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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kathryn Tickell and Superfolkus @ Lindisfarne Village Hall – July 16.

Kathryn Tickell (Northumberland pipes, fiddle), Sophie (fiddle, guitar), Scott (guitar, piano, mandolin), Michael (accordion), Will (percussion, mandolin).
Guests: Abby, Mike Tickell (voice), Rory (piano). 
(Review by Steve T.)
When the tide comes in Holy Island is another country, they do things different there. One lady told us that the pubs stay open late in summer but close early in the middle of July. I hoped the Wicker Man would be on the box to really spook Mrs T. Whether summer or mid-July, headline acts play in the afternoon so the queer folk who cross the causeway don't get stuck.  
Bebop Spoken Here is a North East Jazz site and many will claim Ms. Tickell has nothing to do with Jazz and I wouldn't totally disagree, despite her exploratory nature, her experimenting with unusual (for folk) instruments, room for improvisation in the frequent jigs and no small amount of virtuosity.
She has also written, recorded and performed with British jazz sax ace Andy Sheppard which remains in her set, whether Superfolkus or the Side.
Chatting with Jazz North East ace photographer Ken Drew a few weeks ago, we both agreed we aren't generally that much bothered by folk music but do love Kathryn Tickell. He told me of a discussion he had with another photographer about catching a shot of her when she's lost in music, and anyone who's seen her will know this. This strikes me as another Jazz thing.
If a connection between her and jazz is tenuous, she more than makes up for it in her relevance to the North East. If she isn't a national treasure - and I think she probably is - she's a North East treasure of the highest order.
This was the first time I'd seen her with this band and format though Mrs T saw them at Ushaw last year. While it's mostly the full band, you also get an accordion/guitar duo, a fiddle duo, this afternoon, two Geordie songs from eleven-year old singer Abby during each set, a mash-up from guest pianist Rory and a Cushy Butterfield singalong led by her father. This reminded my soft southern puff wife of when my mother gave her pease pudding and she thought she was trying to poison her.
Apart from the percussionist, the band are all music students under twenty, some from Glasgow Conservatoire and all very impressive. Having said that, my preference is for her other band the Side, featuring all ladies playing harp, cello and accordion who did Ushaw this year and two years ago. The Superfolkus format is a bit more talent-show, but with talent.  
Either way, like Djangologie, Santana, Show of Hands and Maze, once is never enough, so anyone who hasn't seen Kathryn Tickell should.
Steve T

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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