Kirsty live

(or the ever expanding Gig Guide)

The comprehensive Gig Guide was originally compiled from the research of Terry Hurley, and has been frequently added to over the years based on your submissions from around the world. Now it serves as the audiovisual nerve centre of the entire site, incorporating references to TV and radio appearances, with sound and video streaming wherever possible. This is where you will find the live concert sets, some of much better quality than others, and in the main audience recordings, but all historically useful. Where there is some degree of doubt about a listing we have tried to make this clear. Anything to add or correct? Were you there? Contact us and we’ll add the details to the Gig Guide. Hey, with the new site structure it should now even happen quickly ;o)

Terry’s original notes

The attached listings are taken from many sources, e.g. my own knowledge, local and national newspapers/ magazines & TV, various event listings and, on occasion, “sources close to KM”.

Where I am sure that no support band played, I have indicated this. I can vouch for the existence of all of the support bands listed apart from July 23 1993, a gig I didn’t attend. Support was advertised for August 18 & 19 1992, although I don’t have details of who it was. It is entirely possible that there are some errors in this listing although I have checked and double-checked my references and sources.”

Songs covered by Kirsty on stage, TV and radio (but never recorded)

Otherwise unrecorded versions included this lot:

  • I Don’t Wanna Play House (Billy Sherill and Glenn Sutton) on BBC2’s Something Else in 1981
  • You Can Have my Husband (Dorothy LaBostrie) on BBC2’s Something Else in 1981
  • That’ll Be the Day (Holly, Allison and Petty), performed with the Frankie Miller Band at Hackney Empire in 1991
  • Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry) on the 1995 tour
  • Harvest for the World (Isley, Isley, Isley, Jasper) as part of a 1999 Christmas Gospel show on BBC Radio 2
  • Roll ’em Easy (Lowell George) on the 1995 tour, see Minneapolis and Mountain Stage
  • Insensitive (Insensatez) (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gimbel, de Moraes) on the 2000 tour, accompanied by Michèle Drees on Brazilian guitar
  • Always on my mind, a No. 9 hit for Elvis Presley in 1972 (source unknown)
  • Drive in Saturday, a No. 3 for David Bowie in 1973 (source unknown)
  • Eleanor Rigby, a Number One for the Beatles in 1966 (source unknown)
  • Hit me with your rhythm stick, a Number One for Ian Dury & the Blockheads in 1978 (at the Ian Dury tribute concert)
  • If I fell, from the Beatles’ 1964 album A Hard Day’s Night (source unknown)
  • Lydia the tattoed lady (you had to be there), at the Boxed Set recordings and many parties
  • Roll away the stone, Mott the Hoople’s No. 8 hit from 1973 (source unknown)

There is a list of known bootleg recordings available, it hasn’t been updated for years though.

The Last Word

Goes to Kirsty herself.

She said in 1994, “I didn’t do any performing for 10 years. Then I forced myself to get over it. I decided to fix up a tour and, if I didn’t enjoy it by the end, I would never do it again. That was three years ago and I’ve done a lot of touring since then, so I suppose it’s OK now.”

Finally at ease with performing live, Kirsty walked off the stage at Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 28th October 2000, turned to Pete Glenister and said “That was the best gig I’ve ever done!” It was also to be her last.