Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Roots of the World Blog and North East England Gig Guide May 2013



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Welcome again to my “blog” which aims to be a one stop shop for N.E. gigs including folk and roots gigs through my podcast and blog/gig guide as well as through regular tweets and postings on Facebook.

Thank you to all those artists and venues over the last month who have responded so enthusiastically to this venture as well as providing useful feedback. As from this month as promised the gig guide will still have a listings element to it, but the descriptions will be briefer and there will be more audio/video content. PLesae click on the blue hyper texts links for more content/info/sounclips.

Now what can be found below:

Podcast Playlist

Gig guide



Coda Music

Community Radio and Roots Music

Bits and Pieces to end with including that the June podcast and guide will be out June 2ndt with Hannabiell and Midnight Blue being the featured artists with a Latin/Lusaphone emphasis to the edition to mark the VAMOS festival in Newcastle 14th June to 14th July 2013.


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Northeast artists of the month :Tyde

Tyde are Seth Tinsley, guitar and vocals, Heather Gessey (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Waite (accordion). They are from the Tynedale area and play dynamic contemporary folk. I have seen them in concert. It was at the launch of their first album, a couple of years ago: a memorable night at Queen's Hall in Hexham. I went away with a copy of the CD, a smile on my face and a spring in my step...see what you think! Busy month for Seth as he  gives his finals performance at Sage Gateshead (See gig guide below)...Good luck Seth! The podcast begins and ends with tracks from their new album "The Hidden Spoon". Catch them live this month at the Ship Inn, Low Newton by the Sea, Northumberland on May 25!

Listen to tracks from Tyde's new album here and visit their website.

Podcast Playlist:

Artist/Track/Album/ Web link for more info/Start time on podcast-use this to find a track or to skip if not to your taste!

Tyde/ Katrina/The Hidden Spoon /Tyde /

Karine Polwart/Don’t Worry/Traces/ /

Ganesh and Kumaresh/ Ka Va Va/Samarpanam/

Alister Fraser and Natalie Haas/Alien Ceilidh/In the Moment/ /

The Toy Hearts/ This Little Kitty/Femme Fatale/

Dead Belgian/Madelaine/Love and Death-The Songs of Jacques Brel/

Rachid Taha/ Ana/Zoom/http://

Mariama Kouyate/Sara Gnima/ Teranga/

Crossings Band/Crossing Many Hills/Live at the Cluny/

Kate Doubleday/ Pied Flycatcher/ Pied Flycatcher/

Lotte Mullan/Fire in My Soul/ Plain Jane /

Bruce Molsky/Cousin Sally Brown/ Plain Jane/

Horizontal Sunday / Musicus Dolomiticus/It’s Complicated/

Barrule/ Ni Kiarree fo Niaghtey/

Blair Dunlop/Bags Outside the Door/Blight and Blossom/ /

Tyde/ Pietros/ The Hidden Spoon/


Wednesday 1st May

Chris Wood: Sage Gateshead

Reknowned Kentish folk singer and brilliant wordsmith.

Karine Polwart: Gala, Durham

Scottish folk singer songwriter with a probing mind and lyrics keenly sensitive to the issues of today.

Click here for Gala, Durham.

Thursday 2nd May

Tom Paxton: Sage Gateshead

Songwriting/folk legend Tom Paxton 

By Toutatis, Lee Maddison, Kid Kirby: The Polite Room: Gala Theatre, Durham

Saltburn band headline this intimate gig with great folk-rock tunes.

Friday 3rd May

The Polite Room: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Holy Moly and the Crackers, last month's featured NE artists on Newcastle Roots Music Radio and support from Your Casket or Mine and Joe Solo.

Ganesh and Kumaresh: Sage Gateshead, Fiddles on Fire Festival

Karnatic violin duo get the "Fiddles on Fire" Festival off to a south India start! Presented in conjunction with Gem Arts.

Blues Band: Gala, Durham

Highly respected British blues combo.

Click here for Gala, Durham website.

Saturday 4th May

Rona Wilkie and Marit Fallit, As the Crowe Flies: Sage Gateshead, "Fiddles on Fire Festival"

Cross cultural Scottish-Norwegian project; "As the Crow Flies".

Rona and Marit

Zapp 4: Sage Gateshead, "Fiddles on Fire" Festival

Dutch quartet: Groove, improvisation, passion = a blast on stage.

Natalie Haas, Alisdair Fraser, VAMM, Casey Driessen: Sage Gateshead "Fiddles on Fire" Festival

An absolute smorgasbord of folk string talent drawing from a variety of traditions.

TIm Kilphius Trio:Sage Gateshead “Fiddles on Fire” Festival

A profoundly musical blend of gypsy jazz, classical and folk music ends the day at the festival.

The Line featuring Steve Rodger & Harriet Cole: Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

An evening with the finest Johnny Cash tribute band East of Tennessee. With support from the amazing Alex Ross & The Sons of Encouragement.


Rab Noakes:Davy Lamp Folk Club, Arts Centre Washington


Highly influential singer-songwriter from north of the Border.



Sunday 5th May

The Toy Hearts & Vera van Heeringen: Jumpin'Hot Club, Live Theatre, Newcastle

Bluegrass/Western Swing from Brum from the Toy Hearts, plus more bluegrass from Vera.

Listen to the Toy Hearts Click here!

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc:Sage Gateshead “Fiddles on Fire” Festival

Norway, Sweden and Shetland fiddling traditions in the hands of three fine young fiddlers.

John Carty:Sage Gateshead “Fiddles on Fire” Festival

One of Ireland's finest fiddlers.

Methera and Mats Rehman:Sage Gateshead “Fiddles on Fire” Festival

New English folk music interwoven with storytelling from a master Swedish teller of tales.

Duncan Chisholm:Sage Gateshead “Fiddles on Fire” Festival

2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee for musician of the year...enough said then re this Scots fiddler!

Ilana Cravitz:Sage Gateshead “Fiddles on Fire” Festival

Klezmer and baroque fiddler.

Bellingham All Acoustic: "Mini BAA" Fest

Folk all dayer with Gareth Davies-Jones, Carly Blain, David Newey, Shona Kipling, Kat Davidson, Horizontal Sunday and Landermason.

Ken Wilson:South Shields Folk Club, Customs House, South Shields

Hanabiell and Midnight Blue: Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle as part of Funk Holiday Sunday

Hannabiell & Midnight Blue is a high energy ensemble that fuses Jazz, Afro-Caribbean & Latin drumming, Afro-beat, Funk, and Reggae to create their unique sound!

Holy Moly and the Crackers; The Chimney Boys: Head of Steam, Newcastle

Monday 6th May

Tuesday 7th May

The Spiers Family: Queen's Hall, Hexham

Tom, Maggie & Emma Spiers sing a variety of folk songs, mainly but not exclusively traditional material from the north east of Scotland.

Wednesday 8th May

Loudon Wainwright III:Sage Gateshead

Life affirming intensely personal songs from this colossus of roots music and the craft of  the singer-songwriter.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band:Cluny, Byker, Newcastle

Three piece country blues band with some musical welly direct from Brown County, Indiana!

Thursday 9th May

The Abyssinians +support: Cluny, Newcastle

Roots harmony vocals from these roots-reggae stalwarts presented by Boss Sounds

Reg Meuross: Rothbury Roots with support from Burke Homer and Friends

Imaginative and finely crafted folk songs from Reg at the Queen's Head in Rothbury.

Click here to go to the Rothbury Roots website.

Balshazzar's Feast: Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle


Blending folk with classical music and comedy plus the odd music hall song thrown in. If you like Mozart, Beethoven, Elvis Presley and The Spinners avoid them - you have been warned! “Tantalizing tunes performed with wit and finesse” – Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 


Colum Sands: Darlington Arts Festival/Darlington Folk Club


Irish singer-songwriter from the famous Sands family.


Holy Moly and the Crackers: The Monkey Junk Blues Club @ the Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton

Friday 10th May

Reggae Celebration, the Life and Music of Bob Marley :Head of Steam Pub, Newcastle

Reggae festival, live performances and DJs to May 13.

Saturday 11th May

Lotte Mullan: The Old Cinema Launderette, Durham with support: Debbie McCoy

Excellent singer songwriter Lotte brings her craft to Durham.

Click here for the Old Cinema Launderette website.

Sunjay Brayne: Davy Lamp Folk Club, Arts Centre Washington

One of the best young performers on the English acoustic scene.

Ladies of Midnight Blue:

 at Co -operative Women’s Challenge 2020 North: Beacon, Newcastle

Serious Sam Barratt; Holy Moly & the Crackers and Trev Gibb: Jumpin'Hot Club @Cluny, Newcastle

Serious Sam is serious about 50s Rock and Roll and Rockabilly-Quality music from Yorkshire, Local talents: Holy Moly (Bin fire blues and more) and Trev Gibb, singer-songwriter.

Sunday 12th May

Latino Events NE: Latino Party Sunday launch at Cafe Ernest, OuseburnValley, Newcastle

Launch night of this weekly Sunday night  Latin event with Latin music and DJs!

Newcastle Latin Band Burundanga

Kishi Bashi: The Georgian Theatre Stockton

Fresh from a sell out tour Stockton seemed the next best place..check out the above link!

Monday 13th  May

Tuesday 14th May

Anthony John Clarke:Cramlington Folk Club at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington

Wednesday 15th May

The New Rope String Band:Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Superb folk combined with humour and elemnts of circus.

Battlefield Band: Maltings, Berwick:

One of the great Scottish folk bands.

Thursday 16th May

Hurray for the Riff Raff + the King Bees: Jumpin'Hot Club at Cluny2

Swampy, folksy, country blues.


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Sage Gateshead

No introduction needed?

TC Moon Duo: The Monkey Junk Blues Club @ the Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton

Friday 17th May

Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Georgian Theatre Stockton

See above entry and vid. for the Cluny 2, 16/5/13.

The Crossings Band: Boss Sounds/Jumpin'Hot Club at Cluny2

One of the northeast's leading world music bands.

The Tea Party Presents Sidney Bailey’s No Good Punchin Clowns:Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

The Tea Party Presents Sidney Bailey’s No Good Punchin Clowns

Support from Monkey Junk



Saturday 18th May

Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller: Etal Village Hall, Northumberland

Vocal folk duo bring their superbly talented contemporary and traditional songs to this beautiful north Northumberland spot.

Acoustic Singer Songwriter Sam Sallon and Acoustic Singer songwriter Jay Leighton make a double header main act gig at The Old Cinema Launderette, Durham

With support from Meghann Cluny. 

Click here to listen to Jay.

Click here for Old Cinema Launderette website.

Bruce Molsky: Davy Lamp Folk Club, Arts Centre Washington

Considered by many as the premier old-time fiddler in the world!

Sunday 19th May

Paul Liddell:Cluny2, Byker, Newcastle

Local singer-songwriter, smooth vocals, tackles social injustice through the power of music.

The Handsome Family plus support Gateshead Town Hall

A fine songwriting partnership hailed "the Beatles" of the folk world.

The Tea Pad's Sunshine Medicine Show:Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra, The King Bees, Holy Moly and The Crackers, The Honey Bop Trio, The Bill Kaman Band + DJ’s.


Maltings, Berwick: Bruce Molsky


As per 18/5: Davy Lamp entry.


Barrie and Ingrid Temple:South Shields Folk Club, Customs House, South Shields

Monday 20th May

Pipe Dream, Bridge Folk Club, Bridge Pub, Newcastle

Tuesday 21st May

Lord Huron:Cluny, Byker, Newcastle

Indie folk band from the U.S.

Dead Belgian: Cluny2, Byker, Newcastle

Liverpool based band playing with a unique sound the music of Jacques Brel (1929-78) , the iconic Belgian singer-songwriter. Watch Dead Belgian's inspiration Jacques Brel here.

Wednesday 22nd May

Evening Hymns: The Old Cinema Launderette, Durham.

Canadian Indie Folk Rock.

Thursday 23rd May

Ben Church and Kat Davidson:Stocksfield Community Centre, Northumberland

The culmination of work with Broomley First School for Ben, known for his percussive guitar playing and Kat for her background in the songs of Northumberland. Also featuring the Stocksfield Stompers.

Landermason at Rothbury Roots with support from Horizontal Sunday

North Tyne duo who brilliantly fuse jazz and folk with their new album on tour at the Queen's Head, Rothbury!

Click here to go to Rothbury Roots website.

Paul Judge:The Monkey Junk Blues Club @ the Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton

Tom McConville and Dave Newey: Darlington Arts Festival at Darlington Folk Club

The Geordie fiddler with Newcastle based acoustic guitarist Dave Newey.

Friday 24th May

The Teacups: Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland part of the Hexham Gathering

Vocal folk quartet comprising students from the folk degree armed with good banter!

Poppy Perezz support from Diddly Squat:Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

The four-piece, hailing from Mexico, Trinidad and England but now resident in the suitably cosmopolitan city of Bristol, make feel-good, sunshine-happy music for cool and groovy summer nights.


Blair Dunlop; The Hearth, Horsley, part of the Hexham Gathering


English folk musician, member of the current Albion Band and armed with an acclaimed album "Blight and Blossom".


Ewan MacClennan: Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, part of the Hexham Gathering


A real talent amidst young Scottish singer-songwriters.


Saturday 25th May

Karine Polwart, & Calum Stewart & Lauren Macoll: Queen's Hall, Hexham: Hexham Gathering

One of Scotland's best songsmith's with talented young Scottish folk duo

Tyde: The Ship Inn, Low Newton by the Sea

Talented young Tynedale folk trio , and featured podcast artists bring their dynamic music to this beautifully situated cosy sea side pub for an intimate gig which will no doubt include tracks from their 2nd and new album "The Hidden Spoon"!

Colum Sands: Davy Lamp Folk Club, Arts Centre Washington

Reknowned Irish storyteller with a poetic musicality.

YolanDa Brown: Alnwick Playhouse

Double MOBO award winning jazz saxophonist.

Kanda Bongo Man: Sage Gateshead

The king of kwassa kwassa!

Sunday 26th May

Down in the Attic, Stocksfield Stompers and Highline: Queen's Hall, Hexham: Hexham Gathering

Great trio of energetic young folk groups.

Gig in the Park Tim Edey and Brendan Power Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra: Bandstand, Abbey Grounds, Hexham:Hexham Gathering

Legendary duo of guitar, button accordion and harmonica excellence alongside the eclectic Old Time Tyneside combo.

Youss Band:Customs House, South Shields

Music from Congo.

Anna Shannon:South Shields Folk Club, Customs House, South Shields

Monday 27th May

Tuesday 28th May

Sage Gateshead: Folk Degree Final Year Recitals

A very nice folkie  way to spend your afternoon!

Alasdair Roberts and Lady Maisery: Sage Gateshead

A nice folkie way to follow up the above!

Martin Stephenson:The Ship Inn, Low Newton by the Sea

NE roots/folk master musician provides a very nice way to pass this Tuesday night by the sea.


Wednesday 29th May

Sage Gateshead: Folk Degree Final Year Recitals

A very nice folkie  way to spend your afternoon!

Allan Taylor and Rab Noakes: Sage Gateshead

Folk duo from Scotland with a distinguished pedigree.

Thursday 30th May

Monkey Junk:The Monkey Junk Blues Club @ the Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton

Sage Gateshead: Folk Degree Final Year Recitals

A very nice folkie  way to spend your afternoon!

Barrule: Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

This compact, versatile, acoustic trio create a powerful and wholly distinctive sound with the accordion wizard Jamie Smith, gifted fiddle-player Tomas Callister and Adam Rhodes on bouzouki and electronics. They present their debut album with support from Shona Mooney and Amy Thatcher of The Shee.

Friday 31st May

Future Traditions: Final Year Folk Degree Celebration Concert:Sage Gateshead

Saturday 1st June

Jason McNiff at the Old Cinema Launderette, Durham

English Americana from Jason Yorkshire born based in that London.

Click here for the The Old Cinema Launderette, Durham website.

An Evening with Clive Gregson:Jumpin'Hot Club, Studio, Live Theatre

Manchester born Nashville based time served singer-songwriter.

Sinsheen : Davy Lamp Folk Club, Arts Centre Washington

Singing duo with originality, virtuosity and rich harmonies.

Tannahill Weavers:Maltings, Berwick:

Second great traditional Scottish folk band in 2 weeks comes to Berwick!

Sunday June 2nd

Bill Fletcher and Dave Whaley: South Shields Folk Club, Customs House, South Shields


Kate Doubleday

“Pied Flycatcher” (EP)

Kate Doubleday is a young Welsh folk singer who has a deep love of nature. She is also a freelance community organic gardener and a supporter of the Wildlife Trusts. This is reflected in the content of this charming EP, named after the Pied Flycatcher, this tail wagging summer visitor to western shores of the U.K including Wales. Read more about the pied flycatcher in the link at the bottom of this review.

Kate according to her bio (link to her website at the end of the review) used to drive her Dad crazy singing as a youngster in the car. She didn’t give up on this habit and I am glad she didn’t. Whilst not possessing her father’s then vehicle a Scimitar, the EP and her voice transformed my journey to work in my Polo, with the music’s sense of open skies;  the awe, wonder and innate spirituality of nature; and a sense of the lightness of the aerial gymnastics that skittish little birds perform when on the wing.

Prior to even playing the CD my senses were soothed by the artwork on the beautifully simple and eco-friendly cardboard sleeve, where there is a very soft calming portrait on one of our feathered friends that likes to summer in West Wales by artist Virginia Head. So my expectations were raised by the packaging alone!

I confess that from the first notes of the title track, which commences the EP of three tracks, I was utterly beguiled. Kate’s delicate yet strong vocal created in my head an image of this little bird in flight and the purity and simplicity of the song, indeed every song on the EP , left me feeling sooo much better.

“The Dunes”, which occupies the middle of the EP, is ushered in by a light as a feather flute (played by Kate), gently plucked kora and the paper lightness of Kate’s voice. The kora incidentally is played by leading UK and Birmingham based kora player Dan Wilkins. The chorus of “Ha-de-lay-i-oh…” and so on (I hope I spelt that correctly) hints for me at the fun and lightness of spirit which nature brings and Kate clearly feels get this cross very effectively.

“Freefalling” (track 3) relates to Kate’s deep love of nature and her need to be out in amidst it. The song ripples like a refreshing stream, whilst the backing vocalists impart a sense of the ethereal that is our green environment.

If you are stuck in a concrete jungle and feeling weighed down by a lack of green, get this EP and it will take you to another place. If you can see a beautiful natural view out of your window, the music I think will affirm what you already probably feel if you love nature. Anyway, I’m off to spend some looking at the birds in my garden now I need nature!

More about Kate Doubleday and the EP:

More about the Pied Flycatcher :

Learn more about Kate’s environmental practice:

Music Tuition


If you want to play rather than just listen….Tuition at varying levels is available:

Newcastle/Gateshead and about:

Phoenix Folk:

The Sage Gateshead:

Gem Arts UK, Gateshead:

Hexham and about:

Core Music, Hexham:

If you’d like to suggest further entries to this directory please get in touch.


Roots of the World World, Folk , Roots Shopping


Recommended purveyor of CDs : Coda Music, Edinburgh

Click here for Coda's website.

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! Many of the CDs featured on this podcast are purchased from Coda. Note: Coda Music do not make any financial contribution towards this podcast and this is my own view, given freely.

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

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Community Radio and Folk/World/Roots Music:

NE1 Fm-Community radio for Newcastle and Gateshead

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 includes (based on NE1 Fm’s descriptions):

Mondays 11PM-1AM– Vintage Swing Show

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

5-7PM – NE1 IrishJim 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.

Bits and Pieces to End:

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 , recommend me to others.

Local Artists or otherwise:

 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!



Next edition of Newcastle Roots Music Radio and Roots of the World gig guide out June 2nd focusing on the VAMOS festival with NE featured artists Hannabiell and Midnight Blue.



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