HE may be best known for his 2005 Comic Relief number one with comedian Peter Kay, but
HE may be best known for his 2005 Comic Relief number one with comedian Peter Kay, but Is This the Way to Amarillo singer Tony Christie has found himself taking an unexpected new direction of late.
Born Anthony Fitzgerald, the 73-year-old grew up in South Yorkshire and was introduced to many traditional songs by his music-loving Irish grandparents.
A long-standing desire to return to those early roots saw him team up with Celtic folk band Ranagri to record The Great Irish Song Book.
Released last year, the album has garnered considerable critical acclaim.
The BBC’s Michael Quinn hailed Christie as “one of the few great song stylists the UK has produced in recent years” while the Guardian said “Tony Christie is delivering the best music of his career.”
On Monday evening folk fans will have the chance to judge for themselves when Christie and Ranagri play the village club in High Street, Nettlebed.
Nettlebed Folk Song Club organiser Mike Sanderson said: “Tony’s best known for singing his way to Amarillo but his family are from County Mayo and as well as singing Amarillo Tony is going to be giving us an evening of mainly traditional songs from his roots. He’ll be backed by the Irish band Ranagri who play harp, flute, bouzouki, guitar and whistles.”
The show starts at 8pm at the village club in High Street, Nettlebed. Tickets are priced £17.50 in advance and £1 more on the door. To book, call 01628 636620 or visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk