Duo headline act at Lowry Theatre

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MICHAEL Shanagher and Andrew Bache, of Blackpool band Troubadour, (right) are celebrating another successful year with their own headline showcase at the prestigious Lowry Theatre on Salford Quays next month.

The Gazette Rock Quest finalists have had another busy summer yo-yo-ing up and down the country to play at festivals alongside such acts as The Charlatans, The Levellers, and Three Daft Monkeys.

Mick said: “We’ve played some great festivals again this year. At Galtres Festival near York, a few weeks ago, we were up to our knees in mud, so it’ll be a great contrast to play in a venue as civilized as the Lowry.”

The Blackpool duo will be appearing on Thursday November 17, along with a selection of performers they have befriended on their travels.

Andy and Mick will be joined by Irish piper Brian Stafford, a trio of backing vocalists, and Billy Hickling, from the West End hit show Stomp, who will be putting down his dustbin lids to join Troubadour on percussion.

Troubadour recorded their debut studio album, Carnival Town, at Blueprint Studios in Manchester, and its release has led to several appearances on BBC Radio, and to one of the tracks from the album being used in the BBC television drama, Waterloo Road.

Andy said: “We’ll be playing some songs from our current album, Carnival Town, in a way they’ve never been heard before. The Irish pipes and the backing vocals sound awesome and Billy’s subtle percussion really emphasises the rhythm. We’ve been writing plenty of new songs this summer, and they’ll get their first airing at The Lowry, so it’ll be a special night.”

Tickets are £10 from the Lowry Box Office and their website. To avoid a booking fee e-mail troubadour2007@yahoo.co.uk. Visit www.wearetroubadour.co.uk.