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In Autumn 2011 Joe embarked on 10 date orchestral

tour with James, a 23 piece ensemble from

Orchestra of the Swan and a 16 piece choir from The

Manchester Consort. The two hour set spanned the

bands 20 year back catalogue, featuring rarities and

tracks never before played live. The tour culminated

with a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

****  (4 stars)

“James mean serious creative business on this

tour….To all those bands trawling the nostalgia

circuit, this is how to dig up the past and put it on


Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman

****  (4 stars)

On all these songs the band, orchestra and choir

dance in perfect harmony. And when that unity peaks

with Sometimes the prolonged standing ovation says

it all”

Sarah Walters, Manchester City Life

‘a delightful set of album tracks and B-sides that any

James aficionado would be thrilled to experience’

Mark Burrow, MEN Urban Life