James Nesbitt stole the show with an impromptu performance of Teenage Kicks featuring Ash and T’Pau chairwoman Carol Decker.
He, the 57-year-old Bloodlands star, rocked a crowd of celebrities and winners at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards when he took to the stage to perform his classic. The Undertones late Friday night at the Culloden Hotel in Cultra, Co Down.
Tim Wheeler, Ash’s frontman, said: “I didn’t know Jimmy would be here until I met him in the afternoon. I know he’s a huge Teenage Kicks fan. He was watching our sound check and I asked him to get up with us but he said he had to think about it. He went away and thought about it for a bit and said ‘it’s pretty high’. He must have gone and heard it. We played it on a C and The Undertones played it on a D so we turned it down a bit. And he said ‘great, I’ll do it.’
“I was hoping that Carol Decker would jump. I wanted it to be a surprise. She helped me with the backing vocals. It’s exactly the way I wanted it to be, it’s amazing.”
The Downpatrick rockers had a great performance of their hits that got everyone dancing, including Shining Light and Oh Yeah. It was perfect to whet the appetite for their December Ulster Hall performance, which will be celebrating 25 years since the release of their debut album, 1977.
Tim explained: “This is our first time at the awards ceremony. It’s great. I just love what the award stands for and hear all the stories. It’s amazing to look back on 30 years with the band and so much has happened during that time. I don’t feel any different than when I started. We can’t wait for the Ulster Hall show. We want to do something big this year. We always play Ulster Hall over Christmas for a homecoming show and we won it this year and it’s going to be brilliant.
“I had some really confused things at first but then I wrote The Girl From Mars when I was 16 and we still play it and I’m really proud of that. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to. change anything about it.”
Tim also revealed the truth about the rumor Girl From Mars was originally called Girl From Ards but changed when they hit big.
He added: “It is not true. Sorry people from Ards thought so. Maybe it’s time for me to do an Ards song.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/jimmy-nesbitt-performs-brilliant-rendition-of-teenage-kicks-with-ash-at-awards-show-42032267.html Jimmy Nesbitt Shows Outstanding Performance of Teenage Kicks with Ash at the Awards