SCOTTISH SINGING LEGEND MAGGIE REILLY ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER LONDON DATE
Following the release of her new album ‘Heaven Sent’, Maggie Reilly has announced she is to play her first ever London date as a solo artist at Bush Hall on Monday, 16th December, 2013.
As one of Scotland’s most respected artists, Maggie launched her solo career in 1988 but, as she explains, has never quite made it to London, “I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy great success across mainland Europe, so I’m forever on tour in other countries. There was a sense of relief when the Bush Hall date in London was confirmed at the last minute – it’s taken me twenty-five years to get there!”
Maggie first made a name for herself fronting the Scottish blue-eyed soul outfit Cado Belle, releasing their self-titled cult-classic album in 1974. However, Maggie is best known for her singing & writing collaborations with the composer and instrumentalist Mike Oldfield, for whom she sang the vocals on the 1983 international hits singles ‘Moonlight Shadow’, ‘To France’ and the Hall & Oates hit ‘Family Man’, for the writing of which Maggie received an ASCAP award in 1984.
After having worked with the likes of George Harrison, Jack Bruce, Dave Gilmour, JJ Burnell, The Sisters of Mercy and Mike Batt, Maggie joined forces with the major German publishing house, Mambo, producing the album ‘Echoes’ in 1991, for which she wrote the massive worldwide hit ‘Every Time We Touch’ and the European hits ‘Wait’ and ‘Tears In The Rain’.
In 2006, after producing critically acclaimed albums of varying styles, Maggie returned to her Scottish roots with ‘Rowan’, an album of original songs, mixed seamlessly with traditional Scottish and English folk songs, before releasing her 2009 album ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’.
On the subject of her new album, Maggie said, “At the end of 2012, when I started work on Heaven Sent’s title track, it felt like I was going back to a Cado Belle-type sound. At first I wasn't sure if that was what I wanted to do, but after I’d sung it through a few times it felt good - and it put a smile on my face. I knew then that the songs for this album would have a real sense of direction.”
At Bush Hall, Maggie will be backed by many of the musicians who appear on ‘Heaven Sent’, including Tony Soave (drums), Davie Dunsmuir (guitar/vox), Simon Little (bass/vox), and Stuart MacKillop (piano/vox). Maggie said, “These guys have been with me for years, so we’re all really looking forward to finally being able to play in London together at what will be a very special night.”
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