Friday, 2 November 2012

RootsoftheWorld Blog November 2012

RootsoftheWorld Blog November and early December 2012

Published 2nd November 2012..sorry a day late!

Welcome to the blog that loves world, roots and folk music and helps you enjoy it wherever you are! Bienvenue to the blog that supports Northeast England world, roots and folk music venues! And..welcome to the blog that supports Northeast England Roots Music artists!

Why? Because everyone on the world, roots and folk scene together can make a stronger scene and so that we can all find out what’s happening locally cos’ there’s loads going on.


Newcastle Roots Music Radio November 2012:

Licensed by the PRS, License Number LE-0006074.

It can be found at:

 4th edition now  out on Soundcloud And now on Podomatic at :.-so you can now catch Newcastle Roots Music Radio in your podcatching software!

If you can’t listen to it on the computer, or haven’t got the time to, download and burn to CD and play it in the car or other MP3 player

This month’s playlist:

Artist(s)/Track/Album/Starting time in podcast

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra /Hot Bath/Money Isn’t Everything/0 06

Daniel Melingo/ El dia que te Fuiste/ Corazon y Hueso /4:16

Demon Barbers/The Ballad of Minepit Shore/ Waxed/7:57

Hot Club of Cowtown /Exactly Like You/ Continental Stomp/12:24

Bellowhead /10,000 Miles Away/Broadside/16:42

Tift Merritt and Band/Mixtape/See You on the Moon/20:25

The Rats/The Ballad of the First Fleet/Between the Wars/23:37

Ana Tijoux/La Bala/La Bala/26:57

Meridian Brothers/Salsa Caliente/Desesperanza/29:56

Zykopops/Moja Diridika/Z Kao Zajkopops/35:25

Matraca Berg/Love’s Truck Stop/MaverickMagazine 117  CD/38:54

Breabach/The Desperate Battle of the Birds/ The Desperate Battle of the Birds/43:05

Duncan Chisholm/Big Archie/Affric/48:14

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra /She Don’t Like the Fish/Money Isn’t Everything/51:42


RootsoftheWorld@The Brandling Villa Pub, South Gosforth,

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month I DJ from 830pm at the said pub playing the very best in World, Roots and Folk Music. Please come and say hello. Next up Tuesday 13th November which unfortunately clashes with Melingo and his band at Sage Gateshead so I’ll be missing that…..The choice is yours.

Recommended purveyor of CDs : Coda Music, Edinburgh

Most of the above music can be purchased from and listened to first, at specialist Roots music retailer Coda Music. They have helpful , knowledgeable and friendly staff!

Walk in, browse, smell, see, hear, talk, touch, buy, take away in your hands!:

12, Bank Street,
On The Mound,

I know Amazon exist, and RootsoftheWorld does use them, but do you really want no specialist shops……?


Northeast England November/early December Gig Guide

A new format starts this month. There’s a gig planner below where hopefully all the venues in the Northeast will eventually be included.Weblinks to gigs and promoters follow.

 If you want your gigs to be included please e mail me with all the relevant details including any weblinks…a few MP3 tracks of what you will be playing would also be useful. So that I can give them some airplay on the Podcast/on my NE1Fm show/DJ night hope subject to what’s going on that month.

I’ve picked out concerts/gigs that have particularly caught my eye and added some info which may help you make to decide on your “neet oot”.

Abbreviation on gig guide
Newcastle upon Tyne venues
Cluny, Cluny2
Live Theatre, Newcastle
Bridge Folk Club, Newcastle
Cumberland Arms
Gateshead venues
Newcastle/Gateshead Promoter
Jumping and Hot Club
North Tyneside Venues
Whitley Bay Playhouse
South Tyneside Venues
South Shields Folk Club
Customs House, South Shields
Sunderland Venues
Davy Lamp Folk Club, Washington Arts Centre
County Durham Venues
 Gala, Durham City
Town Hall, Bishop Auckland
Northumberland Venues
Maltings, Berwick
Queen’s Hall, Hexham
Alnwick Playhouse
Bellingham All Acoustic Club
Rothbury Roots
The Hearth, Horsley
Cleveland Venues
The ARC, Stockton


CHSS:Kieran Goss
JHC@CL2: Catfish Keith and Michael Littlefield
QHH:Kathryn Tickell
SG:Civil Wars (Sold Out)
JHC@The Beacon: Kilmanjaro and African DJs
DL:The Folk Degree Students
QHH:Kathryn Tickell
SG: Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends
JHC@CL2: The Dreaming Spires and Kontiki Suite
SG:Matraca Berg
G:Eddi Reader
JHC@CL2: Israel Nash Gripka and Anthony d’Amato
CA: Monster Ceilidh Band
SG: Aly Bain, Bruce Molsky, Ale Moller
JHC@CL2: Lydia Loveless and the Kilcawley Family
G:The Lock In featuring the Demon Barbers
DL:Paul McKenna Band
Ashington Children’s Centre: The Baghdaddies
SG: Gareth Davies-Jones, Calum Stewart
G:Jez Lowe
MB: Aly Bain, Bruce Molsky, Ale Moller
SSFC: George Welch and Christine Jeans
SG:Punch Bros
Brandling Villa Pub: RootsoftheWorld DJ session (Terrible clash with Melingo!)
HH:The Churchfitters
SG:Future Traditions
SG:Paco Pena
JHC@LT:Catherine MacLellan/Tanya Davies
DL:Broadband/Jim Eldon
Corbridge Parish Hall: The Baghdaddies
SG: Hot Club of Cowtown
JHC@CL2:Curtis Eller/Big Red and the Grinners
SSFC: Steve Dawes and Helen Pitt
SG:Bellowhead, and Mama Roisin
CA:The Elephant Sessions/
Cherry Grove
SG:Applachian Roots: Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus
SG:Show of Hands
Blakes’ Coffee House, Newcastle:Bridie Jackson and the Arbour
Dubmire British Legion Club, HoughtonleSpring:Fred Morrison and Matheu Watson
SG:The Dylan Project
DL:The Last Gasp Spasm Band
The Venue, Sunderland: Sarah McQuaid
CA: The Tea Shanties
CA: Kan
BFC:Real Time
JHC@CL:Tift Merritt and Her Band
AS: Saw Doctors
 Wark Town Hall: Sarah McQuaid
 BAA Club @ Tarset Village Hall: The Hut People, Support: Gillespie Bros
Cheviot Centre, Wooler: Sarah McQuaid
Early December
DL:Bob Fox
SG:Martin Simpson Trio
SG:Breabach/Jamie Smith’s Mabon
SSFC: Steve Turner
Brewdog, Newcastle: Bridie Jackson and the Arbour
WBP:The Strawbs
WBP:June Tabor and Oysterband

SG: Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti
G:Cornshed Sisters

JHC@LT:Brendan Croker and Steve Philips, Ray Stubbs
DL: Vin Garbutt
AP:Tom McConville and Tom Wilson
CA:Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra-cancelled













I wrote this blog in Keswick, Lake District, UK, on my hols. As beautiful as it is the options for live Roots music are somewhat limited here, aware of the fine work the Brewery Arts centre in Kendal does and there are occasional things on at the Theatre on the Lake, Keswick but when it comes to folk and Americana we are spoilt in the northeast and this month is no exception. The more far flung aspect of the roots/world scene is not quite as abundant but that is true the UK over, outside London. From what I hear the UK border agency are being a lot more stringent and this is making it much harder for non- EU world artists to get in. And then there’s the cuts……

5 Gigs to go to (amongst many…)

Anyway here’s my choice of 5 gigs to go to this month, with some info to help you make your choices. But this is just my personal choice and the links to venues above, listening to artists on the web may make you choose otherwise. anyway whatever you choose….enjoy!

Kilimanjaro at the Beacon, Westgate Road, Newcastle, Saturday 3rd November promoted by the Jumping and Hot Club

Newcastle’s first African Band “Kilimanjaro”, a group of Africans, musically talented individuals who hail from various countries within  that vast continent have been nurtured by the Jumping and Hot Club themselves. The Journal , Newcastle said of them that not only are they pan- African but :” The band, as adopted Geordies, have subtly infused their sound with British and even North East influences”.

The gig will be a good place to use those dancing feet and there will be African DJs to support the gig.

The Demon Barbers in the “Lock In” at the Gala Theatre, Durham, Saturday 10th November

Award winning folk band the Demon Barbers in dance off ! “The Lock In sees a group of street dancers in a dynamic dance-off, bringing together the UK’s top clog, sword and Morris dancers with their counterparts from the worlds of B-boying, popping and krump. Meanwhile, house band The Demon Barbers take English folk on a new journey through hip hop, funk and ska and even burlesque!” according to the Lowry, Manchester prior to the show there. Having seen the sheer energy, rhythm, and daring do of the Demon Barber road show which challenged the conventional ideas around morris this is one not to miss! Here’s a taster of what you could miss!

“Making Tracks” presents Melingo and his Band at Sage, Gateshead on Tuesday, 13th November

Argentinian Tango artist Melingo brings his gravelling characterful voice to Sage, Gateshead having recently put out the stunning album. His website says this of him; “To be Melingo, one must walk the streets sniffing out poetry like a bloodhound. One must dance like a whip and sing like a scar. Melingo is  (a)major musician. He studied at a Conservatoire but retains little of that institution. He was - and always will be – a furious adventurer, fevered, hallucinating.” Such passion will be reflected in a tango fuelled night at the Sage!

The Hot Club of Cowtown at the Sage, Gateshead, Sunday 18th November

The King of Western Swing Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys may no longer be with us but The Hot Club of Cowtown sure can kick up a storm! The Austin Trio play with immense aplomb, energy and humour, they do cover Bob’s tunes  as featured in their album “What Makes Bob Holler” and other  trad material but will also cover Tom Waits and cite Gypsy group Taraf de Haidouks amongst their influences. Take your pardners for a real good Austin TX night!

Tift Merritt and support @the Jumping and Hot Club at TheCluny, Newcastle, Wednesday, 28th November

North Carolina based American singer Tift Merritt brings her band with her for this very special night. Tift who released her debut album Bramble Rose in 2002 brings her brand of alt-country to the Cluny with a new album in her pocket Travelling Alone. I find Tift’s songcraft varied, easy on the ear and there’s a good southern laid back feel there. Your night out is in safe hands with Tift.

Here’s a   track from her new album in case you can’t wait until the end of November! Copy it into you browser and press play. This one would be great to drive down the Freeway to! It’s called “To Myself”:

Local Acts on in the Northeast over the next month or so include:

Kathryn Tickell: “Northumbrian Voices” –Hexham and Whitley Bay:

Folk Degree Students; and Bob Fox ( -Davy Lamp Club

Jez Lowe-Gala Durham:

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle:

See the gig guide and venue planner for dates, getting to the gig, tickets…..





To the Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle on being a runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Magazine Readers’ Award Best Place to Drink in the “North”:


The Roots of the World Shopping Basket

With Christmas coming why not bestow these on your folkie/rootsy/worldmusicy friends!

Meridian Brothers: “Desesperanza” : Sniffing around on the brilliant Soundway records’ website led me to explore this journey into Colombian Latin meets psychedelia. Surreal, great fun and brilliant to dance to!

Duncan Chisholm: “Affric”:Third in the trilogy by this fiddler par non who one can also find in Wolfstone and in Julie Fowlis’s band. The trilogy celebrating the scenery of the Highlands takes traditional folk into many places with the eclectic mix Duncan crafts all combined with his soaring fiddle:

Toure-Raichel Collective: “The Tel Aviv Session”:  A chance meeting in an airport between Israeli poststar Raichel and virtuoso guitar player Vieux Farka Toure produced this fabulous fusion fun! The BBC review said: “Many fusion adventures such as this one have found success in recent years, as artists increasingly traverse the globe, becoming authentically grounded in each other’s previously alien sounds, styles, cultures and religions. The players here use that joyful experience to forge exciting new traditions” ( Hear  some of this cross cultural jam at:

“Bermuda Gombey & Calypso 1953-1960”: If you like an historical label that produces an eclectic brew of music treasures from a variety of cultures go no further than French label Fremeaux ( They have come up with this wonderful compilation which will take you away from the winter blues all done with usual Fremeaux thoroughness. Gombey is written into the DNA of Bermuda. “The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, this folklife tradition reflecting the island’s blend of African, Native American, Caribbean and British cultures, incorporating them over time into a unique performance art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming.” (Wikipedia: Calypso was also adopted by the island and this album has wonderful content from the calypso archives alongside the African roots influence of Gombey culture. More info at:

The Rats:  “Between the Wars”:  I have Folkcast ( a great podcast,  to thank for finding out about these Aussie celticpunkfolkies with their nautical tunes! Their MySpace page ( ) says the album tries to: and capture the energy and fun of their live show”. It certainly does me hearties!

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra: “Money Isn’t Everything”

These Newcastle based fellows, nurtured in that crucible of good ale and fine music, the Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle, are a six piece combo presenting an engaging foot-tapping, swing filled, humour bathed mix which takes you back to the bluesy old-time jazz days!  But they are so much more than that.

The opening track takes you down to the Byker  bayou  with the refreshing taste of Cajun in “Danse de La Limonade” . You find yourself listening to a crackly old 78” in the “Great Fire of Byker” (which it was, as I saw it..!). This historical ditty recounts the great inflammation of “Shepherd’s Scrap Metals” thus preserving that event in musical history. But this CD ain’t destined for the scrapyard. Rob is able in his old time voice,born in that speakeasy of the  county of Cumbria, to lead us in a bit of money orientated wisdom in the title track which packs one hell of a swing! The boys don’t fight shy of the banking crisis including some choppy rhythms, tuneful whistling, and mandolin picking courtesy of Tom Cronin. “Hot Bath” has a lovely swinging feel with great call and response chorus and some nice tinkly old time piano! If the many excellent tracks of this album leave you feeling a bit overpowered it’s probably because  you’ve got “The Hangover Blues”, the album’s penultimate track. This lament’s humorous lyrics which provide good health , are delivered in expert style by the adroit Mr Heron. We leave Rob, Ben Fitzgerald (guitar, vocals),Tom Cronin, Colin Nicholson (accordion, vocals), Rob Blazey (double bass, vocals) and Dav Shiel (drums, vocals) swinging us out shabadabadoing, finger picking, double bass twanging their way into a very promising, entertaining start to what will be  the first of many albums. By the way, they are also excellent live, and a fine set of fellows!

More info at: and a further review at: . Why not treat your beloved or your mate or yourself to some Newcastle Old Time! Go to the band’s website to grab yourself a copy or via I Tunes.



NE1 Fm

This is a community based radio station broadcasting on 102.5fm in Newcastle/Gateshead and to the world on the internet at:

Roots Music features on NE1 Fm!

Occasional “RootsoftheWorld” show from me. It tends to be on  Monday am  (GMT) between 10am and 12. Look out on Twitter for alerts.

Current programming (accurate as of September 2nd 2012) includes:

Mondays 11PM-1AM – Vintage Swing Show

“Two hours of swing, blues and jazz from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s with Richard Owen.”

Sunday 11PM-1AM – Jumping Hot Club
Alan Harrison presents an eclectic mix of ‘rootsy’ music, with both local and international acts, interviews and more.

RootsoftheWorld/Newcastle Roots Music Radio contacts


Next blog and podcast out: December 1st

How you can help Newcastle Roots Music Radio/RootsoftheWorld-

Usual stuff: listen to podcast and recommend to others by e mail /Twitter etc., follow me on Twitter and retweet my tweets particularly the podcast/blog links, like on my Facebook page and be my friend, recommend me to others, put a poster up.

Local Artists: If you feel you fit the brief of this blog and associated podcast please get in touch. It would help if you could send some of your music for me to have a listen to, ideally on CD, and dates of any upcoming gigs in the region, weblinks etc. Use the contact details above. I look forward to hearing from you.

And finally: RootsoftheWorld wishes you a happy month musically and otherwise! Be careful. And be nice. Bye for now! J


















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