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Chris High reviews the popular album by Chris de Burgh - The Storyman


Chris de Burgh

Ferryman Productions
Label: Edel
October, 2006

Front cover of the Chris de Burgh album - The Storyman.



The first studio album from Chris de Burgh in two years, The Storyman is everything lovers of the man’s older records such as Crusader and Spanish Train & Other Stories could have hoped it would be.




Packed with songs, as the album’s title might suggest, filled with a story-based emphasis, this is an album that marks a return to the form of old, from first track to last.

There is very little here that can be said to disappoint, with the gargantuan Mirror Of The Soul taking the highest of plaudits, marginally ahead of One World, Spirit, the reprise of My Father’s Eyes featuring Hani Hussein which closes the album and Raging Storm featuring Kristyna Myles, this year’s Busker of the Year.

In the album’s accompanying booklet, Chris de Burgh urges the listener to close their eyes and let themselves believe they are in a cinema. Given the manner and style with which the content the songs on offer here are presented, this is not a difficult task. The introduction of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra adds a sense of depth to the album that, it might be said, has been missing from Chris’s last two offerings, Timing Is Everything and The Road To Freedom. Indeed, it is this sense of adventure that has sustained his career so it with open arms that such experimentation should be welcomed.

With a European tour set to commence, which promises more than a few surprises so rumour has it, there are songs here that can only be awaited with glee and that will amply fit the catalogue of much-loved live renditions that has made Chris de Burgh such a “must see” performer.

Overall, with The Storyman, Chris de Burgh can be said to be back at his very best musically and creatively and long may this return last and last.


‘The Storyman’ European Tour, 2006

  • November 18, 2006 Birmingham, UK, NEC - only UK show! Ticketline
    phone: 0870 909 4133 (NEC) or 0121 357 0000 (Ticketline)

  • November 21, 2006 Bayreuth, Germany, Oberfrankenhalle or Kartenkiosk
    phone: +49 (0) 9563 - 8366

  • November 22, 2006 München, Germany, Olympiahalle Eventim or Münchenticket
    phone: +49 (0)89 - 54 81 81 93

  • November 24, 2006 Frankfurt, Germany, Festhalle Eventim or Tickets-per-Post
    phone: +49 (0) 180 - 535 2 530

  • November 25, 2006 Dortmund, Germany, Westfalenhalle Eventim
    phone: + 49 (0)231 - 1203333

  • November 27, 2006 Hamburg, Germany, CCH 1 Eventim
    phone: +49 (0) 40 - 41 8068

  • November 28, 2006 Berlin, Germany, Max-Schmeling-Halle Eventim or Konzertkasse phone: +49 (0)30 - 61 10 13 26

  • November 30, 2006 Zürich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion - only Swiss show! Ticketcorner

  • December 1, 2006 Stuttgart, Germany, Schleyerhalle Eventim or Musiccircus
    phone: +49 (0)711 - 22 11 06

  • December 3, 2006 Düsseldorf, Germany, Philipshalle Eventim
    phone: +49 ( 0) 211 - 775057

  • December 4, 2006 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Heineken Music Hall - only Dutch show! Ticketmaster (limited to 4 tickets per order)

  • December 5, 2006 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Arena D'Coque or Eventim
    phone (from Luxembourg, France & Belgium): +352 50 77 50




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