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Glenn Tilbrook ready to bring a 'Happy Ending' to Wirral's 25th Guitar Festival
GLENN Tilbrook will bring the curtain down on Wirral's 25th International Guitar Festival during his UK acoustic tour next month.
The Squeeze legend is at the Floral Pavilion's Blue Lounge as part of his Happy Ending tour on Thursday, November 28.
On the night Glenn will showcase songs from his new album, Happy Ending, which is due for release in January 2014.
His first solo album since 2009, the album is described as 'stripped back and beautifully layered with a totally different feel to anything he has released before'.
Glenn's reputation as one of the UK's best-loved musicians is well-earned, thanks to a career with Squeeze and on his own that has spanned 30 years.
His time with Squeeze spawned Top-Ten hits all around the world such as Cool For Cats, Tempted and Up The Junction.
His two solo albums were The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook and Transatlantic Ping-Pong.
For 2009's album Pandemonium Ensues he injected some fresh faces by recruiting new band The Fluffers and some prestigious guests in the shape of Hollywood megastar Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.
In 2011 Glenn released The Co-Operative, a collaboration between Glenn and Nine Below Zero.
The last few years have been extremely busy for Glenn. In 2010 he returned to his roots with Squeeze and release the album Spot The Difference, a collection of 14 of their best-loved hits, re-recorded by the band to be as close to the original versions as possible (whilst challenging their fans to spot the difference!).
As well as the album release the band took to the road with their biggest UK tour in over 10 years, a tour that capped an exhilarating 2010 for Glenn and his Squeeze band mate Chris Difford.
Squeeze’s contribution to music was noted in 2010 with the site of their first gig being awarded a prestigious PRS For Music Heritage Plaque, which has also commemorated the debuts of Blur and Dire Straits.
Taking place from November 6-28, the three-week celebration of all things guitar will be staged at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, the historic Birkenhead Priory and Williamson Art Gallery in Oxton.
It will be opened by British rock and roll legend Joe Brown at the Floral Pavilion.
Also appearing over the three week are Australian-born Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist John Williams and Paul Carrack; the Sheffield-born Legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics.
Among the Wirral performers is Gerry Murphy, with his particular brand of 'swamp-soul' influenced six-string symphonies.
No stranger to the festival, Gerry has been playing and promoting in the area for over 20 years.
Also appearing are Moreton-based Phil Chisnall and his band; covering everything from folk to blues and country and Natalie McCool, who was among the performers during Wirral's second Festival Of Firsts in July.
Wallasey-based actor, writer and musician Carl Chase will perform the hits of '50s country singer Hank Williams during a special event of country and blues at Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge.
Festival director Dave Tracey said recently: "The Guitar Festival has been the premiere cultural event in Wirral for 25 years and hopefully will continue to be so for the next 25 years and beyond.
"This year the festival has a fantastic cast of players who represent the past, present and future of the guitar."
Tickets and further details for all shows are from the box office on 666 0000 or www.bestguitarfest.com