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Hazel announces An Evening with... 2017 Tour
1st Nov 2016

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An Evening With Hazel OConnor 2017 - Back

Memories of
Mr David Bowie
1st February 2016

Hello Everyone!

Such a long time since my last newsletter. I hope that 2016 is treating you all well thus far.

2015 finished on a high with the 35 years tour. Breaking Glass back on the big screen and a sell out performance at the Chapel in London. Who'd have thought it 35 years later? Thank you all for coming along and for your support. You made us feel very special.

The new year seems to have taken many of our favourite artists from us. So many people that have touched our lives and are now gone. As with many of you, I was numbed by the passing of Mr David Bowie, a great influence in my life. I posted my memories of the starman on facebook and I have copied them into this newsletter incase you have not already read them. Wherever our heroes are now, i hope that their onward journey is a good one.

The dog training is finally paying off and the young ones, Lola and Diva, are slowly calming down. Well, sometimes..... unusually, the other day I managed to sleep in for an extra hour. When I got up to let them out, it looked like it had been snowing in the house. Diva, in her disapproval at my late rising, decided to rip her bed to shreds. There was white foam everywhere. How on earth is there so much foam in one little dog bed? Oh Diva, she's certainly living up to her name. On the other hand though, old guy Ross is getting frail and not well. The vet says his time is limited, so feeling sad knowing that the day I will have to say goodbye is looming ever nearer.

On a more positive note, the new "An Evening with........" 2016 tour is looking good. The first date at the Black Box in Belfast sold out really quickly and was a fabulous night for us gals. Belfast, you rocked! So looking forward to getting out on the road to see you all. The tour continues next week in Wales. All dates and links are at the bottom of the page. Three of them are already sold out and another three are almost gone. Wow, such an amazing response, thank you all! Scotland - we haven't forgot you, we are trying for dates with you, its hard, but we'll get there.

Time to take the dogs out - don't want to spend the evening cleaning up foam again,

Wishing everyone health, happiness, and plenty of sunshine for 2016,
Love from Hazel x


Memories of David Bowie


Almost a week ago, the world learnt that the inspiration of generations of songwriters musicians and performance artists had left us. So shocked by the sad news, these are my memories of Mr David Bowie.

I first met David when I was filming Breaking Glass. Tony Visconti who was producing the album knew that I was a big fan and invited me down to his Good Earth studios in Soho to meet him. While we were chatting, David turned to me and asked, "I hear you cut Tony's hair, could you give me a haircut?". Yeah! How could I refuse the chance of cutting my hero's hair? So, with the office shears and a dirty tea cloth draped over his shoulders, I shakily obliged him.

I bumped into him, literally, some weeks later when he came to a private screening of Breaking Glass. I came into screening room a tad late and in the total darkness I stumbled over someone's feet. When i looked up it was David. After the screening we all went to the pub together and he said he would come see a gig of mine a few weeks later when I was supporting Iggy Pop.

So, a few weeks later, he came to see me at the Camden Palace. I felt so proud. It was the first time in my life ever that I played Will You live. I thought the song was too soppy but it went down a storm and I was bursting with happiness that Bowie, the king, had bothered to come to see me play.

Soon after, I became crazy famous and found it hard to deal with. We met up again at a charity function and he gave me pearls of wisdom. "Look Hazel, you can bet that all these people know more about you than you do about them. So even the playing field and find out about them. Simple stuff like, what's your name? Your job? Your hopes? etc". I have done that ever since, and fanlike behaviour never frightened me again!

The next time I met him was July 1985 at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium where my pal and co player Clare Hirst was playing saxophone in his band. He was sweet and personable as always.

Several years later, Cormac De barra and I flew to New York to record with Tony Visconti for our Beyond Breaking Glass show. Tony took us straight from the plane to go see a Placebo concert where David was going to do a guest appearance with them. After the gig we had a hug and a hello. He had now married his lovely wife Iman and I wished him all happiness. I think he found it.

Finally, i saw him was about 10 years ago at a concert at the 02 Dublin. My first manager Alan Edwards was there and was now Davids publicity agent, as was my road manager Frankie who was now his road manager. I can't remember if we said hello, I was so excited to see my old team there now with the king. That was my last time and, like Clare Hirst said to me yesterday, "I always thought I'd see him again", and so did I. Now all his songs are whizzing through my head daily as they are for zillions of people around the world.

Such a loss to us all but his legacy lives on and his work will continue to inspire us.
Shine on Starman x


An Evening with 2016 TOUR DATES
Two separate live sets followed by a meet and greet.


FEB 05 THEATR MWLDAN - Cardigan, UK !!!!! JUST FEW TICKETS LEFT !!!!!
FEB 06 WYESIDE ARTS - Builth Wells, UK ***** SOLD OUT *****
MAR 03 SWINDON ARTS CENTRE - Swindon, UK !!!!! JUST FEW TICKETS LEFT !!!!!
MAR 04 STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE - Stamford, UK ***** SOLD OUT *****
MAR 05 CIVIC ARTS CENTRE - Oswaldtwistle, UK
MAR 06 WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE - Sale, UK
MAR 08 TELFORDS - Chester, UK
MAR 09 PAVILLION ARTS CENTRE - Buxton, UK
MAR 10 CITADEL - St Helens, UK
MAR 11 VILLAGE HALL - Lowdham, UK ***** SOLD OUT *****
MAR 12 GEORGIAN THEATRE ROYAL - Richmond, UK
MAR 13 GREYSTONES - Sheffield, UK
APR 02 OLD MARKET - Brighton, UK
APR 03 McMILLAN THEATRE - Bridgewater, UK
APR 07 ROBIN 2 - Wolverhampton, UK
APR 08 ST JOHN'S CHURCH - Farncombe, UK
APR 09 SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS - Stroud, UK
APR 10 SQUARE and COMPASS - Ilminster, UK
MAY 04 NEW THEATRE ROYAL - Portsmouth, UK
MAY 06 THE LIGHTS - Andover, UK
MAY 07 WINDLESHAM THEATRE - Windlesham, UK

Hazel announces An Evening with... 2016 Tour
30th Nov 2015

Hazel OConnor 35 Years Of Breaking Glass

35 Years Of Breaking Glass Tour
30th May 2015

Hazel OConnor 35 Years Of Breaking Glass
Hazel O'Connor - 35 Years Of Breaking Glass

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Breaking Glass, Hazel announces the first ever showing on the big screen of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film.

The screening will be followed by a live performance of songs from the film plus other favourites and an intimate Q & A with Hazel herself.

An evening with... Hazel O'Connor
2nd April 2015

Hello Everyone!

A few words from me before the next round of live dates "An Evening with...". In order to include as many of your favourites as possible, we are now doing a new two part performance with lots of Breaking Glass and stories in the first half . So its very important the get there at beginning so that you do not miss the first part of the show. The ‘premiere’ in this format was at the Tithe Barn in Bishops Cleeve and proved to be very successful, so I am very excited to have this opportunity to present this new show to you all in the next few weeks.

2015 has already been very busy and, major flu not withstanding, I had a fabulous time on the “Up Close and Personal” tour in Ireland and France with Cormac. It was wonderful to sing in my hometown at Cov Cathedral for the Pride of Britain Awards. Then, the next day doing Q & A at the Coventry Music Museum where I really enjoyed our intimate chat hosted by Pete Chambers. Thanks to everyone for coming along and supporting us.

This last week has been very special as we have a new addition to the pack. Diva, a rescue dog who has been with us for 8 days now.... and 8 days i've been running around blocking holes in the fence lol. She’s lovely but she arrived in her first season and that drove old guy Rossy to distraction. Every ones getting on really well though, so very happy.


Diva
Meet Diva the new addition to the pack


Be safe, looking forward to seeing you all soon,
Love from Hazel x

2015 TOUR DATES
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APR 17 THE BREWHOUSE - Taunton, UK
APR 18 SUNDIAL THEATRE - Cirencester, UK
APR 19 THE STABLES - Milton Keynes, UK *** Support – Tensheds ***
APR 22 WILDE THEATRE - Bracknell, UK
APR 23 BUSH HALL - London, UK
APR 24 ASTOR THEATRE - Deal, UK *** SOLD OUT, Contact venue for returns ***
APR 25 SOMBORNE SESSIONS - Kings Somborne, UK *** SOLD OUT, Contact venue for returns ***
MAY 24 BOAT SHOW - Crick, UK
MAY 29 TRADES CLUB - Hebden Bridge, UK
MAY 30 GREYSTONES - Sheffield, UK
MAY 31 THE BRINDLEY - Runcorn, UK
JUNE 20 ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN - Uttoxeter, UK
JUNE 21 WILLOWMAN FESTIVAL - Thirsk, UK

Autumn Tour with Hugh Cornwell
25th October 2014

Hello Everyone!

A few words from me before the next round of live dates. The last few months have been very busy with the release of Here She Comes earlier in the year. We have had an amazing spring/summer on the HSC tour and the summer festivals. Thanks to you all for coming along to the shows and for supporting us.

The shows at the end of the month with Sarah and Clare have been sold out for some time now. If you didn't manage to get tickets, you can catch us in Nov/Dec on the double headliner tour with Hugh Cornwell. It promises to be quite a tour, both Hugh and myself will be performing full seperate sets and the Camden Electric Ballroom show on Dec 4 will also feature the legendary John Cooper Clarke as very special guest. I know i'm repeating myself but, don't be "Hanging Around" and miss out, get your tickets soonest as they are selling quickly.

There are some Up Close and Personal dates in Ireland and in France with the lovely Cormac De Barra. One of these is a return date to Edith Piafs old haunt, the Café de Paris in Paris - so who's up for a romantic weekend in Paris? There are a few more Up Close dates to be confirmed, details will be posted soonest on Facebook and the website.

Breaking news of the last few days is the paperback release of Breaking Glass Barefoot this week. It is available direct from Wymer and also from Waterstones and Foyles and hopefully in your local bookshop soon. If your local bookshop hasn't got it in and you aren't keen on buying from the internet, you should be able to order it with the Product Code: ISBN978-1-908724-22-9.

As many of you probably already know, at the end of September, i was hospitalised because my blood pressure was dangerously off the scale. Thank you all for your get well wishes and making me feel so special. It was a very scary time but i am glad to say, that with the help of some great doctors, things are slowly getting back on track.

I have been advised to stay away from salt and thats been a big eye opener, added salt is in nearly every food stuff on the shelves, including chocolate! Thank goodness, i don't add too much extra salt to my plate because there is already far more than is good for us. Stress appears to have been the main trigger so I have been ordered to take things easy and avoid stressful situations. That is so difficult for me as i am always on the go and can't sit still for five minutes. During my "forced" rest, i discovered a great series called Homelands and have become a huge fan. Without giving anything away, its a political/psychological thriller based around the secret missions of a bipolar CIA officer and a marine prisonner of war that got turned to work for the other side; love, hate, twists and intrigue galore - well worth checking out if you have never seen it.

Be safe, looking forward to seeing you all soon,

Love from Hazel x

2014 TOUR DATES
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HAZEL O'CONNOR with CLARE HIRST AND SARAH FISHER
OCT 30 THE PHOENIX THEATRE & ARTS CENTRE - Bordon, UK *** SOLD OUT ***
OCT 31 GEORGE HOTEL - South Molton, UK *** SOLD OUT ***
NOV 02 ARTS FESTIVAL - Trowbridge, UK *** SOLD OUT ***

HAZEL O'CONNOR with CORMAC DE BARRA
NOV 08 THE HUB - Avoca, Co Wicklow, IE

HUGH CORNWELL and HAZEL O'CONNOR
NOV 25 ROBIN 2 - Wolverhampton, UK
NOV 26 THE LIVE ROOMS - Chester, UK
NOV 27 ARC - Stockton on Tees, UK
NOV 28 THE SAGE - Gateshead, UK
NOV 29 THE LIQUID ROOMS - Edinburgh, UK
NOV 30 THE WARDROBE - Leeds, UK
DEC 03 CONCORDE 2 - Brighton, UK
DEC 04 ELECTRIC BALLROOM - London, UK *** With special guest JOHN COOPER CLARKE ***
DEC 05 TRINITY CENTRE - Bristol, UK
DEC 06 ACADEMY 2 - Manchester, UK
DEC 07 EPIC - Norwich, UK

2015 TOUR DATES
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HAZEL O'CONNOR with CORMAC DE BARRA
FEB 13 THE SPIRIT STORE - Dundalk, Co. Louth, IE
FEB 26 CAFE DE PARIS - Paris, FR
FEB 28 CHATEAU H - St Julia, FR

Tour News and new album
23rd February 2014

Hello Everyone!

How busy these last few months have been! I can't believe that we are almost into March already. I trust that 2014 has brought you and your loved ones good things?

The new cd Here She Comes is finally finished and set for release on 3rd March. It is being very well received by press and radio, so fingers crossed that you like it too.

As you already probably already know, the Here She Comes tour 2014 starts next week too. Just incase, here are the dates. I know i say this everytime but a couple of the dates are already sold out, so if you want to come to one of the shows please do get your tickets soon. Full details can be found on the website as always - www.hazeloconnor.com. If you are using a portable device this link will take you to a my new lightweight website for mobiles so you won't be using up your expensive megas and gigas!

MAR 01 @ MINERAL LINE - Roadwater, Somerset *** SOLD OUT ***
MAR 02 @ PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE - Gt Torrington, Devon
MAR 05 @ FISHER THEATRE - Bungay, Suffolk
MAR 06 @ THE HAWTH - Crawley, West Sussex
MAR 07 @ ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE - Fareham, Hants *** SOLD OUT ***
MAR 08 @ FOREST ARTS CENTRE - New Milton, Hants
MAR 11 @ TELFORDS WAREHOUSE - Chester, Cheshire
MAR 12 @ CIVIC ARTS CENTRE - Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire *** SOLD OUT ***
MAR 13 @ GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE - Grantham, Lincolnshire
MAR 14 @ GEORGIAN THEATRE ROYAL - Richmond, Yorkshire
MAR 15 @ THE FORUM MUSIC CENTRE - Darlington
MAR 16 @ THE GREYSTONES - Sheffield
APR 02 @ BELGRADE THEATRE - Coventry
APR 03 @ HUNTINGTON HALL - Worcester
APR 04 @ CORNERSTONE ARTS CENTRE - Didcot, Oxon
APR 05 @ ARTS4 EVERY1 CENTRE - High Wycombe, Bucks
APR 09 @ THE LIGHTS - Andover
APR 10 @ THE COURTYARD - Hereford
APR 11 @ QUEENS HALL - Narberth, Dyfed
APR 12 @ VILLAGE HALL - Goodrich, Herefordshire
MAY 09 @ VICTORIA HALL - Settle, Yorkshire

At the beginning of January, as a little taster for the album, Sarah, Clare and I did a guerilla video shoot in Paris. We had such fun doing it. At the beginning it was only to feature us three gals, the leading man Thierry Antoine who has a band called Maybe Pop Is and whom some of you may have seen doing support at our Paris gig last year, and two actor friends Loredana Acquaviva and Daniel Pearson. As you'll see, we shot it in a restaurant/bar and during the shoot we noticed that the customers and staff were really enjoying it and singing along to the song. Well what could we do? We couldn't resist it, we just had to get all those lovely people on film too! We enjoyed ourselves so much, I do hope that comes across in the vid and ofcourse that you enjoy it as much as we did!

So here it is "Don't you call me darling" and this is the link -
YouTube
Enjoy and please do share with your pals!

As always we will be doing meets and greets after the shows, so we will be able to chat and sign things for you - even the new album if you'd like, as it will be on sale.

If you can't make it to the shows, here is a link to Cherry Red who are doing mail order
Cherry Red

There are lots of great radio shows coming up - i recorded a session with Jools Holland for BBC radio 2 last week and there will be live session on Livvy and Chrissie next Saturday, just to name a couple. Infact for the last two weeks i have done lots of interviews and there are lots more to come, so please do keep watching Facebook/Twitter and when i hear when the programmes will be broadcast i will let you know.

Here's one that i did today with Pete Phillips of Choice Radio Worcester. Enjoy!
Choice Radio

Hope to see you at one of the shows,

Love from Hazel x

Tour News and new album
30th September 2013

Hello Everyone!

Its been such a long time since my last newsletter, i hope that you have all had a great summer?

Its been a busy last few months and, with the rapidly approaching Autumn dates, the next few are looking even more so. The first two dates, which are the only shows in Ireland this year, will be Dublin and Slane with Cormac and Ruairi de Barra. All of the tour dates are at the bottom of the page. Please be aware that Shoreham and Bishops Cleeve are already sold out and a few of the other dates are going that way too, so do get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Summer zipped by with the festivals and the 8 day run of Beyond Breaking Glass in Edinburgh. Fifteen years on since we first show cased the show to five star reviews, Cormac and I were delighted get a five star review this time round too! We had a wonderful time meeting up with friends old and new, and finished off the run by doing a mini gig at an informal after show get together.

Thanks to everyone that came along to the summer shows. Your support is always much appreciated!

In between time, with Sarah and Clare, we have been working on a new album which will be called "TORCH". All the songs are now written and we will be going into the studio to record after the tour. One of the songs is in French, so for the past two weeks i have worked on this song with some of my French pals to perfect my accent. We had so many fits of uncontrolable laughter. I'm in full admiration of their patience with my Franglais!

I also recorded for a Christmas single in aid of VIVA (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals). Many well known stars are contributing their voices to the cause and its all been orchestrated by Debbie Curtis who has worked on the project since last December. Release date and pre - order details will follow soon.

My dogs are all well. There have been many tears, but Jess has rallied round and seems to be much stronger and is comfortable. She's still on steriods to keep her going. It's a day by day thing.

On my travels many of you have asked where you can buy releases from my back catalogue. Due to the increasing number of unofficial sources, particulary of downloads, i have been working with Maureen, who many of you know, to find a solution. We hope to get everything into place in the next couple of weeks and will be sending you another e-mail then. In the mean time you can still use the HOC Shop, but do not be alarmed at being asked to pay Just Vinyl as this is in fact Maureen selling under her Just Vinyl title on my behalf.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
Spread the sunshine!

Love from Hazel x


Live dates
OCT 09 NATIONAL CONCERT HALL - Dublin
OCT 17 BOYLES PUB - Slane
OCT 25 ROPETACKLE CENTRE - Shoreham-by-Sea *** SOLD OUT ***
OCT 26 THE WATERFRONT - Norwich
OCT 27 ARTS CENTRE - Cranleigh, Surrey
OCT 29 GRAND THEATRE - Lancaster
OCT 30 ROBIN 2 - Bilston, Wolverhampton
OCT 31 FLOWERPOT - Derby
NOV 01 THE BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB - Leeds
NOV 02 THE CLUNY - Newcastle
NOV 03 O2 ACADEMY - Liverpool
NOV 06 PAVILION ARTS CENTRE - Buxton
NOV 07 THE HIPPODROME - London
NOV 08 THE BROOK - Southampton
NOV 09 WHIT LIVE - Whitstable
NOV 10 TITHE BARN - Bishops Cleeve *** SOLD OUT ***