Joe Brown is clearly not a man to take things easy.
Many 72-year-olds would be content with sitting at home and watching a spot of afternoon TV, before venturing out for a gentle game of bowls.
Not Brown. He’s as busy now as he was when he was in his 20s.
The man who The Beatles supported, who stole the show at the George Harrison Tribute Concert, and who gained a standing ovation when he received his Mojo Award, is back in Blackpool on Saturday as part of his latest tour.
Well known for his fantastic ukulele playing, Brown’s shows are normally sell-out affairs – his triumphant 50th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall was certainly that – and in recent years, he’s played Glastonbury, headlined at Trafalgar Square and joined Status Quo on their arena dates. And he loves being on the road.
“I always enjoy coming to Blackpool. It’s the Las Vegas of the North. The people are great up there,” he said, ahead of his date at The Grand Theatre.
“Somehow, it sometimes seems a little bit sad there, but in the summer when it’s busy, it’s bustling and buzzing.
“We used to do so many summer seasons there. We like to get up to the north. We are looking forward to it.”
Despite so many years in the business, Joe always tries to keep things fresh.
His career has encompassed all aspects of entertainment – including recording, performance, song-writing, films and TV, the West End Theatre, as well as establishing himself as a popular DJ.
A multi-instrumentalist, Joe plays – as well as the ukulele – guitar, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet on-stage. He has a five-piece band, which includes his son, record producer Pete Brown. And they try to mix up the set during tours.
“We try to change our set round and people seem to like it,” he said. Expect timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences.
Tickets starting at £22 are available from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or by calling (01253) 743339.