Chris Rea takes the Road to South Yorkshire

One of the UK’s foremost singer-songwriters is set to return to Sheffield once again, when Chris Rea plays the City Hall on Monday 26 March 2012.

Following his sell-out UK & European tour in 2010 and 2009’s UK Top Ten album Still So Far To Go: The Best of Chris Rea, the tour is in support of the release of his first new material in over a decade. Released in September last year, The Santo Spirito Project contains two feature-length films on DVD, written and directed by Rea, and two accompanying CDs of related songs and music.

The first film is a raw and brutally honest chronicle on bullfighting and features neo-classical & Spanish themed gypsy music, while the second film follows a man through the city of Florence in his search for the truth, on a journey which he may or may not wish he began.

On explaining the rational behind this ambitious project Rea said “I love creating things and passionately believe we (the artists) should be looking to try new ways of bringing what we do to the public. There should be no rules whatsoever and, for God’s sake, there are alternatives to TV talent shows”.

Rea’s career spans over thirty years and both The Road To Hell in 1989 and Auberge in 1991 debuted at No.1 in the UK and his many hit singles include Fool (If You Think It’s Over), On The Beach, Let’s Dance, Josephine, Stainsby Girls and I Can Hear Your Heartbeat, Working On It and Julia.

His long awaited autobiography The Road To Hell & Back Again, is also due for release later this year.

Monday March 26 2012, Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £35.50, Box office 01142 789 789, Sheffield City Hall