Former Housemartin to play Derry pub gig

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One of the most recognisable voices of the British music scene over the last three decades is to play an intimate gig in one of Derry’s best known pubs.

Former Housemartin and The Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton will play in Peadar O’Donnell’s on May 29.

The Derry gig forms part of Heaton’s 50:50 tour, in which he will both mark his 50th birthday and undertake a epic cycle to every venue on the tour.

The tour further aims to support local pubs across Ireland and the UK.

Paul’s mammoth journey will span 40 days and take in 33 shows. Journeying from Salford in Greater Manchester, Heaton will travel through the Lake District to the North East, and up into the Highlands & Lowlands of Scotland.

Performing at some of the finest taverns around, Paul and his band will continue across the Irish Sea to Derry, then down through Southern Ireland, across Wales and into South West England. The tour will culminate in a jaunt across the South coast ending with a show at The Pelton Arms in Greenwich, London.

The tour combines two of the singer’s great passions - cycling and the pub industry and kick off on May 15 at his own pub , the Kings Arms in Salford.

Cycling during a tour is not new to Heaton - in 2010 the Pedals and Pumps Tour saw the former Housemartin cover some 10000 miles.

Heaton is best known for hits including Caravan of Love, Song for Whoever and You Keep It All In.

Tickets go on sale on Friday - see www.seetickets.com for more info