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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16034 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1041 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Free. Note later start time, concert performance (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay, Newcastle. 12 noon - 4:00pm. £26.00 (inc 3-course meal in in St Mary's Lighthouse Suite). SOLD OUT!
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.Donations. Feat. Mark Sanders. CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Downstairs. CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club: Just Friends @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guest band night w. Richie Emmerson, Ian Bosworth, Dave Archbold, Ron Smith, Mark Hawkins. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: Giles Strong Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Woodland Village Hall, Bishop Auckland. 7:00pm. £12.00.
Fri 08: Sleep Suppressor + Redwell @ Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. adv); £5.00. student.
Fri 08: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Co. Durham.
Fri 08: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £12.00., £8.00.

Sat 09: Prudhoe Community Band @ Central Station, Newcastle. 10:00am - 12 noon. Charity fundraiser.
Sat 09: Durham Alumni Big Band @ Number One Bar, Skinnergate, Darlington. 1:00pm.
Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

Sun 10: Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party with Zoe Gilby Quartet @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. MU 1:00-3:00pm; Zoë Gilby Quartet 4:00-6:00pm. Tickets: £7.50.
Sun 10: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn @ Darlington Market, Market Square, Darlington. 1:00pm. Free. A ‘Christmas Market’ outdoor gig. Wrap up warm!
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Funk Soul Sista @ Stack, Seaburn. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Beth Clarke @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 10: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick. 7:30pm. £12.00., £10.00.
Sun 10: Tele-Port @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Line-up inc. Zhenya Strigalev.

Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Sage Gateshead Artist in Residence Geoff Kirkwood curates genre-blurring night of live music in celebration of North East culture and identity

(Press release)

  • Geoff Kirkwood, Sage Gateshead Artist in Residence, has curated an evening of music with performances from William Basinski, Tom Ravenscroft, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and his alias Bed Wetter.
  • His new composition in collaboration with Fiona Brice ‘NXS8’ will be premiered with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and features visuals from local emerging filmmakers.
  • As a celebration of and tribute to working-class voices and dance culture in the North East, the performance will blend electronic music, contemporary classical music, experimental music and DJ culture.


Man Power’, also known as Sage Gateshead Artist in Residence Geoff Kirkwood, invites William Basinski to join in a night which combines experimental electronic music and contemporary classical performance in celebration of North East culture and identity. Through his record label and promotions company Me Me Me Geoff has curated the evening, which will be performed on Friday 4th November at Sage Gateshead.

With performances from experimental musician William Basinski, renowned DJ Tom Ravenscroft, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia alongside Geoff, the evening will fuse genres at opposite ends of the spectrum - both musically and socially - seamlessly connecting electronic music, contemporary classical music, experimental music and DJ culture under one roof. In what will be the first contemporary-classical event curated by a dance music promoter in the North East, the line-up will showcase the blending of musical cultures and genre boundaries that is happening worldwide.

Now globally recognised as a DJ, producer, and performer, Geoff was raised in Wallsend against the backdrop of the hardships created by the closure of the Swan Hunter Shipyards. After being introduced to Acid House by his mother, dance music culture in the North East shaped his life and career. Broadening his work through his Bed Wetter project, Geoff explores regional identity and internationalism, examining the prejudices that act as barriers to self-expression in working-class North East communities.

 As Bed Wetter, Geoff will be premiering a new piece ‘NXS8’, composed in collaboration with Fiona Brice and with arrangements from the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Not restricted to specific genres, NXS8 fuses the creative worlds of experimental electronica and classical composition. In keeping with the theme of the event, the composition shows how different creative strands can come together and become more than the sum of their parts.

This multi-sensory piece will be accompanied by an audio-visual showreel, featuring footage filmed by local young filmmakers and edited together by creative studio Novak. Through funding from Arts Council England, these films captured North East spirit, with footage of local landscapes and interviews with factory workers of all ages.

Alongside NXS8, world-renowned DJ William Basinski will headline, with a solo performance of his 2020 album Lamentations. Two decades after Disintegration Loops made his name, Basinski’s influence on ambient music, and on Geoff himself, is ever apparent. Support will also come from DJ Tom Ravenscroft, known for his regular show on BBC Radio 6 Music, whose mixes span genres and locations.

Geoff Kirkwood said: “It really is the greatest honour of my creative career so far to have been appointed as artist in residence at Sage Gateshead.

Growing up where I did, when I did, means that I come from a generation of North Easterners who were wrongly made to believe that arts and culture were for other people and not for “the likes of us”. It’s testament to the region that in less than a quarter century since I left school someone like me can find themself not only being supported in my desire to pursue creating an artwork that is inspired by the North East, but that I would find that support coming from such an iconic local musical institution that is also recognised around the world.

“As much as things have improved in my lifetime I think that there are still so many barriers that remain for members of the working classes and those with less privileged backgrounds when it comes to access to participating in the arts, and I hope this role, and the work it has enabled me to create, might go some way towards removing those barriers and inspiring people with similar backgrounds to my own, or anyone who feels excluded in any way simply because of who they are or where they are from.”

Tickets for this show can be purchased here -

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