Farmer Phil’s Festival is delighted to announce T’PAU as one of the headliners for next year’s festival!
T’pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the hit ‘Heart & Soul’ reaching No. 4 in both the UK & US charts. Taken from the debut album ‘Bridge Of Spies’, its innovative use of a rap verse by a white female vocalist introduced the world to the distinctive lead vocals of Carol Decker & the song writing talents of Carol & Ronnie Rogers.
‘Heart & Soul’ led to a meteoric rise in T’pau’s fortunes at home & the US, where the track stayed on the US Billboard Chart for six months.
After a European Arena Tour supporting Bryan Adams, the band toured UK City Halls and Theatres as headliners to tie in with the next single, the classic ballad ‘China In Your Hand’. Nobody could have predicted the impact of the single which stayed at No. 1 for five weeks – the longest serving No. 1 of the year. Simultaneously ‘Bridge Of Spies’ occupied the number 1 album slot for two weeks. T’pau’s own arena concerts followed.
To date, ‘China In Your Hand’ has appeared on more than 200 compilations, and has become part of the fabric of the 80s. After further hits ‘Valentine’, ‘I Will Be With You’ and ‘Sex Talk’, the ‘Bridge Of Spies’ album was certified quadruple platinum in the UK, selling 1.2 million copies. 1988’s ‘Rage’ also went platinum.
The original line up of T’pau split in 1991 after a final Top 20 hit ‘Whenever You Need Me’. Greatest hits album ‘Heart & Soul: The Very Best Of T’pau’ was released in 1993. Carol and Ronnie separated professionally and personally.
In 1997, Carol built a new T’pau embarking on a 25-date UK tour plus festivals, recording several shows and releasing ‘T’pau Live’.
In 1998 Carol recorded ‘Red’, the first new T’pau studio album for six years. She performed an orchestrated version of ‘China In Your Hand’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Princess Diana Tribute Concert at Althorp in June 1998 which was broadcast live around the world. T’pau quickly joined Status Quo’s 1998 European tour.
Easing up on the touring to have two children, Carol hit the West End Stage in the hit comedy ‘Mum’s the Word’ at The Albert Theatre with Patsy Palmer, Imogen Stubbs, Jennie Éclair and Cathy Tyson. Appearances in TV Dramas followed, including ‘Doctors’ and ‘Star’ with Nicolas Hoult. Carol also appeared in UK film ‘Nine Dead Gay Guys’ with Steven Berkoff & Michael Praed, and ‘Running Time’ – the first UK Interactive BAFTA-nominated Film.
Ron Rogers returned to T’pau & they embarked on the hugely successful #Tpau25live anniversary tour in 2013.
Carol and Ronnie went back into studio to write record ‘Pleasure And Pain’, released in 2015 to 5-star reviews. This was followed by a sell out ‘Songs And Stories’ acoustic tour in 2016 which helped promote Carol’s autobiography ‘Heart and Soul’.
In 2017 T’pau proudly promoted the ’30th Anniversary Virgin Anthology’ box set.
T’pau are now a regular fixture on the festival & arena circuit, annually rocking Isle of Wight, Rewind, Let’s Rock ,W-Fest, Here and Now, StepBack, Ibiza Children of the 80’s and more!