Slowly but surely, Simon Aldred's Cherry Ghost project has wormed its way into the taste-consciousness of the Great British public. Could it be the reflective romanticism of Aldred's lyrics? Is it the graceful melancholia of the band's thoughtful grown-up music? Or is it all down to teenager Birdy's rather pretty rendition of "People Help the People", issued a few weeks back (it reached #33 in the Singles Chart)?
Whatever the reason, Cherry Ghost aren't selling out stadiums like similar bedfellow from Greater Manchester, Elbow, nor are they as critically-revered as Mercury-nominated Mancs, I Am Kloot. This needs to be remedied as soon as possible - so, what have you missed so far? A cracking debut Top 10 album in the shape of "Thirst for Romance", complete with the near-hit "Mathematics" and the aforementioned Birdy cover, plus an even better follow-up, "Beneath this Burning Shoreline" (which slumped in comparison), with the gorgeous "Kissing Strangers". If there was any justice, they'd be selling out their fifth night in a row at the MEN Arena.
Reality bites hard and Cherry Ghost continue their gradual journey ever upwards. Over the next week, Aldred and co will play two acoustic shows in London and Manchester (the second show in their home city in 7 days, the first last night had sold out). There are still a few tickets left for Bush Hall in West London tomorrow night and the Deaf Institute in Manchester on the 19th (next Monday), priced at £17.50 (£12.50 for Manchester).
Further good news - Cherry Ghost have lined-up the first of more acoustic shows around the UK, starting with Newcastle on 16th February and Leeds on the 17th. Tickets for both have just gone on sale, both costing £12. There are bound to be more shows announced in due course - keep 'em peeled by bookmarking this page!