Country Legends head to Teesside
By Ciara Johnson
Thursday 05 May 2011 17:16:00
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Four country legends are making their way to Teesside for a superb, heart-warming and nostalgic show on Tuesday 10 May, 7.30pm.


The night features hit recording star Billie Jo Spears who will be performing all of her popular releases including Blanket on the Ground, What I've got in Mind, 57 Chevrolet and many more. An extremely talented line up of world-class country starlets provides support for Billie Jo, with Lena Martell, Philomena Begley and Janey Kirk all bringing their astounding gift to Middlesbrough Town Hall.


Hailing from Beaumont, Texas, Billie Jo Spears made her professional debut at only 13 years old in an all-star country concert in Houston. It wasn't until 1969, however, when Mr. Walker, It's All Over climbed into the country Top Five that Billie Jo really made it big. Despite continued success throughout the seventies, Billie Jo suffered from vocal difficulties which almost left her unable to sing ever again. Thankfully she made a full recovery and returned with the seductive and sensual, number one hit, Blanket on the Ground in 1975. The success of her music at home and abroad earned her a devoted following in her adoptive home, Great Britain, where she returns for another unforgettable evening.


Billie Jo is joined on stage by Scotland's internationally acclaimed singing starlet Lena Martell, most famous for her wonderful UK chart-topping single, One Day at a Time in 1979. Although having been off the circuit for a while, Martell has now returned to her number one passion, music, and joins us for this fantastic show.


Irish born Philomena Begley also takes to the stage this year, adding a further measure of Celtic charm to proceedings. Her first venture as a singer was with the popular Old Cross Céilí Band, later called The Country Flavour. Having toured the world, playing at the Grand Ole Opry, St. Patrick's Day parade in New York and Carnegie Hall, it's no wonder she has received such high praise from the music world. Daniel O'Donnell once said of her, "When Philomena sings a song you feel that she's experienced every emotion she expresses."


Finally, Scotland's newest and most talented ‘Queen of Country' Janey Kirk completes the bill having made a name for herself after her recent album, the scintillating Sweetheart Darlin' of Mine.


Don't miss out on this good ole night of country music which will have you clapping your hands, tapping your feet and singing along to some country classics!


Ladies of Country perform at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Tuesday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £20 and £18 (concessions). To book tickets please contact Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729729.


Ladies of Country, Tuesday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets £20 and £18 (concessions).

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