Midge Ure to kick 2015 tour off in the Highlands

The singer will start his 'Breathe Again' tour, with a show at Ironworks in Inverness on 18 March. Picture: PA

The singer will start his 'Breathe Again' tour, with a show at Ironworks in Inverness on 18 March. Picture: PA

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SCOTS MUSICIAN Midge Ure is kicking off his 2015 tour in the Highlands.

The singer has announced an extra date to his ‘Breathe Again’ tour, starting the 14-date event with a show at Ironworks in Inverness on 18 March.

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Twenty years on from the final completion of his album, ‘Breathe’, he is back on the road to recreate the album.

It is also the first time in 20 years that he has toured as an acoustic three piece, being joined on stage by Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe of ‘India Electric Co’, a support act from his 2011 tour.

As well as the performances from the ‘Breathe’ album, Midge will be performing a range of hits from his career which spans over 40 years.

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He said: “I’m looking forward to starting the ‘Breathe Again’ tour in Inverness and marking 20 years since I last toured the UK as an acoustic three piece.

“I’m delighted to be joined on the tour by Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe.

“They were a support act at one of my solo shows in 2011, and their wide range of musical textures will complement the ‘Breathe’ album with all its acoustic textures and nuances.

“We’ll also be giving the usual suspects a make-over. I’m really looking forward to it!”

Midge Ure is well known for co-writing and producing the charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ in 1984, and co-organising Live Aid.

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Just last month he was back in the studio producing a remake of the hit Christmas single, which stormed the official UK singles chart, going straight in at number one.

With a Grammy and The Ivor Novello awards up his sleeve, Midge has had a number of musical highlights over the last 40 years including performances with Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox.

He is renowned for co-producing Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, a song he wrote with Sir Bob Geldof, which sold 600,000 copies in the first week; and over three million world-wide.

It lead on to Live Aid, the 1985 global concert which raised a staggering £8 million for those starving in Africa.

His ‘Breathe’ album was released in 1995, selling over half a million copies in Europe and was followed by extensive touring.

In 2005, Midge’s services to music and charity were recognised in the Birthday Honours list, with him being awarded an OBE.

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