Simon and co will make merry

Merrymouth featuring Simon Fowler from Ocean Colour Scene
Merrymouth featuring Simon Fowler from Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler and his comrades in Merrymouth are back with an album and UK tour.

They play Glee Club Nottingham on Sunday, May 18.

Merrymouth are a three piece folk-orientated band featuring OCS songwriter and vocalist Simon Fowler(guitar/vocals), Dan Sealey (guitar/vocals) and Adam Barry (piano/organ/vocals).

Lending their decades of first class musicianship, Merrymouth were joined in the studio by multi-award winning folk musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting in 2012 to perform on their critically acclaimed debut album, the self titled, Merrymouth.

They toured the album throughout 2012 and 2013, including performances at both BBC Radio 2’s CarFest’s, The Moseley Folk Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

After signing to Navigator Records, 2014 will see the band return with their second album Wenlock Hill, a collection of new songs, which once again features John McCusker (Violin), a special guest appearance from Chas Hodges (piano) of Chas And Dave, Catherine Harper (cello), Andy Derrick (trombone), Hugh Thomas (clarinet), Anthony Jones (muted trumpet) and Nick Lyndon (double bass).

Tickets priced £13.50 are available from www.glee.co.uk

Doors open at 7pm and the gig is for those over 18.

Call the box office on 0871 472 0400 or go to www.glee.co.uk/nottingham

n The hit Glenn Miller musical Bugle Boy is coming to Nottingham Playhouse and can be seen there from June 10-12.

The critically acclaimed new musical explores the life and work of the legendary band leader.

Bugle Boy explores the Miller story from leaving college to play in various bands including his own as he searches tirelessly for over 20 years, with the constant support and love of his wife Helen, for a unique band sound.

When he eventually succeeds in his quest, he and his family only enjoy the fruits of fame for three short years. When America joined the Second World War after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he joins the Army, forms the subsequently famed A.E.F Band and flies to Europe to play to the Armed Forces, then goes missing in mysterious circumstances.

Call the box office at the Playhouse for ticket details on 0115 9419419.

n Lea Salonga, the award winning singer and actress best known for her Tony and Olivier Award winning role in Miss Saigon, will join Il Divo on their tour across the UK.

The tour, entitled Il Divo - A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs Of Broadway Live, stops off at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on October 24.

The UK leg of the group’s fourth world tour supports their newest compilation of Broadway songs, A Musical Affair. Il Divo previewed this new show on Broadway with a successful limited engagement at the Marquis Theater in November.

Nightly concerts will feature Lea Salonga’s powerful voice and perfect pitch on both solo performances and duets with the group throughout the night. Il Divo’s signature romantic performances will include heartfelt classics like Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific), Tonight (West Side Story), Memory (Cats) and Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King).

“I am thrilled to be joining Il Divo as they continue their Musical Affair tour worldwide,” said Salonga. “Having such a passion for musical theatre since an early age myself, I cannot imagine a more talented group to join forces with to share these timeless songs with audiences of all ages.”

Tickets can be booked at www.capitalfmarena.com