Hue And Cry celebrate 40th anniversary with Labours Of Love series
By Classic Pop | January 10, 2024
Brothers Pat and Greg Kane celebrate 40 years of Hue And Cry with Labours Of Love audio and video series
Labours Of Love is an exciting deep dive into 40 years of Hue And Cry. Starting on 12 January, the series comes in the form of 12 four-track EPs, released on streaming platforms every second Friday of the month, and a documentary series via YouTube on every fourth Friday of the month.
Labours Of Love launches with the first EP and documentary episode titled Beginnings, which covers the period of 1984 to 1985.
The inaugural EP includes four previously unheard demos of Close The Door, Love In Word, Dangerous Wreck, and I Refuse, while the first in the YouTube documentary series will look at their beginnings in mid-80s Glasgow and how the core musical “DNA” for Hue And Cry was captured in early songs and persists right to the present.
Looking back with Labours Of Love
The years’ worth of content is a backstage pass to every era of Hue And Cry; one for fans, collectors, historians, geeks, and the inquisitively minded.
“Well doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?” comments Pat Kane. “Thanks to my brother Gregory’s careful & patient curation of thousands of items from our musical past, we can bring music lovers a panorama of 40 years of our creativity, in pop, soul, jazz, media, videos and much else. It’s an intriguing, looking over four decades, how much you change and how much you stay the same… Maybe listeners will have the same kind of rich memory trip as Gregory and I got, as we pulled this together.”
A musical journey with Hue And Cry
Never-before-heard material from Pat and Greg’s personal archive spanning from 1984 to 2024 will be released in digital formats over the 12-part journey, unearthing live recordings, demos, archival performances, rarities, bootlegs, and more from every stage in their career.
“We wanted to use our 40th Anniversary as an opportunity to dive deep into the many boxes of demo cassette tapes, DAT tapes, CDRs, press clippings and old photographs we’ve accumulated throughout the years.”
Greg explained: “I’ve been glancing at all these boxes for years wondering when, where and why to start looking through them. Wind forward to 2024 and over the last 3 years of archiving, I’ve retrieved, recorded, and restored over 180 unreleased tracks comprising of live performances, demos, album outtakes and interviews along with nearly 200 press clippings and over 200 photographs.
“All of these assets have enabled us to accurately chart Pat and I’s musical journey over the last 40 years, and what a journey it has been!”
The documentary series, filmed, directed and produced by Greg, consists of 12×5 minute episodes that will reveal curios, photographs, videos, memorabilia, and lost footage, whilst the brothers talk through their experiences, as well as record their reactions looking at and listening to archived materials they re-discovered as part of the process of accumulating this archive.
On the road in 2024
Additionally, Hue And Cry will embark on a 40th Anniversary Tour in October. The 14-date run, which opens in Aberdeen on 10 October and concludes at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 9 November, promises to be a celebration like no other, featuring a carefully curated setlist that spans the entirety of Hue and Cry’s amazing career.
10 October Aberdeen The Tivoli Theatre
11 October Hamilton The Town House
12 October Edinburgh The Queen’s Hall
17 October Greenock Beacon Arts Centre
18 October Stirling The Albert Halls
19 October Dundee Whitehall Theatre
24 October Perth Concert Hall
25 October Glasgow Pavilion Theatre (Sold Out)
26 October Glasgow Pavilion Theatre
01 November Gateshead Glasshouse Sage2 (Sold Out)
02 November Cardiff Tramshed
07 November Manchester RNCM Theatre
08 November Birmingham Town Hall
09 November London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Want to know more about Hue And Cry? Check out our Pat Kane interview