Shakin' Stevens to bring his Echoes Of Our Times Tour to Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 13:14 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 07 October 2016

Shakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in Hertfordshire

Shakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in Hertfordshire

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Singer Shakin' Stevens has announced his biggest ever UK tour, with two dates in Hertfordshire.

Shaky will be touring next year in support of his recently released new studio album Echoes Of Our Times.

And his 2017 tour to promote the record will visit Watford Colosseum on Thursday, April 20.

The Welsh singer will return to the county the following month with a date at The Alban Arena in St Albans on Monday, May 15.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Shakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in HertfordshireShakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in Hertfordshire

Nearly everyone knows something about Shakin’ Stevens.

The Welsh rock ‘n’ roller, born Michael Barratt, was the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s, and not just thanks to that festive perennial Merry Christmas Everyone.

He had three other UK number one singles, a chart-topping album and a track record proudly showing no fewer than 33 top 40 hits.

Now 68, Stevens has just released new album Echoes Of Our Times, which he was inspired to make when he researched his family history and uncovered tales of wartime heroics, salvationists and strife in the copper mines of Cornwall.

Shakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in HertfordshireShakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in Hertfordshire

It entered the Official Album Charts at number 22.

Last Man Alive, the first single from the album is also on the Radio 2 A List.

Although Shaky has been in the charts with compilation records, his last new studio album to enter the UK charts was Lipstick Powder And Paint in 1985.

Released on Shaky’s own label HEC, Echoes Of Our Times is a surprising record on which blues, roots, Americana and classic rock take centre stage, as the singer explores his mysterious and intriguing family history.

The album grew from Shaky’s realisation that, like most of us, he knew so very little about the background of his family – the stories of his ancestors’ loves and lives lost, and their struggles to survive.

Research revealed tales of poverty and strife in the Cornish copper mines, of bravery and loss in war, of philanthropic preachers and stoic Salvationists, of children suffering and of family secrets and feuds.

“I would say that, in retrospect, in finding the origins of my family I have gone back to the roots of my music,” said Shakin’ Stevens.

Speaking about the album’s chart position, Shaky said: “Echoes Of Our Times is not only very personal for me, it is also a progressive album, mirroring where my music now stands.

Shakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in HertfordshireShakin' Stevens has announced his biggest UK tour next year with two dates in Hertfordshire

“I am more than elated to know that the songs and the stories speak for themselves, and that it has been allowed to be well received.”

Tickets for the 34-date Echoes Of Our Times Tour, priced from £24, are on sale from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be wowing fans old and new as he performs new tracks from Echoes Of Our Times, along with classic hits such as This Ole House, Hot Dog, Green Door, Oh Julie and What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For, and a few surprises.

Best known as a rock and roll star, the tour will see the Welsh singer unveil another side to his talents as an artist, songwriter and storyteller.

Shaky added: “I can’t wait to get back on the road, and introduce the songs from Echoes Of Our Times to people who have seen me perform in the past, and those who have not.”

Shakin’ Stevens will also be performing at the Wales Festival of Remembrance at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on November 5, and at Christmas With The Salvation Army at the Royal Albert Hall, London on November 24.

• Tickets for the Watford show cost £38.50 and £26.

Visit Watford Colosseum website at www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

• Tickets for the St Albans show cost £32.50, £29.50 and £25.

Visit the Alban Arena website at www.alban-arena.co.uk

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