NAMES IN THE NEWS : Singer Armatrading Cuts Shows

From Times Wire Services

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has canceled two concerts planned for Australia later this month.

Tour spokeswoman Gaynor Crawford said today that Armatrading told organizers she was acting on medical advice in canceling the visit to promote her recently released album "Hearts and Flowers."

Armatrading, a native of the West Indies who moved to England as a child, had been scheduled to perform in Sydney on Aug. 29 and Melbourne on Aug. 31.

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