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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mary Coughlan @ Caedmon Hall, Gateshead. October 17

Mary Coughlan (vcl); Steve Watts (pno); Jamie Lawson (gtr/vcl); Pauline Murray (gtr/vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
Mary Coughlan has lived the life, known the pain and came through it as an artist capable of talking about and overcoming her demons and, ultimately, turning them into some of the most heartfelt and impassioned works of art heard in recent years. This was hardly a jazz gig although the sheer depth of emotion displayed evoked the spirit of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland without sounding remotely like either.
Coughlan is unique - her own woman - a singer revered the world over who drew a good crowd into Caedmon Hall including some of the few who'd bought tickets for Wednesday night's Darlo gig that was cancelled because of poor ticket sales. No such problem tonight at this Tyneside Irish Festival/Jumpin' Hot Club event, the audience soon filled up the cabaret style set up and when the lady came on for the final set they gobbled up every word from her - blarney and all.

Just a Friend of Mine, a song about a ménage-a-trois, not only had an amusing lyric sung very effectively but also some great piano from Watts, a young man to watch out for. Guitarist Lawson who'd earlier played a solo support slot augmented the duo  for a song "written", said Mary, "By my first ex-husband!". Forgotten the title - it could have been Lost Without the Double Cross.
Heartbreak Hotel, just piano and voice, brought forth a delicacy that eluded Elvis all those years ago. Once again Watts knew what's what. Ancient Rain and a poignant rendition of Love Will Tear Us Apart were more cutting edge examples of Coughlan's craft - she gets to the nitty gritty of a sung and makes it her own.
We weren't letting her go that easy and they returned for I'd Rather Go Blind wrapping things up perfectly. Not surprisingly, a lot of CDs were sold afterwards.
The evening had begun with a solo set from the former lead singer of '70s punk band  Penetration, Pauline Murray (left), who, 35 years on, didn't look a day older than she did then!
I suspect this was her first solo gig yet she handled it well. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar Murray's voice retains a punk edge to it and her program of "dark" songs, mainly in a minor key, set the mood for an evening of delightful depression (my phrase). There were few happy songs from any of the three artists yet these songs of inner torment made this audience very happy!.
Jamie Lawson had more of a country feel to his voice and the amplified guitar a smoother sound. I particularly liked It's Cold in Ohio (but warm next to you.). It was a good set that whetted our appetites for the "Main Event". In the top photo Jamie is directly behind Coughlan with Watts bringing up the rear.
Lance.

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