Singing legend thankful he has not lost his voice

Tom Jones plays to a capacity crowd at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.pic Richard Ponter 153115g
Tom Jones plays to a capacity crowd at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.pic Richard Ponter 153115g

He is one of the UK’s most enduring superstars whose hits span six decades – and Sir Tom Jones admits he is thankful that he is still able to perform at his age.

And he is set to present a range of songs – from old classics to yet-to-be released material – at his Alnwick Pastures concert on Saturday.

The legendary 75-year-old performer said: “It does surprise me that I am performing at my age. I’m just thankful that my voice is still powerful and my vibrato hasn’t slowed down. With singers, the voice can show its age and you start to sound like an engine turning over. 

“Thank God that hasn’t happened to me. I’m still singing naturally and I don’t have to put a spike into it.”

He added: “I have a UK-based band for doing gigs this side of the world and we play songs from my recent albums, plus a couple of new ones from my new album coming out later this year.

“We’ve also worked out some fun new arrangements on favourite tracks like Delilah, Kiss and It’s Not Unusual. It’s important for me to keep reinventing songs with the band. It’s good to invigorate the hit tunes and to keep us all on our toes.”

Support acts for the concert are band Ward Thomas, Hannah Rickard and the Relatives and AJ Brown.

Gates open at 3pm on Saturday, with an afternoon of hand-picked music and entertainment, before Sir Tom takes to the stage.

Tickets, subject to booking fees, are still available. They are priced £45 and can be bought from skiddle.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, www.loosecannonevents.com or from 01642 225521.

Last entry to the concert is 7pm and tickets will be on sale on the day from an onsite box office.

There will be no fireworks display this year.