POP icon Hazel O'Connor has come a long way since bursting on to our TV screens during an airing of Top of the Pops and shocking the nation by stripping down to her black bra and mini skirt. The Eighties pop icon returns to the Plough Arts Centre on Sunday in a classy, vibrant trio.
Even before her exposure on Top Of The Pops, O'Connor had lived a colourful life. She left home at 16, lived in a squat in Amsterdam, travelled to Morocco then headed to Japan where she worked as a go-go dancer.
O'Connor's big break came when she was picked by director Brian Gibson to star as punk icon Kate in the film Breaking Glass. Impressively she wrote and performed all the songs for the film and the best-selling album. She also walked away with the Variety Club of Great Britain's 1980 Film Actress Of The Year title.
Since then O'Connor's career has been a rollercoaster ride full of adventure and trauma, sadness and celebrity, all of which she details in her autobiography, Breaking Glass Barefoot.
Her latest tour coincides with the 2014 release of her new album Here She Comes where she is joined by saxophonist Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) and keyboard player Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics).
The three have had great reviews for the superb blend of their voices and top musicianship.
Expect songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother and If Only.
The evening promises to be a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's prolific portfolio – the old, the new plus colourful stories from along the way. There is a special meet and greet immediately after the show.
Support on the evening comes from Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe.
Hazel O'Connor's Here She Comes tour heads to the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on Sunday, March 2, 7.30pm. Tickets: £16 (full), £15 (concession), £14 (Plough supporter). Box office: 01805 624624.