As the Quireboys embark on the second leg of their latest UK tour this week – a series of acoustic shows supporting the Halfpenny Dancer release – the lads are well into their busiest year yet.

And the highlight for guitarist Paul Guerin and lead singer Spike is this summer’s trip to Brazil – the first time the band has toured South America. “Playing Brazil has always been a burning ambition of mine,” said Guerin. “The crowds there love their rock an the Quireboys have a lot of support over there.”

“We’re playing around five dates including Sao Paulo and it will be a dream come true.

“I have to pinch myself sometimes when I think that a lad from Blyth will be playing rock music in front of thousands of fans in Brazil.

“It just so happens the World Cup will be on at the same time so let’s just say we’ll be sinking a few beers and watching the action with the locals.”

Spike added: “It seems we have a few thousand fans over in Brazil so it’s about time we headed over there. And for all our Japanese fans – it looks like we’re coming back 15 years after we last visited your lovely country!”

Before then the Quireboys play their acoustic dates across the UK and the band is supporting one of their chosen charities immediately after their hometown Newcastle gig tomorrow.

There will be a bucket collect in aid of the Toma Fund/Teenage Cancer Trust North East – all money raised will stay in the North East and help support the new TCTNE unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital (RVI). Contact Angie Jenkison at for more details and please give generously.

“Brazil loves football and rock and so do the Quireboys. It could become a home from home!”