Preview: TONY CHRISTIE the Royal Daffodil Ferry, BBC Electric Proms

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Byline: by Jade Wright

AT 65, some people might be thinking of winding down, but Tony Christie says he's just getting going.

The Sheffield crooner, who shot back into the public consciousness four years ago when Peter Kay highlighted (Is This The Way To) Amarillo.

Tony is in Liverpool this week to launch the BBC Electric Proms with an unusual gig.

"The BBC rang and said 'Would you like to play the Electric Proms?' "says Tony. "Well I jumped at the chance. I thought it was in the Royal Albert Hall or the Festival Hall. I had plans for a full string section.

"Then they said that this year's Electric Proms is in Liverpool, and would I play on the ferry? I've played boats before - I've played on the QE2 - but I've never played on a little ferry, so I thought why not? It'll be an experience."

Tony will be showcasing tracks from his new album, Made In Sheffield. Produced by lifelong Tony Christie fans, Richard Hawley and Colin Elliot, the album is a dedication to the city that Tony grew up around, featuring new recordings of songs by the city's most revered contemporary artists and songs by unknown city songwriters deserving of acclaim. …