Murder, mirth and music as Hardeep invites guests to his Lemon Tree show

May 5th, 2011

Hardeep Singh KohliSix very special guests are part of a recipe for a great night’s entertainment at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree by celebrated broadcaster, raconteur, writer and cook, Hardeep Singh Kohli this month.

For joining him in his new show Chat Masala at the city centre venue on Thursday, May 19 will be celebrated thriller writer Stuart MacBride, a third of the legendary Scotland the What? team Stephen Robertson and for a musical interlude the four ladies for the award-winning Aberdeen barbershop quartet Vocal Zone – Dorothy Main, Anne Cargill, Gwen Topp and Val Muir.

The new show follows the huge success of last year’s The Nearly Naked Chef tour and Hardeep is once again combining his first true loves of cooking and chatting,

Aberdeen’s own murder mystery mastermind Stuart is famed for his best-selling crime set in the Granite City and featuring the redoubtable and very human Detective Sergeant Logan McRae.

Rector of Aberdeen University and author of Scotland the What? An Inside Story, Stephen Robertson is a North-east icon as one third of comedy team who first came together during an annual student show and then went on to perform as a trio from 1969 until their final performance at His Majesty’s Theatre in November 1995. They were awarded MBEs that same year and given the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen in 2008 for their services to ‘the Fine Arts, the Doric language and North East of Scotland culture; promotion of the city and, above all, for makin’ a’body laugh.’

And adding some musical zest to the evening are Vocal Zone, the quartet. formed nearly 10 years ago. All four ladies are members of one of the top UK choruses, the Aberdeen Chorus of Sweet Adelines which has been performing in and around Aberdeen for the last 24 years and has won the Sweet Adelines UK contest six times.

Turban-sporting Glaswegian funnyman Hardeep will chat to Stuart and Stephen while cooking up a curry for some lucky audience members to sample. Fans can log on to www.hardeeplive.com to request their favourite curry be cooked on the night.

Hardeep is a frequent guest on BBC 1′s Question Time, This Week with Andrew Neil and was a former Newsnight Review presenter and a regular face on the highly-successful BBC1 programme The One Show.

For Channel 4 he has written and presented the BAFTA Award winning In Search of the Tartan Turban, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Hardeep Does… and the seminal gambling series 50 Says You’ll Watch This. He also presented a ground-breaking documentary about Scientology, The Beginners Guide to L Ron Hubbard.

Hardeep was runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs and the City.

As a journalist, his column in Scotland on Sunday called Hardeep is your Love has seen him twice nominated in 2007 and 2008 for Scottish Columnist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He is also Contributing Editor on the Spectator Magazine, has written for the Independent on Sunday, The Times, Observer Woman, Conde Nast Traveller to name but a few.

Tickets for Chat Masala on Thursday, May 19, at The Lemon Tree Lounge, are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.

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