Marc Almond and Jessie Wallace to perform special Soho show with Tim Arnold
Marc Almond is to perform his songs about central London’s Soho district on May 10 at London’s Soho Theatre.
As well as various songs about his love of Soho from his past, Almond will join singer-songwriter Tim Arnold in performing Arnold’s song Don’t Go Changin’ Soho, which Arnold has written for his Save Soho campaign.
The gig marks the launch of Arnold’s self-titled album under the alias The Soho Hobo. A concept album about Soho, the album will be performed in a theatrical setting, including a re-enactment of the famous nude Windmill Theatre fan dance by burlesque performer Giddy Heights.
Arnold’s mother Polly Perkins was the youngest performer of the original dance, before she hosted the first Gay Pride march in London with Tom Robinson in 1979. The show also features Arnold’s partner, EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace.
The Soho Hobo album is released in July, but 100 copies will be available at the show.
Arnold has been instrumental in the Save Soho campaign, aimed at preserving cultural landmarks in the area, after influential venues The 12 Bar and Madame Jo Jo’s were shut down by developers.
The campaign has the support of Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch. Campaign song Don’t Go Changin’ Soho also features Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp.