Ramin Karimloo Brings His Band to Cumbria

Ramin Karimloo Brings His Broadgrass Band to Cumbria

Tipped as one of the most formidable talents in musical theatre, Ramin Karimloo, is taking a step away from the West End stage and making his musical debut in Cumbria. On Thursday 19th January, Ramin and The Broadgrass Band will visit The Forum, in Barrow-in-Furness as part of their 12 date “Lead Me Home” tour.

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Ramin Karimloo, who has starred as leading roles in a number of renowned West End and Broadway shows, including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, classes the UK as his home and is delighted to be returning for the tour, even if it is slightly bittersweet.

Ramin said: “I’m lucky to have the chance to do this tour. It’s the final time I am going to be in the UK for the foreseeable future.

“I’m signed up to do Anastasia on Broadway next, so I’m booked up for all of 2017. I don’t know when I’ll be back and when I’ll be able to perform here again. Being a citizen of the world is charming, but it’s also confusing, being able to fit the tour in is really exciting for me.”

And it’s set to be pretty exciting for the audiences too, as Ramin and the Broadgrass Band promise to put on a show like no other. Featuring the passionate drama of musical theatre hits, original songs and covers performed in that unique, rootsy sound, that they have named “broadgrass.”

Ramin said: “I really want to emphasise that it’s not a cabaret and it’s not just another songs of the shows, it’s a really unique experience.”
“It’s the most diverse show you’ll ever see. It covers such a broad spectrum, it’s inspired by folk, country and even bluegrass. On paper it shouldn’t work, but somehow it does – Johnny Cash and Phantom of the Opera go hand in hand.”
Ramin, who also plays the banjo and guitar, will be joined on stage by band members Alan Markley, Jessie Linden, Nick Pini, Georgina Leach and Matthew Harvey, the latter of whom he met while starring in Murder Ballad in the West End last year.
The tour is quite a contrast to the leading role, West End and Broadway performances that have made Ramin’s name as a renowned musical theatre actor and seen him nominated for Olivier and Tony Awards. However, for Ramin every performance tells a story and funnily enough, he is crying out for the banter that comes with a more intimate audience.

He said: “After doing so many big shows, I like that I’ve got this diversity and the chance to go back and forth between the two. They both serve a purpose, they each make me better at the other one. For me, it’s about storytelling, that’s what I love about acting and writing songs, and storytelling is all about growing as a character and as a band.”

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The “Lead Me Home” tour was inspired by well-established theatre hits, but with Ramin being something of a musical innovator, you can be sure that it won’t be short of the personal touch.

Ramin explained: “Any song that emotionally takes me, I’ll give it a shot and see if it works. It’s whatever inspires me when I hear it and whatever sits right in my voice. I’ve got to make sure it’s got a truth to it. I have got to make sure the audience gets my complete commitment.”

He added: “At the moment I have been more inspired by re-interpreting theatre songs. Purely everyone has a good time with it, there’s no pressure.”
As long as he’s putting on a great show, he’s happy.

Ramin and The Broadgrass Band are bringing their “Lead me Home” UK tour to The Forum, in Barrow-in-Furness on Thursday 19th January. For tickets and more information visit http://www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

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