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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Carlisle deserves to have shows like Evita, says star Marti Pellow

Love was all around last time singer Marti Pellow played in Carlisle – so he was sold on a return when the chance came to bring the famous musical Evita to the city.

Marti Pellow photo
Marti Pellow

The Wet Wet Wet star said he was impressed with the “great audience” and reception he received when appearing in a production of the show Blood Brothers last year and was looking forward to his latest role in Cumbria.

Marti was speaking as a six-day run of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber West End musical got underway at the Sands Centre last night, ahead of his return later in the year with the band with whom he made his name.

“The audience was brilliant last time,” he said. “That is one of the reasons I wanted to do this, for the chance to perform at places like Carlisle.

“There’s lots of love for the arts in this region and Carlisle deserves to have this sort of show coming to town.

“I just hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoy playing here.”

In Evita, Marti plays Che, a character reflecting the voice of the Argentine people.

The musical – famed for the song Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former dictator Juan Peron.

Marti shot to fame in the 1980s as the frontman with Wet Wet Wet, famous for hits such as Sweet Little Mystery, Wishing I Was Lucky and Goodnight Girl.

The band also had the huge number one, Love Is All Around, which featured on the soundtrack to the film Four Weddings and A Funeral and topped the UK charts for 15 weeks in 1994.

Last year the band completed a greatest hits tour and will headline the Ultimate Ladies’ Night at Carlisle Racecourse on August 4.

Marti, a Scot who said he was looking forward to welcoming “loads of friends who are coming to visit”, said the two types of performing involved “different disciplines, different mediums”.

“You do your homework and it’s hard graft,” he said as he watched the stage being assembled in the main Sands Centre hall yesterday.

“Every venue is completely different. It’s good to see the nuts and bolts of the show being put together and to meet all the local people. It’s good to see the excitement.”

On the forthcoming Wet Wet Wet date, he said: “It’s nice to sing those songs.

“We just do what we do and those shows are about entertaining.

“We’re lucky to have a back catalogue where we can pull the songs out and put smiles on people’s faces.

“It never ceases to amaze me the love people have for music.”

Evita runs at the Sands until Saturday.

Tickets are available at www.thesandscentre.co.uk or on 01228 633766.

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