Sheffield City Hall date for Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham

Three British female singer-songwriters – each successful in their own right – are to share a stage in Sheffield.

Sunday, 26th May 2019, 23:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th May 2019, 14:55 pm
Julia Fordham, Beverley Craven and Judie Tzuke, touring as Woman to Woman

The Woman to Woman tour sees Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham in the City Hall ballroom on Wednesday, June 12.

All three will perform their hits and album tracks together alongside their band on a rescheduled date, from April, after Beverley Craven was treated for breast cancer for a second time.

She was diagnosed only eight weeks before the first leg of the tour began.

After undergoing a double mastectomy, Beverley carried on with the shows and album promotion before starting a course of chemotherapy at the end of the tour.

Some six months or so later she says she is feeling energised and embarking on the second leg with a positive prognosis.

It carries on from where the trio left off.

So it’s an encapsulation of three careers, Judie Tzuke’s taking off first, in 1979, with the Welcome to the Cruise and Sports Car albums and the hit single Stay With Me Til Dawn.

Julia Fordham, who started her career as a backing singer for the likes of Kim Wilde and Mari Wilson in the 1980s, was to follow with her two landmark solo albums, the eponymous debut release and Porcelain and singles such as Happy Ever After and Where Does The Time Go.

Beverley Craven’s eponymous debut album was also a major success followed by hit singles such as Promise Me, and (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways.

“It will be pretty much the same show, with the odd tweak and a couple of new songs from the Woman to Woman album,” says Beverley.

“I would love to have the artistic freedom to perform a completely different set and play more obscure songs, but our agent feels very strongly that not paying the songs we are known for would be a mistake.”

After confronting what she has described as a “brutal and terrifying disease”, Beverley adds: “The girls and I are more determined than ever to make our Woman To Woman tour especially memorable for everyone.

“It’s at times like this that you recognise the important things in life - doing what we all love for the people who love what we do.”

*Heading to the City Hall ballroom on Tuesday, November 26 is Moya Brennan, forever remembered as the voice of Clannad, and her four-piece band.

At their height, Clannad, formed in 1970 from the ridiculously talented Brennan family from County Donegal, conquered the world with their Celtic harmonies and music rooted in their Irish heritage.

They sold more than 15 million records worldwide (remember Theme from Harry’s Game?) and received a string of top awards.

Both Moya Brennan and her sister, Enya, who had a spell in Clannad, went on to pursue successful solo careers.

Moya, who is being described as the “First Lady of Celtic Music”, continues to be an active champion of Irish arts and culture abroad.

She is touring with a band comprising Cormac De Barra (harp, vocals), Aisling Jarvis (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Clare Friel (violin, vocals) and Paul Jarvis (keyboard, percussion, vocals).