The life of a musician can be a juggling act between the competing demands of touring and family life.
For Grammy award-winning artist Midge Ure, means heading out on the road in relatively short bursts, so he can spend as much times as possible at his home in Bath, near Bristol.
“I try to arrange things so that I’m not away from family for too long, so that means touring New Zealand and Australia in one go to make the most of it,” Ure told The Star.
“Although as soon as I mentioned that I would be coming to New Zealand, the family all wanted to come, too.”
Ure has joined forces with Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe of the India Electric Company for the “Something from Everything Tour” – a retrospective of his long and successful career.
Dunedin fans will get their chance to hear this music legend when the trio performs at Dunedin’s Mayfair Theatre next Wednesday, March 22, at 8pm.
Although he has made several visits to New Zealand in recent years, this will be Ure’s first visit to Dunedin, and he is looking forward to sharing his musical history with a local audience.
With 40-plus years of music to choose from, the selection process was tough.
“We started out with about 40-odd songs and, keeping in mind what the people will want to hear, we have whittled it down to the set list we have now,” he said.
“I think there will be something to keep everyone happy.”
Midge Ure’s international musical influence reaches back more than 40 years, and includes Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox, Band Aid, a plethora of high-profile charity events, along with an array of TV, theatre and film music credits.
Ure’s services to music and charity were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2005, when he was awarded an OBE. He has also received honorary doctorates from the Edinburgh and Dundee Universities.
Ure made a connection with The India Electric Company after the duo performed several times as his opening act. Every time, he was highly impressed by their musicianship and so he invited them to tour with him in 2015, when he celebrated the 20th anniversary of the successful Breathe album.
“It was such a great experience that we kind of extended the tour into this ‘Something from Everything’ project,” he said.
“It started me thinking about revisiting some older material that I never envisaged playing again, as well as a raft of hits.
“Then I decided it would be a fun idea to play something from every album I have recorded, right from the Rich Kids, via Visage and Ultravox, to my latest solo album, Fragile.”
The Star has two double passes to give away to the Midge Ure Trio’s “Something from Everything” show next Wednesday, March 22, at the Mayfair Theatre.
To enter the draw, answer the following question: Name Midge Ure’s most recent solo album.
Send your answer, and daytime phone number, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Midge Ure Competition” in the subject line.
Entries close at noon on Monday, March 20.