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Big-named stars appear in Bath this summer

A sensational line-up of musical acts have been confirmed for Bath's Forum by Bath Music Plus, which is determined to put Bath on the musical map.

The venture launched its world heritage series concerts last May with a gig by guitarist Brian May and his singing collaborator Kerry Ellis and this summer is set to play host a plethora of household-names.

On June 8, three-time Grammy Award-nominee Joan Armatrading will be performing a career-spanning set which includes hits such as Love and Affection, Me Myself I and Drop the Pilot.

The British singer and songwriter was ground-breaking, achieving chart success by spicing her take on folk with elements of rock, blues, and jazz.

In a recording career spanning 40 years she has released a total of 17 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations.

She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996.

Songwriter and performer Nick Lowe's influence on popular should not be underestimated.

A pivotal figure in UK punk rock and new wave movement, he has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums and is best known for his songs Cruel to Be Kind and I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass, he also wrote (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, a big hit for Elvis Costello.

He visits the Forum on June 21.

Likewise Patti Smith, who will be performing with her band, has had a remarkable impact on the musical world.

A highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses, Patti's political poetry has influenced the great and good for generations striking a cord with everyone from Bruce Springsteen, REM to The Smiths and Garbage.

Her most widely known song is possibly Because the Night, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number five in the UK charts in 1978.

Her appearance at the Forum on June 28 is set to coincide with the release of her 11th studio album.

American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright, who performs at the Forum on July 16, rose to fame in the late 1990s following the release of his eponymous debut album in '98.

He has gone on to record seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks.

His most recent album, Out of the Game, was produced by Mark Ronson and features guest musicians including his sister Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon and alt rockers Wilco.

On July 19, legendary supergroup Mike and The Mechanics are set to appear.

Formed in 1985 as a side project of Mike Rutherford, one of the founding members of the band Genesis, the band is known for their hit singles Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground), All I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of Mouth and the mega-selling hit singles Over My Shoulder and The Living Years.

Following the release of Rewired, the band's sixth studio album in 2004, the group went on hiatus.

Until Rutherford resurrected the band, with Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar on vocals, Luke Juby on keyboards, Gary Wallis on drums, and Anthony Drennan on guitar and bass, to release The Road last year.

Richard Thompson, who made his debut as a recording artist with Fairport Convention in the 1960s, will be performing on July 25.

The highly influential and prolific artist is regarded for his guitar techniques, Thompson was awarded the Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991.

In 2010 he was awarded the Mojo Les Paul Award for Guitar Legend.

The Forum's sensational summer of music kicks off on May 18 with An Appointment With The Waterboys.

The Waterboys were formed in 1983 by Mike Scott and became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic alternative rock albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon.

After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, the band created their million-selling album Fisherman's Blues, on which Scott's original and unusual songwriting was merged with older music – country, trad, blues and gospel – to electrifying effect.

Since then The Waterboys have continued to make genre-busting records and have matured into one of the world's finest live acts.

Their most recent album is An Appointment With Mr Yeats, a collection of lyrics by Ireland's greatest poet turned into incendiary rock songs, rapturously received by critics and audiences alike.

At these shows the band will play a mix of "killer vintage Waterboys" and the brilliant songs from An Appointment With Mr Yeats.
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