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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Summertyne Americana: The McCrary Sisters/Cedric Burnside @ Sage Gateshead - July 19.

McCrary Sisters (Alfreda, Ann, Deborah, Regina) - vocals + keys; bs; gtr; dms.
(Review by Lance/Photos from Sage Gateshead Facebook page.).
I shouldn't have worn my grey flannel strides - amidst all the denim I felt like a city slicker at the Saturday Night Fish Fry. 
That was my first mistake. The second one was forgetting my pen. I know that in this brave new world pen and paper are practically obsolete but with me the old order has yet to walk on by. So, upon arrival at Sage Nashville, I forked out a couple of sawbucks for a dandy looking blue pen at the trading post where they sell dandy looking blue pens. It also had Sage Gateshead printed on the side - a keepsake.
The McClary girls came on stage and, with a great band behind them, I made to write WOW backwards. This was when my pen exploded! A lady across the aisle caught part of it, the writing bit shot elsewhere and, for all I know, the tiny spring is still in orbit!
However, now that I'm home on the range, I realise I didn't need a pen at all because what those gals were putting down defied mere written superlatives!
Imagine, say, the Boswell Sisters meeting the Supremes at the Holy Tabernacle Church and you've got the picture. Put simply, they were sensational! With the lead vocals changing from number to number it was impossible to single out one above the rest and the tight harmonies made the overall sound something else. Standing ovation.
WOW!
Cedric Burnside (gtr/vcl/dms); Trenton Ayers (gtr).
The show began with some country blues from Burnside singing solo and 'companying himself on guitar. Long time musical associate Trenton Ayers joined him, Cedric vacated guitar for drum kit and the duo moved towards Chicago and Detroit taking the crowd with them on a roller coaster ride. The drums were given a workout, the guitar thrashed, the audience roared. The tempos varied, the words were different, the sound the same.
Jack Daniels set to music. 
Roll on next year!
Lance.

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