INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed vocalist Joe Longthorne is eagerly awaiting his return to Skegness next week, when he’ll be entertaining his loyal legions of fans once again.
The virtuoso singer will be reeling off note-perfect impressions of some of the industry’s most talented performers along with some new numbers from his latest album, Lady Blue, when he appears at The Embassy Theatre this Friday (July 20).
Speaking to the Standard, Joe said: “I feel fantastic, I’m enjoying this tour very much and I’m excited about returning to Skegness - I used to come here when I was a kid and it’s always nice to come back.
“Hopefully there’ll be something for everyone, whether they’re 12 or 112 - I’ve got a very strong fanbase who are all very loyal.”
Joe only recently won his long-running battle with leukaemia, during which the last rights were read to him four times.
Whereas many would take it easy after such a harrowing health scare, Joe shows no signs of slowing down and is booked to perform a staggering 150 shows this year alone.
He said: “When I had my bone marrow transfer I was very sick for six months, but when I got well again I couldn’t wait to get back on stage.”
Since his return to health, Joe says he has become an even more passionate performer and is keen to continue the job he loves so much.
“My performances have become much more concentrated since the illness,” he said.
“When I got on stage, I used to leave myself in the wings and perform on autopilot, but I’ve never had that since, which is a real break-through.”
Having grown up in a performing family of travellers, the showman spirit runs deep in his veins.
He said: “I had a great upbringing in show business, I was singing as a baby and never stopped since.
“How can you beat going around the world and getting paid for it? It’s such a wonderful thing.”
Joe’s 40 years of service to the musical world was recently recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
“It was a big shock and with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, it’s a great year to receive it,” he said.
The show will take place at 7.30pm on Friday.
Tickets cost £23.50 and £22.50 for adults, £21.50 and £20.50 for over 60s and £13 for children.
For further information call 0845 674 0505, visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk or pop into the box office in Grand Parade in person.