The song to come in at number nine in the Alfie Boe Best Live Song poll 2018 is a very apt choice, since it is a duet with fan favourite Laura Wright and Alfie and Laura were both announced as part of the line up for the By The River Festival last week.
Which song am I talking about? It is of course, Barcelona, performed at the Freddie for a Day celebrations in September 2013:
Barcelona featured in the very first poll but then disappeared until now. Perhaps it is because Laura and Alfie’s voices work so well together, as the audience clearly thought so. Although this is the only footage we have of Alfie and Laura singing this together, Alfie did appear as a guest on Katherine Jenkins’s Home Sweet Home album singing Barcelona and they performed together at the 2014 pre Commonwealth Games concert in Edinburgh:
Barcelona was originally written by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran and recorded by Mercury (one of Alfie’s favourites) and the Spanish soprano, Montserrat Caballe in 1987. Memorably, it featured heavily during coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Home Sweet Home, featuring Barcelona is available here:
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