Pauline Murray, the frontwoman of iconic ’70s punks Penetration, has announced two very special gigs as she celebrates releasing her new solo album.

Elemental, her first new album since Penetration’s 2015 comeback Resolution, was released on Friday on the singer’s own Polestar Records.

And she chose the occasion to reveal that she’s planning two very special headline gigs for next year, playing the pop-orientated 1980 album Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls in full.

She will play Sage 2 in Gateshead on 6 May and the London Tabernacle two days later, with the shows also set to feature songs from Elemental and other fan favourites.

As singer with County Durham band Penetration, Murray was one of the leading female performers of the original punk explosion, and recorded one of its best-loved anthems in Don’t Dictate.

Their debut album, 1978’s Moving Targets, is regarded as a classic, and she later moved in a more post-punk/synthpop direction with The Invisible Girls.

Elemental sees her working with Steve Hopkins from The Invisible Girls on keyboards, and Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson, as well as Penetration co-founder Robert Blamire, and current band members Paul Harvey, Steve Wallace and Ken Goodinson.

Murray is already due to tour the UK as special guest to The Psychedelic Furs in April and May 2021.

These performances were originally intended to be 40th anniversary shows, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced them into the 41st for a belated celebration.

Elemental, recorded with long-term partner Blamire, started life in October 2016 in France and was completed at their own Polestar Studios in Newcastle last year.

It’s attracted some of the best reviews of her career, and is available direct from Murray HERE.

Gary Welford owner