JT Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul in their music.: No Depression.”
Sage, Gateshead Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Soweto Kinch - 'The Legend of Mike Smith' and Zara McFarlane
Sage, Gateshead Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Stonephace Stabbins featuring Zoe Rahman
Sour MashTrio: Brewdog Newcastle
Rockabilly NE style!
Highlights Rural Touring Scheme Hugh Lupton (The Liberty Tree), Wark Town Hall, Wark
In the 25 years they have been performing together “Aly & Phil” have become household names in Scotland and are renown around the world. From fast paced reels and jigs to haunting slow airs they are the consummate masters of their craft and have a great sense of humour on stage as well. An evening with them is a night to remember forever.
Sage, Gateshead Making Tracks: Johanna Johola
“Charismatic and playful Finnish accordionista Johanna Juhola takes the essence Buenos Aires tango halls, blends it with dark Finnish landscapes, and rolls it all up in contrasting worlds of sound – by turns melancholy, exuberant, eclectic and just plain cheeky. Harnessing subtle and inventive electronic elements and backed by the innovative musical wizardry of her Reaktori quartet, Johanna is a well-known face on Finland’s music scene.”
Laish, Emma Gatrill, Martha Rose: Cumberland Arms, Byker:
Alternative folk from Brighton’s Laish, support as stated.
Monday April 22
Darlington Folk Club at the Copper Beech Pub: Judith Haswell & Trish McClean
Mr Wishy Washy, Old Cinema Launderette,Durham:Gilmore & Roberts. Support Russell Swallow & Wolf
Twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left, recorded in London with producer Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee), explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by Gilmore & Roberts' passion for stories.
Newcastle upon Tyne venues
Live Theatre, Newcastle
Bridge Folk Club, Newcastle
King’s Hall, Newcastle University
Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
Jumping and Hot Club
North Tyneside Venues
Whitley Bay Playhouse
South Tyneside Venues
South Shields Folk Club
Customs House, South Shields
Davy Lamp Folk Club, Washington Arts Centre
County Durham Venues
Darlington Folk Club
Gala, Durham City
Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
Town Hall, Bishop Auckland
Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
Queen’s Hall, Hexham
Hear No Evil, Alnwick
Bellingham All Acoustic Club
Cramlington Folk Club
The Hearth, Horsley
Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses
The ARC, Stockton
Lovely things come in small packages and that is certainly true of this EP release from northeast England based Scouser, singer-songwriter and pianist Anna Corcoran. Her 3 track EP released earlier this month “Anything Better” is a delight .I for one would welcome an album in the same vein.
All the tracks are entirely the work of Anna who has clearly used the path that her life has taken to great effect. A music graduate of Goldsmith’s College, London; Anna then spent some time behind the keyboard in some of London’s pricier hotels and then returned to the Liverpool music scene before moving to the north-east recently.
The EP opens with the title track “Anything Better”. The beginning of this song pulled me right in with delicious piano and guitar. Then Anna’s vocal enters with a smooth but touching quality. The tenderness in her voice was beautifully further emphasised by what I felt was a hint of “bluegrassiness “in the arrangement.
Track 2 –Sadly we are already nearly at the end of the EP! “Fallen Easy” is a beautiful song about someone who has hit hard times. The song is from a friend, I imagine, and is one of encouragement and offer of support to the fallen. Anna delivers the lyrics with a moving humanity accompanied with a tight, musical accompaniment including the excellent Stephanie Kearley on cello. This left me feeling that this was a song that reflected a compassionate songstress which assisted me greatly. I like to like the musicians I’m reviewing!
Track 3: “The Show”: Anna showed her flexibility as an artist to be able to operate across genres in this song. The gently lilting arrangement has a jazzy quality to it, which I found hard to get out of my head! All the lyrics on the EP are Anna’s, but I found her capacity to use the words musically for their own sound qualities most impressive in this song. “Buy a pretty dress for you to see, Buy a pretty dress for you, For you, For you to see on me” This pattern of repetition of words proved really appealing and recurs throughout the song, the next verse beginning “Paint my lips bright red for you to kiss, Paint my lips bright red for you…” and the song is topped off by a lovely “Ba-da-da-dum….” interval stylishly delivered. Great stuff!
Anna, it’s great to have you in the northeast with your beautiful voice, playing and composition, you are very welcome as is this EP! Recommended.
CD and more information available at : http://www.annacorcoran.com/
On The Mound,
Alan Harrison presents an eclectic mix of ‘rootsy’ music, with both local and international acts, interviews and more. STOP PRESS: Sadly, Alan is no longer able to do the show-it will be much missed.
Jim Bennett, Fiona Clelland and Tommy McClements host a weekly magazine featuring chat, interviews and live music for the Irish community of Newcastle and Gateshead.NE1 Irish is a magazine-style programme catering for the Irish community of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, and is live every Wednesday from 5 til 7PM.