An Acoustic Journey with Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri
Allow Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri to take you on ‘An Acoustic Journey’ this autumn as two of the finest musicians conduct a whistle-stop tour of the UK.
Beginning in Bury St Edmunds on September 28 the duo will then head to Brighouse, Cockermouth, Sale and Portsmouth in October followed by Tetbury, Portishead, Topsham, Beverley, Settle, Shaw, Horsham, Milton Keynes, and finally, Coventry, the latter taking place on November 30.
The UK tour, ‘An Acoustic Journey,’ comes a month after the duo partake in a nineteen-date soiree, first-time tour, of Australia, places likes Canberra and Sydney, Newcastle and, Wagga Wagga among the calling points.
“We don’t usually go that far out to be honest, we just pack up a big car and travel around the UK,” began Kiki.
“It’s my first time in Australia,” continued Carmelo, “so it’ll be a completely new experience for me. I’m looking forward to the challenge and we hope that music lovers will love the show – going there is kind of like starting all over again.”
Last year would see Kiki celebrate an impressive 55 years in the music industry, a period which has most certainly seen her cement her place as one of the most revered, and finest vocalists the UK has to offer.
The pair have been together since the nineties, the classically-trained Luggeri, born of Italian parentage, having worked with the like of Bill Wyman, Andy Williams, and Chris Rea among others, went on to release their first album together, ‘Almost Naked,’ in 1995.
Since then the collaboration has been as solid on stage as it is off it, they regularly appearing at charity events and are supporters of The Born Free Foundation and have performed at numerous venues, large and small, across the United Kingdom.
“We’ve done almost every kind of show possible over the past 25 years,” smiled Carmelo.
“There some venues on the autumn tour that we’ve not played for years but I enjoy going to places and making days of it, I even take my road bike for early morning rides, so yes, you could say we’re looking forward to it.”
“We do what we love to do musically, and work to connect and engage with our audiences in an intimate way,” continued Kiki
“I’ve gone from chasing the dreams and the big hits to just going out there and getting on with it with what has always been an eclectic mix of a show. The show is very much a musical journey, an acoustic journey, which we love taking and there’s a mix of our original music, some hits of my own, and some covers.
“We have done a slowed down version of ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ for a while now, just myself, vocally, which is great fun to perform that way. It’s a differing mix of music that is performed without compromising any artistic integrity.”
A highlight of their time would be their appearing on The Old Grey Whistle Test Reunion with the legendary, ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, alongside artists old and new, from Dave Stewart to Wildwood Kin.
Stories which Whispering Bob would be proud of will resonate throughout those portrayed by Kiki and Carmelo, alongside songs from artists like Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra, and Kiki’s own, extensive, yet stunning repertoire from ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ to ‘Amoureuse’ and all that was in-between.
A musical journey, an acoustic journey, of their respective, intertwining careers where, “Really, if you could bottle up the magic from all the shows, then it would be like magic.”
Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri will be at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on September 28. For more information or to book visit www.kikiandcarmelo.com.