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Brian May and Kerry Ellis announce UK Candlelit Christmas tour (2016)

Brian May

Story by Jack Foley

QUEEN star Brian May and singing sensation Kerry Ellis have announced they are teaming up once more for a new series of UK concerts at the end of the year.

May and Ellis will play 11 shows across the country in the lead-up to Christmas.

Their Candlelit Christmas Tour kicks off on December 7, 2016, in Dorking, with the final date on December 23 in Guildford.

The concerts mark the pair’s sixth tour together since their first Anthems shows in 2011, which they performed on the release of Kerry’s first album, produced by Brian.

Says May: “Our show is largely acoustic and usually performed by candlelight. It’s very loose and interactive. In contrast to the bombast of a Queen show, our relationship with the audience is very informal – truly live and spontaneous.

“This is now my favourite way of performing – it’s a lot of fun and anything can happen. It takes some courage, but we believe our audience loves the fact that we take the risk to run the show completely ‘wild’. No clicks, no loops, no clutter. It’s fundamentally just a voice and a guitar.”

Adds Ellis: “It’s always a joy to be able to perform live with the ‘Doc’ and this time will be as magical as ever. We seem to always be developing and bring new ideas to the table. Alongside performing and recording we are still learning and for me that’s the exciting part. I feel very fortunate to be doing another tour together and sharing yet another show with our audiences.”

Brian May & Kerry Ellis UK Candlelit Christmas Tour December 2016

7 – Dorking Halls
8 – Worthing Assembly Hall
11 – Buxton Opera House
12 – Leeds Grand Theatre
14 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
15 – Preston Guildhall
17 – Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
19 – Cheltenham Town Hall
20 – Bristol Colston Hall
22 – Eastbourne Congress Theatre
23 – Guilford G Live

Tickets cost £45 and go on sale on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Performance times: 8pm