Originally formed in 1991 to celebrate guitarist Tom McGuinness’ 50th birthday, The Manfreds show no sign of stopping.
Made up of four members of the original Manfred Mann, they are Guitarist Tom McGuinness, keyboard player
Mike Hugg (who formed the Mann Hugg Blues Brothers in 1962), original singer Paul Jones and his replacement Mike D’Abo, although the latter will not appear at every show.
The band Manfred Mann is now considered, more than ever, one of the finest and most respected bands from the ‘60s era, writes Martin Hutchinson.
Their numerous hits were R&B based with an undercurrent of jazz, an unusual but winning combination of playing style and substance.
As a result, their records have a timeless quality.
And, some 60 years on, The Manfreds will be performing many of their hits including Pretty Flamingo, 5-4-3-2-1, The One In The Middle, Come Tomorrow and Mighty Quinn .
And Do Wah Diddy Diddy, one of the most popular and instantly recognisable songs of the ‘60s, and still the biggest audience pleaser at their concerts, along with a mix of jazz and blues covers and tracks from their individual solo albums.
The Manfreds’ Hits Jazz and Blues Tour show on March 10 follows their March 4 tour opener with the tour ending on May 6. Tickets are available from Box Offices and all usual agencies.
The April 2 show at Pontins Lowestoft will be a Hits Show that features both Jones and D’Abo.
The Harrogate show on April 7 is a Maximum R’n’B Show featuring Jones, D’Abo and special guest Georgie Fame.
The Manfreds’ vocalist and harmonica player Jones, who started with Manfred Mann before becoming a popular and successful solo artist, said the band will attack shows with gusto and musical expertise.
“It will be pretty much mainly the early songs, but probably a few more obscure EP and album tracks as well as the hits.”
March 4 Butlins Skegness (with Jones and D’Abo)
March 10 Eastleigh Concorde Club
March 11 Weymouth Pavilion Theatre
March 17 Horsham Capitol Theatre
March 18 Solihull Core Theatre
March 23 Epsom Playhouse Theatre
March 24 IOW Shanklin Theatre
March 26 Christchurch Regent Theatre
April 2 Lowestoft Pontins (Hits Show with Jones & d’Abo)
April 6 Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
April 7 Harrogate Royal Hall (Max R&B date with Jones, D’Abo & Fame)
April 8 Morecambe The Platform
April 9 Stockport Plaza Theatre
April 21 Cromer Pier Pavilion
April 22 Basildon Towngate Theatre
April 27 Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre
April 28 Bury St.Edmunds The Apex
April 29 Lincoln Theatre Royal
May 3 London Boisdale Canary Wharf
May 5 Rotherham Civic Theatre
May 6 Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre