‘Al­fie’s dead!’

Shane Richie Tells us About his New Al­bum... AND what he Thinks may be Next for Al­fie moon fol­low­ing The dra­matic end of Red­wa­ter!

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It’s not ev­ery evening you get to sit in the Bag o’ nails night­club in Lon­don’s soho, fa­mous hang­out of the Bea­tles, the stones and other 1960s mu­sic leg­ends, to watch a soap le­gend strut­ting his stuff — and throw­ing some awesome axe shapes on stage! But shane richie is here and he’s wow­ing the crowd with four tunes from his new coun­try mu­sic al­bum,

A Coun­try Soul, which is re­leased in novem­ber. ‘It’s a good job they put the “A” be­fore “Coun­try” rather than af­ter it or it would have been “Coun­try Asoul!”,’ he jokes. ‘se­ri­ously, though, this is the most ex­cited I’ve been about a project for years and years. I love the new coun­try mu­sic that’s so big in the us right now, plus this is me go­ing back to my roots. I first sang and toured with bands as a teenager, and I grew up with mu­sic as my dad used to run Ir­ish clubs in that quaint old fish­ing vil­lage called Har­les­den! Al­fie Moon do­ing coun­try, eh? Who’d have thought it?’ Who in­deed?

How did the al­bum come about, Shane?

It all started when Jessie Wal­lace and I were film­ing

Red­wa­ter, the Kat and Al­fie Moon spin-off, in Ire­land. We’d of­ten go and see lo­cal bands per­form and I re­dis­cov­ered my love of coun­try and new coun­try mu­sic through that. It’s very big in Ire­land. Any­way, when I got back, I de­cided to start fund­ing an al­bum my­self. It wasn’t re­ally work­ing out, but then I did a Daryl Hall and John oates song on Chil­dren in Need with span­dau Bal­let’s tony Hadley. Af­ter that, some­one said did I fancy do­ing an al­bum?

Like Bradley Walsh – who’s had mas­sive suc­cess with his record!

Funny you should men­tion Bradley! At one of the meet­ings I had, it was sug­gested that I do swing mu­sic. But I said, ‘err, I think my mate’s got that cov­ered!’ then it was mooted that I sing songs from the shows. But I said, ‘there’s a cer­tain north­ern comic called Ja­son Man­ford who’s done that’. I wanted to do a genre of mu­sic that re­ally means some­thing to me and is in my heart and soul – hence A Coun­try Soul.

Have you writ­ten the songs or are they cov­ers?

It’s a mix. there are songs like I Loved Her First, about a fa­ther’s feel­ings for his daugh­ter, who’s about to get mar­ried. As the dad of two daugh­ters my­self, I found that dif­fi­cult to record be­cause the words are so poignant. My girls are only six and nine, but I can imag­ine how I’ll feel when I’m no longer the most im­por­tant man in their lives. on a more up­beat note, there are songs like Wave

On Wave, co-writ­ten and recorded by Amer­i­can coun­try artist Pat green. Plus, there are some

orig­i­nals on it, too. The first sin­gle is one – it’s called Shut Up (’Cause All I Want Is You).

That sounds in­trigu­ing!

There’s quite a funny story to it, ac­tu­ally. Around July time, my wife, Christie, was in Spain with our three kids, and Jake, one of my sons from my first mar­riage and also the lead singer with the band Rix­ton, called me and asked me if I’d seen Face­book that day. I said I hadn’t and he replied that I’d clearly for­got­ten our 10th wed­ding an­niver­sary as Christie had put up this beau­ti­ful, heart­felt post. I called her and said, ‘Happy an­niver­sary’ but she im­me­di­ately knew I’d for­got­ten. Any­way…

Yes? Go on…

I told her I was feel­ing a bit in­se­cure. I’m 53 and a bit over­weight, Christie is 15 years younger than me and ab­so­lutely gor­geous. What did she see in me? So she said. . .

‘Shut up! All I want is you!’

Yes! I thought, ‘There’s a song in that’ and I sat down with Jake and the pro­ducer of the al­bum, Nick South­wood, and we wrote it. I’m re­ally proud of it and it’s a re­ally catchy tune. Once you hear it, you just can’t stop singing it.

Will you be tour­ing the al­bum?

I’ll cer­tainly be do­ing all the pro­mo­tional stuff I can. I’ll be go­ing on The One Show,

This Morn­ing and maybe even Loose Women, or rather The Four Horse­women of the Apoca­lypse, as I call it. I’ll get to see the ex-wife, Coleen Nolan! But I def­i­nitely won’t be do­ing Dancing on Ice or I’m a Celebrity… I re­ally hope peo­ple like the al­bum. If they do, it’s by Shane Richie, if they don’t, it’s by Nick Knowles, who also re­cently recorded an al­bum. Look, mak­ing mu­sic may be a hobby for him, but it’s my liveli­hood!

We can’t let you go with­out ask­ing you about Al­fie Moon!

Al­fie’s dead, love. Sorry!

What? Is he re­ally?

I’m jok­ing! I don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen with Al­fie or Kat. If you saw the last episode of Red­wa­ter, you’ll re­mem­ber that, at the end, Al­fie was flatlin­ing – thanks BBC – while Kat had been eaten by a mo­tor­boat en­gine or some­thing! De­spite what Jessie said on the Lor­raine show, there was never go­ing to be a sec­ond se­ries of Red­wa­ter. It was only ever go­ing to be one. So… it’s up to the BBC to de­cide what hap­pens to them next!

What’s next for you?

I’m do­ing panto again this Christ­mas. It’s

Robin Hood in Woking. I’m hop­ing to per­suade Liam Gal­lagher to join me. I think he’d make a fan­tas­tic Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham!

A Coun­try Soul is re­leased on East West Records on 10 Novem­ber.

Shane with Christie, his wife of 10 years, plus kids Mackenzie and Ro­mani

Labour of love... The new al­bum As Al­fie Moon with son Tommy (Henry Proc­tor) and wife Kat (Jessie Wal­lace) in Red­wa­ter

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