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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, March 27, 2015


(Press Release)
SummerTyne Americana Festival is TEN!  To celebrate the tenth birthday, festival  organisers are delighted to announce that they are staging a weekend long party and inviting some of their most famous and legendary friends along, as well as the pick of the new crop of breakthrough acts.   This jam-packed weekend brings the finest American roots music, from both sides of the Atlantic and this year’s festival presents a strong seam of southern soul, blues and gospel alongside a sensational cast of country, rock and Americana stars. 
Headliners taking to the stages at Sage Gateshead between 17 and 19 July will be; Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellRosanne Cash and John LeventhalDan Penn & Spooner OldhamThe ShiresJace EverettNaomi Shelton and The Gospel QueensCedric Burnside Project, The McCrary SistersGruff RhysThe Felice BrothersJames Hunter, Della Mae, Ward Thomas and many more still to be announced.
When it comes to country music royalty Emmylou Harris is one of the first names to roll off the tongue and in a breathtakingly brilliant partnership with long time collaborator and friend Rodney Crowell, SummerTyne kicks off in the presence of greatness!
From the first family of American music, Rosanne Cash & John Levanthal return to SummerTyne for an intimate duo show,  performing material from Cash’s remarkable and glorious GRAMMY winning album ‘The River & The Thread’.
Young British country act The Shires well and truly broke through in 2014 with debut album ‘Brave’ storming into the top ten in the UK charts on the tidal wave of popularity for country music in the UK.  Sharing the bill will be Nashville country star and song-writing ace Jace Everett, who’s song ‘Bad Things’ is the sultry theme for the HBO series True Blood.
Festival organisers are thrilled that the 2015 programme also includes an incredibly rare opportunity to see, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, legendary duo Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham perform songs from their remarkable back catalogue.  Two of the most important song-writers to emerge from the deep south during the boom of 60’s soul music, they composed soul classics including ‘I’m Your Puppet’ and ‘Cry Like a Baby’.  Penn (with Chips Moman) wrote the defining Aretha Franklin track ‘Do Right Woman’ and the classic ‘Dark End of The Street’ and Oldham’s distinctive keyboard sound was key to seminal recordings including ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ and ‘Mustang Sally’.
In keeping with the Southern theme, Gospel as well as Soul music plays a big part of SummerTyne 2015 with appearances by standout female vocalists, Alabama born Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens and Nashville’s legendary McCrary Sisters between them delivering a triumphant combination of close-harmony vocals, funk, blues, soul and foot-stomping R&B. Alongside the McCrary’s we are delighted to present grandson of the legendary R.L Burnside, award winning drummer Cedric Burnside, whose music infuses Mississippi Hill County Blues, funk, R&B and soul that will keep your foot stomping all night long. 
If alt-rock and Americana is more your thang, we are delighted to welcome Super Furry Animals’ front man Gruff Rhys to SummerTyne with his concept travelogue ‘American Interior’ which is a master class in song writing and storytelling with film and live music, conveying a quest of continental proportions. Also New York’s Felice Brothers with their inimitable brand of rustic American folk cooked up with a rock & roll flavour.
A highlight of SummerTyne Americana Festival is the free DFDS Seaways Outdoor Stage.  The stunning riverside setting provides a perfect backdrop and audiences can kick back and enjoy a sizzling combo of country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.  The outdoor line-up includes the soulful sounds of James Hunter Six, country duo and sisters Ward Thomas, the raw musical excellence of Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, rootsy blues from Moreland and Arebuckle, Nashville’s feisty female combo Della Mae plus many more (see for the full line-up).
 Sponsored by DFDS Seaways, the outdoor stage is hugely popular with audiences and artists alike.  Max Foster, passenger services director at DFDS Seaways comments; “Live music and entertainment is an important part of our Newcastle-Amsterdam cruise ferry service and we are very happy to be able to support this vibrant and popular festival on Gateshead Quays.”
 All events take place in or around Sage Gateshead and there is much more to keep festival goers entertained at the tenth SummerTyne Americana Festival with musical river cruises, film programme, talks, a record fair, street food, themed fun family activities and family concerts and join in and sing choirs.  More artists will also be announced very soon.

Tickets on sale from 10am on Wednesday 1 April with Early Bird/Festival Passes available.  For tickets and details of the full line-up go to or contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.  So iron your best frock or don your pearl snap shirt and join us by the river for some SummerTyne fun! 

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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