets.
For more information about the band, visit www.merryhell.co.uk