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About Paul Heaton

Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with over 15 million album sales under his belt.

He first came to public attention in the early '80s as the front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins, who are best known for their third single Happy Hour and their No 1 acapella Isley Bros cover Caravan Of Love. 

In ’88 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums – from 1989's Welcome to the Beautiful South to 2006's Superbi. Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist for some time in The Beautiful South and she sang many of their signature hits including Rotterdam and Dream a Little Dream.

Heaton released his first solo album, Fat Chance, in 2001, and went on to release two further solo albums: 2008's The Cross-Eyed Rambler and 2010's Acid Country. 

In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called The 8th based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts.  They have since released three acclaimed albums as a duo: 2014's What Have We Become, 2015's Wisdom, Laughter and Lines and 2017's Crooked Calypso.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will release their fourth studio album, Manchester Calling, on 6 March 2020. It boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet songwriting.

To coincide with the album release Paul, Jacqui and the band will be embarking on a tour of the UK in April and May 2020. 

Last updated: October, 2019