Welsh legend Shakin’ Stevens is to perform at
Wales at No. 1, Wales Millennium Centre’s St. David’s Day concert on
1 March 2015.
Stevens, who has sold millions of albums and
singles worldwide and earned a multitude of Gold, Platinum and
Double Platinum discs, will join the all-Wales line up to
celebrate 50 years of number one hit singles made famous by Welsh
Best known for his chart topping hits, Green
Door, This Ole House, Oh Julie and Merry Christmas Everyone,
Shakin’ Stevens, who has had 39 UK hit singles and
ranks in the top 25 highest selling artists in history of the UK
charts, will make his debut appearance at Wales Millennium Centre
on 1 March.
Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director at Wales
Millennium Centre said, “What better place to celebrate St. David’s
Day and Welsh culture than in the heart of Wales’ national centre
for the performing arts. I am hugely excited about marking St
David’s Day during the centre’s special 10th anniversary year with
the artists we have lined up for Wales at No. 1, and also for our
collaboration with Lucy Morgan and the Welsh Pops Orchestra.”
Hosted by the One Show’s Alex Jones, Shakin’
Stevens will be joined by Ricky Valance who made rock and roll
history in 1960 by becoming the first Welshman to reach number one
in the UK charts with “Tell Laura I Love Her”. The track sold over
a million copies and following its success, Ricky went on to
release Movin' Away, Jimmy's Girl and Six Boys. Marking the start
of a long history of successful Welsh musicians, Ricky takes to
the stage together with an impressive lineup of Welsh talent to
relive some of the UK’s favourite Welsh tracks.
Joining Ricky will be John Owen-Jones and Sophie
Evans who will be singing some very special arrangements of No. 1
hit songs. Famous for his roles Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and
as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, John Owen-Jones is an
award- winning West End and Broadway performer. Named runner-up
from over 10,000 hopefuls, Sophie appeared on the hugely popular
BBC series Over The Rainbow. She subsequently took on the role of
Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Since then
Sophie has gone on to become an accomplished live performer,
feature in several TV programmes and make her big screen debut
alongside Simon Pegg in The World's End.
Famous for playing the leading role in Jesus
Christ Superstar during the mid-1990s, Steve Balsamo has joined
forces with English/Dutch singer and songwriter Rosalie Deighton
forming Balsamo Deighton. This duo performs alongside Jessica Lee
Morgan - daughter of Mary Hopkin (Those Were The Days and who
signed for The Beatles label) and Gabrielle Murphy - an up and
coming BBC Horizons star.
Soloists Lucie Jones, Alys Williams and Shaheen
Jafargoli, who wowed judges on the shows X Factor, The Voice and
Britain's Got Talent, will also be there to the crowd through the
decades with covers of some of their favourite hits made famous by
Lucy Morgan, Artistic Director of Wales Pops
said, “"This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Tom Jones'
first number one hit 'It's Not Unusual', which got me thinking
about all the other great number one hits that have come out of
Wales. They are all songs which are ingrained in our musical
memory and I knew that a concert featuring this stunning music
would be a winner. What better place than the Wales Millennium
Centre or a better date than St. David's Day to celebrate the
achievements of those great singers and songwriters from Wales who
have topped the charts in the UK and beyond. We are also planning
a few moments in the evening with some more special guests - it's
growing day by day!"
The night will include tracks made famous by
Dame Shirley Bassey, Ricky Valance, Spencer Davis Group, Mary
Hopkin, Dave Edmunds, Shakin' Stevens, Bonnie Tyler, The Flying
Pickets, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Duffy, and of
course Sir Tom Jones, whose huge hit “It’s Not Unusual” got to No.
1 50 years ago, in 1965.
The stars will be accompanied by the Welsh Pops
Orchestra featuring pianist Gwilym Simcock and conducted by
The centre will celebrate St. David’s Day
throughout the weekend with free performances from Welsh artists
on the Glanfa stage plus a chance to experience the taste of Wales
in the centre’s ffresh Restaurant. On the menu will be an array of
traditional Welsh dishes including Cawl, Roast leg of Welsh Lamb
and Slow Cooked Welsh beef.
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