Freddie for a Day

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The song to come in at number nine in the Alfie Boe Best Live Song poll 2018 is a very apt choice, since it is a duet with fan favourite Laura Wright and Alfie and Laura were both announced as part of the line up for the By The River Festival last week.

Which song am I talking about?  It is of course, Barcelona, performed at the Freddie for a Day celebrations in September 2013:

Barcelona featured in the very first poll but then disappeared until now.  Perhaps it is because Laura and Alfie’s voices work so well together, as the audience clearly thought so.  Although this is the only footage we have of Alfie and Laura singing this together, Alfie did appear as a guest on Katherine Jenkins’s Home Sweet Home album singing Barcelona and they performed together at the 2014 pre Commonwealth Games concert in Edinburgh:

Barcelona was originally written by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran and recorded by Mercury (one of Alfie’s favourites) and the Spanish soprano, Montserrat Caballe in 1987. Memorably, it featured heavily during coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Home Sweet Home, featuring Barcelona is available here:

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Looks like Alfie Boe is starting to be busy over the next few weeks – in addition to appearing at Elton John’s annual fundraising bash on 4th September, he is scheduled to appear on BBC Radio Ulster for a brief chat tomorrow evening (Sunday 31st).

Apparently Alfie will be on about 8.45pm (UK time).  Alfie’s upcoming appearance at Belfast’s Proms in the Park is bound to be the subject of the interview.

As Alfie will be in the UK this week, wonder if he’ll appear, for the third year in a row, at the Mercury Phoenix Trust’s Freddie for a Day fundraiser?

For a Saturday treat, let’s look back at Alfie and Laura Wright singing Barcelona at the 2013 event:

 

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