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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mitch Laddie Band @ The Tyne Bar. April 13

Mitch Laddie (guitar & vocals), Rhian Wilkinson (electric bass) & Matt Connor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Sunday afternoons at the Tyne Bar are invariably busy with regulars eager to hear some blues. This week the Maling Street hostelry almost burst at the seams. Three deep at the bar (Wylam beers occupying every hand pull), they had come to hear Mitch Laddie. The man from out Consett way plays gigs in pubs, clubs, concert halls (Sage Gateshead) and on the blues festival circuit. Laddie, five string bassist Rhian Wilkinson and drummer Matt Connor make for the tightest of units rampaging across a blues rock landscape, the big bonus being they avoid the mind-numbing, sledgehammer approach.
Laddie’s Fender Strat touched base with Stevie Ray, Rory Gallagher, Jimi and Mr BB King along the way. Bassist Wilkinson, the unperturbable one, always on the money, surveyed the scene with detached amusement as drummer Matt Connor exuded enthusiasm, possessing nu-school, tutored technique. Laddie originals from the CDs This Time Around and Burning Bridges made it onto the set list along with covers of Stevie Wonder and that man Hendrix, Foxy Lady and all. The trio’s new CD (the ‘live’ recording at the Cluny) is out now. Laddie sang What is Hip? Right now it’s the Mitch Laddie Band.     
Russell.     

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