NEW 2015 CHRISTMAS ALBUM AVAILABLE SOON !
The autumn leaves are drifting down now from the trees and there’s a little
more chill in the breeze as the days pass by, the festive season is just
around the corner.
Christmas is one of Joe’s favourite times of the year and with this in mind he’s recorded in early November some new festive songs which he hopes will bring good cheer and enjoyment to you all.
There’s the best of his original Christmas Album alongside some great new songs:-
Here's the Track listing:-
Mary’s Boy Child
Morning Has Broken
The Christmas Song
Christmas Time Is Here
Brand new tracks arranged and produced by Vaughan Kennedy including
When A Child Is Born
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Priced at £11.99 inc P & P the release date for the album is Monday 15th
Pre orders by cheque or postal order can be placed now with Geraldine at JLFC, PO BOX 329, LYTHAM ST ANNES ,LANCS FY8 9HP, please send your name and address with the cheque or postal order made payable to
The album will be available for credit/debit card orders after the release date on Joe's online store.
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE IMPERIAL BLACKPOOL
Good Evening, we are very pleased to say that Joe is feeling good and is really looking forward to tomorrow's 'Afternoon Tea' at the Imperial Blackpool. It's been quite some time since Joe has been able to attend these exclusive events so tomorrow's is going to be extra special, Joe's first steps back to the stage and performing.
There will be a further announcement of another Afternoon Tea with Joe very soon so keep watching.
‘LONGTHORNE EYEING RETURN TO THE STAGE ‘
Resort entertainer Joe Longthorne has vowed to be back on stage in 2016. As the summer season in Blackpool comes to an end the veteran singer’s manager has spoken of his return to health following a cancer scare earlier this year.
In June last year, Joe was diagnosed with mouth cancer and faced a 12 hour operation to remove the tumour, forcing him to cancel a series of shows at Viva in Church Street. And this summer, when the tumour returned he pulled a season of shows at North Pier Theatre, when a six week course of radiotherapy & chemotherapy was prescribed to treat the disease.
Joe’s manager and partner Jamie Moran said “He’s doing really well, the radiotherapy finished 6 weeks ago but it stays in the system for six months- so it takes it’s toll.”
“Joe was 30 when he first got cancer. He’s 60 now and you don’t bounce back so quickly.”
Joe celebrated his 60th birthday in May with a concert at the London Palladium, as well as a night at Viva for his local supporters - with a double DVD set of the shows having been edited by Joe during his recovery.
And he’s looking forward to meeting fans at an afternoon tea event, in aid of the Joe Longthorne Foundation at The Imperial on Sunday 15 November- which Jamie described as his ‘first step back to work’.
“With it being his 60th birthday year, Joe does feel bad to have cancelled shows around the country, and to have missed two summer seasons in Blackpool, especially” Jamie added.
“But it does look like he’ll be back. In the past it’s been 150 shows a year, plus a summer season, but that’s a lot to do now and it’s too much with all the travel.”
‘While he has the studio at home and can work on recording new songs, being on stage is his big love-it’s what he’s lived his life for.”
“For now, he’s got to settle more in Blackpool and concentrate on the Foundation.”
The Joe Longthorne Foundation has been running for two years and supports charitable endeavours and individuals in their various causes.
Article by Vanessa Cornall and published in The Blackpool Gazette Sat 7/11/2015
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE : DARREN'S BACK TO SEE HIS FRIENDS OLD & NEW
That’s What Friends Are For couldn’t have been a better choice of name for Darren Day’s show at Viva last year.
The star of stage and screen stepped in at short notice to fill the Sunday night slot at the cabaret venue, when local favourite Joe Longthorne was diagnosed with mouth cancer and had to have a 12-hour operation and further treatment in June last year.
Now Darren and the show’s cast are back together for one night, this Sunday, with his own mix of music and impressions - inspired by his own admiration of Joe’s act.
Also to feature are singers Tracey Jordan and Caz Kaye, musical director Andy Mudd, and Viva’s own host Leye D Johns and the Viva showgirls.
The performer admits he was nervous before the first show last year, knowing how fond of Joe his fans are and the pressure he would be under.
“It was a mixed bag to be asked last year,” he said. “I was so privileged that Joe asked me to do the show, but they were massive shoes to fill - especially for someone like me who had been a fan myself.“The show was so well received and I had been so worried the first night. Viva was full of very hardcore Joe Longthorne fans, but they were so supportive and came back every week giving great comments on social media. “We were so sad when it came to the end of the season, so we’re genuinely excited to be doing a one night only special.”
The confidence he gained from the season’s run has seen Darren return to more cabaret work, away from his more typical musical theatre roots, and he’s added new material to his repertoire in the year since.
“It’s going to be great to perform back at Viva and to help mark the end of their summer season,” he said. “And it’s come full circle for this year, as the summer for me began with Joe’s 60th birthday show at the London Palladium.
“To be supporting my idol in that theatre, where I started my stage career [in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat] , was a magical experience.”
Darren’s promising the audience a ‘good old fashioned variety show’, as he takes a day’s break from filming new feature A Bus Could Run You Over with Billy Zane.
HOWARD KENDALL 1946-2015
News today that Howard Kendall, legendary football player and manager has passed away at the age of 69. Some of you may have seen Howard in the audience at Joe's concerts over the years, here's Joe :-
"Sad to hear today of the loss of the great Howard Kendall. Sincere deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones, God Bless Joe and James."