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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Americana Festival @ Sage Gateshead: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - July 17

Emmylou Harris (vocals, guitar, tambourine); Rodney Crowell (vocals, guitar); Jed Hughes (guitar); Steve Fisher (pedal steel guitar); Michael R? (upright bass, bass guitar) Michael ? (keys, accordion); Don McTeague (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Emmylou Harris, winner of numerous Grammy awards, and her musical partner Rodney Crowell, gave a sterling performance to a full capacity Hall 1.  Two solid hours of country music, from a very hard working band of stellar musicians, with just a bit of friendly chat and a few drinks of water to keep our singer going.  Ms Harris told us that she had an idyllic childhood in Birmingham Alabama, and in 1974 she heard the music of Rodney Crowell, which was the beginning of a very fruitful musical partnership, which lasted through ‘Marriage and divorce, though not to each other’.
My knowledge of this singer’s work is very limited, so I didn’t catch many song titles, but there were songs about love of course, as well as songs of friendship; the wide open spaces of the USA; songs about young men who disappointed their parents.  Songs with titles such as Invitation To The Blues; Bring It On Home To Memphis; Way Of The World;  The Road Goes On Forever; Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Many of the songs were from the latest CD, The Travellin’ Kind.  My favourite song of the night was a very insightful piece about ageing which mentioned the consolation of having grandchildren.  The two singers sound good together with pleasant harmonies, and there were short instrumental break solos from the musicians, especially from the skilled guitar work of Jed Hughes.  In fact I was wishing that some of the songs had lasted longer with more of both singers and musicians, but perhaps I’ve just become too used to longer jazz interpretations with loads of solos.
Anyway the audience loved it, and there were three encores, so it was a good beginning to the main events of the Americana festival.
Earlier, at the Press Reception, The McCrary Sisters give an indication of what Sunday's Hall 2 congregation have to look forward to - Hallelujah!
Ann Alex    

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