Scottish singing star and actress Barbara Dickson is to perform in Peel in April next year after the town’s Centenary Centre received a Celton Manx 2016 Recognition award.
Peel Centenary Centre director Trevor Bougourd said: ‘We aim to provide a broad range of entertainment every year: around 60 nights of concerts and 25 nights of cinema along with many other community events. We’re a registered Manx charity, though, and without this Recognition award, engaging an artist of Barbara Dickson’s stature would have been totally unviable, so we’re enormously grateful to Celton Manx for their support.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Our Recognition scheme is aimed firmly at supporting charitable and not-for-profit organisations working hard to benefit as broad a range of the community as possible. Run entirely by volunteers, the Peel Centenary Centre, with its varied programme, is bringing the arts in all its many interpretations to an appreciative island-wide audience. We applaud their efforts and are pleased that our support has led to the Centre being able to attract such an established artist as Barbara Dickson. I wish Trevor and his team every success for what I’m sure will be a great evening.’
Barbara Dickson will perform at the Peel Centenary Centre on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 8pm when the singer, famed for hits including Another Suitcase in Another Hall, January, February and I Know Him So Well (with Elaine Paige), will give a special acoustic performance with her long-time pianist Nick Holland, exploring her catalogue of songs, ranging from folk to contemporary greats along with some of her best known numbers.
The pair have performed this way in numerous venues including cathedrals, festivals and theatres and developed an intimate rapport with each other and the audience. ‘It’s a different experience to working with the bigger band,’ says Barbara, ‘but just as enjoyable and gives the music breathing space.’
Tickets, priced £27, are available from Celtic Gold, Peel; Shakti Man, Ramsey; Peter Norris Music, Douglas; Thompson Travel, Port Erin; and online at www.centenarycentre.com.