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Toyah Willcox in Stonehaven
EIGHTIES pop icon Toyah Willcox is the latest chart star to play one of the North-east's most popular music venues.
The former punk princess - whose biggest hit was It's A Mystery - is to take the stage at Stonehaven Town Hall on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of September.
The two-night gig follows her successful appearance recently at the Rewind festival in Perth alongside 80s greats like Bananarama, Jimmy Somerville, Kim Wilde and Nik Kershaw.
The event is being organised by music shop owner Chris Stirk who has also booked ska band Bad Manners, led by frontman Buster Bloodvessel, for October and Scottish hard rock group Nazareth for next April. She has already brought rockers Big Country to the Town Hall. Chris was responsible for a highly-acclaimed version of the musical Hairspray being put on there and is about to launch auditions for a stage version of the hit movie Fame.
Chris, who also organises the popular open air charity music festival Party in the Park, said: "These revival gigs usually turn out to be great nights out with the acts giving their all and the crowd bopping along.
"Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. She is charismatic, outspoken and one of Britain's iconic household names. She is an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer and we are delighted she is the latest big act to come to Stonehaven."
Chris added that any money made goes into community projects like Hairspray and at the end of the year any surplus funds go to a local charity.
In a career spanning thirty years Toyah has had thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, made ten feature films and presented such diverse television programmes as The Good Sex Guide Late, Watchdog and Songs Of Praise.
It all began in her hometown Birmingham in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered her the role of 'Mad' in seminal punk epic Jubilee. She continued to gain strong roles, appearing alongside Katherine Hepburn in the film, The Corn is Green, as well as playing 'Monkey' in the legendary Quadrophenia. She teamed up with Jarman again to play Miranda in his innovative version of The Tempest, which won her a nomination as Best Newcomer at the 1980 Evening Standard Awards.
Hit singles It's A Mystery, I Want to Be Free, Brave New World and Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard plus the platinum albums Anthem and The Changeling confirmed her status as one of the most significant talents of the eighties.
In 1982 she won the Best Female Singer at the Rock & Pop Awards. In 2001 she was awarded a prestigious Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central England in recognition of her distinguished achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting.
Toyah tickets are available from Ma Simpson's music shop, 26B Evan St, Stonehaven, (01569) 766264 http://www.masimpsons.com/