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Shane Filan delights Cambridge with varied set

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Shane Filan. Picture: Tony Stott
Shane Filan. Picture: Tony Stott

The former Westlife singer sang old and new songs to an appreciative audience at the Corn Exchange

Shane Filan
Shane Filan

Since Westlife went their separate ways in 2012, Shane Filan has released three well-received studio albums – the most recent, Love Always, reached a very commendable number five on the UK album chart.

He came to Cambridge on Thursday, May 10, and treated his enthusiastic admirers to a few Westlife numbers – though not quite as many as I would have liked – including When You’re Looking Like That, What About Now and You Raise Me Up, my absolute favourite.

The evening involved three costume changes and the clearly relaxed Irish singer/songwriter was happy to chat to the crowd throughout, fielding a request from two children with a sign asking him to sing at their father’s wedding by affably telling the youngsters to contact his manager.

Other covers included The Bangles’ Eternal Flame, Billy Joels’s Uptown Girl and Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House, as well as a take on country band Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now.

Shane sang all the songs, which also included some originals (a video of his daughter was shown behind during one), beautifully and I left the venue more of a fan than ever.

Come back soon, Shane!

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