Monday, 1 July 2013

Roots of the World Blog and North East Gig Guide July 2013

Featuring North East Artist of the Month Gem Andrews,
Summertyne Festival, Brass! Durham International Festival and Vamos! Festival

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Welcome to Roots of the World July 2013! As usual you will find the playlist for my podcast which this month covers a number of  festivals currently or about to satiating the N.E. roots music palette. I can recommend VAMOS which started in June. The music is vibrant, powerful and passionate and it attracts a really nice party crowd! The Durham BRASS! festival has a great community programme really getting brassy out in Durham communities and SUMMERTYNE , well, what can I say ? The best country, roots, old time, bluegrass, Americana ...all on the banks of the bonny Tyne and even on it! There's also coverage of the NARC Festival, Ouseburn Festival and the Stockton Weekender.
As well as the podcast there's a comprehensive (though possibly not completely exhaustive) gig guide, as well as useful info about Roots, World and Folk in the N.E.
North East Artist of the Month 
Gem Andrews

Gem is based in Newcastle and she creates great songs which have caused such a stir including in Americana circles that she played at NXNE music fest in Toronto this June. She'll be on the bill at Summertyne as well. I've selected two beautiful tracks from her excellent debut album "Scatter", mellow music which I am sure you will enjoy.   More Gem info HERE! and some YouTube footage of her in the gig guide.


Artist/Track/Album/Weblink/Start time on podcast

Gem Andrews/ Garden/Scatter/
Patty Griffin/Mom and Dad's Waltz/American Kid/
Tom Russell/The Road to Nowhere/Mesabi/
David Wax Museum/Will You Be Sleeping?/Knock Knock Get Up/
Hannabiell//Protest Culture/
Jyotsna Srikanth/Annapoorne/Call of Bangalore/
Skylark Song/The Last Place You Said Goodbye/

Bevvy Sisters/Cow Cow Ticky Ay Ae/St James Sessions/
Mr. B.Gentleman Rhymer/They Don't Allow Rappers in the Bullingdon Club/The Tweed Album/
Geoff Berner/Good Luck Now/The Wedding Dance/
Hackney Colliery/Africa/Hackney Colliery Band/
Le Vent du Nord/Les Metiers/La Part du Feu/

Gem Andrews/Scatter /Scatter/
Roots of the World North East Folk World and Roots Gig Guide July 2013
Monday 1st July

Tuesday 2nd July

X Salsa team bring salsa tuition and percussion to Durham city!
Wednesday 3rd July

Top notch folk accordion opens Phoenix Folk's Summer series of gigs!
Thursday 4th July

Fantastic classical guitarist combines Mexican music and works of visal artist from Mexico, Portugal, the U.K. and China.

Fancy a bit of Canadian klezmer?

Celebrate USA Independence Day  if you feel the need to or just go for the hell of it!

Folk from this 30 years plus force from Scots folk tradition.

Friday 5th July

Exciting pianist from Venezuela with an exciting jazz/African-Latino blend.

VAMOS! Festival: Yilis del Carmen Suriel Exhibition Opening and Performance by Ladies of Midnight Blue

Yilis is a Dominican American printmaker and member of Ladies of Midnight Blue.

Global brass beats from these brassy Yorkistas! 

Saturday 6th July

Another chance to boogie to this hot band in the open air and it's freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Flamenco performance-click above for this rich and diverse presentation.

Great little fest and line up of talent from local events and listing magazine NARC.

Italian brass playing Balkan, Latin and more!

Funky smokin' brass.

Party time in those Durham streets for two all day events featuring a great variety of bands!

The world's best brass  and the best British street bands!

Sunday 7th July

Another great little fest and line up of local talent from local events !

Monday 8th July

Tuesday 9th July

Wednesday 10th July

Lots more community Brass events all over County Durham in June. I can't list them all click here and read about all the events!!
Thursday 11th July

Friday 12th July

Adventures in truly English chap-hop! Truly eccentrically English sah! Listen in here old pip!

Groovy wax: Polynesian and Carribean sounds from Mr Heron.

Brassy Balkan, hip hop and more from this top British band!  

Saturday 13th July

Latin American meets classical.

SOLD OUT! Shame because it's great folk music!

Stunning Scottish vocal trio.

Sunday 14th July

Tango, Mariachi and Afro-Cuban Fusion/Latino and Flamenco contribute to a fantastic penultimate VAMOS event!

Beer Festival Music Day: Cumberland Arms, Byker, Newcastle

Quality ales, quality music , possibly served with some Holy Moly Crackers (clue to a band appearing....)

Tuesday 16th July

Karnatic violin playing of the highest standard-exhilaratingly spiritual sounds.

Wednesday 17th July

This NE icon of the concertina in concert!

Thursday 18th July

Drink beer , enjoy Morris!

High energy Afro-beat, Latin and more from this dynamic combo!

Friday 19th July

Leading singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff collaborates with one of the regions finest traditional bands.

Non-stop outdoor roots music kicks off the festival from 12-6pm! Including Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and the Gem Andrews Band! Click the link above for full schedule and let's hope the sun shines on Gateshead! 


Matthew's songcraft is causing a real stir in roots/Americana circles. 

Raul Malo and co turn on the Tex Mex style!

Gospel rooted country singer of distinction!

Saturday 20th July

A celebration of the evolution of N.E. music as part of the innovative project developed by Bridie and her fellow Arbourites!

Summertyne, River A celebration of the evolution of N.E. music in this innovative pioneering series of concerts
Honey Bop Trio and Anth Purdy

Swing jazz, rockabilly, river swell and more!

Chocbox of roots sounds in Gateshead blazing sunshine!

Talented sisters not to be missed!

One of the great Americana stars of today with support from a distinctive Canadian folk voice Sam Amidon.

Including Elizabeth Cook and local lass Hannah Rickard!

A great Cajun band of today!

Sensitive and musically polished passionate folk duo with excellent support artists!

Sunday 21st July

Mexo Americana and banjo man Walsh!

One of the most talked about Brit Country couples.

Appalachian music and river swell!

Old African American musical traditions explore and how.

Exactly what it says :)

Singer-songwriter who delivers his craft with great charm ends the festival

Monday 22nd July

Tuesday 23nd July

The music is as good as the name!

Wednesday 24th July

Foot stomping folk from Quebec!

Thursday 25th July

Friday 26th July

Saturday 27th July

Loads of acts not all folk and roots but including Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, the Lake Poets, By Toutatis, Sparrow and the Workshop, Holy Moly and the Crackers...not bad! Click above and read on!

Tales from a Forgotten City: Shipley Art Gallery: Ruth Fetis, Bridie Jackson & the Arbour

An unplugged set from BJ and Co to launch a new collaborative exhibition led by print maker Ruth Fetis.

Legendary name on the NE folk circuit-a cracking four piece folk band.

Sunday 28th July

Monday 29th July

Tuesday 30th July

Jeff Jolly Band:Maltings, Berwick

Roots, Americana and Country

Wednesday 31st July

Melodeon and American style fiddle to get those summer toes tapping!
Bits and pieces
If you want to play rather than just listen….Tuition at varying levels is available:
Newcastle/Gateshead and about:

Phoenix Folk:

Coda Music: Folk and World Retail Specialists 

Based in Edinburgh, Coda provide a friendly and well informed
service to provide you with the very best in folk, roots and world
music! Click here for Coda website!  Friendly folk, helpful informative
Community Radio and Roots Music 
NE1FM serving Newcastle/Gateshead has the Vintage Swing Show on Monday evenings between 11 and 1am from Richard Owen. On Tuesdays from 8 to 10pm Jim. Bennett presents NE1 Irish with folk. More details here! 
Spice FM  is a local station serving Tyneside with content of interestto all interested in Asian culture, world music and entertainment. More details click here!  
Hive Radio is a community radio station operating out of Jarrow-check them out! I will be starting a fortnightly folk, roots and world music show on Hive starting Sunday August 4th with gig news, stories about the music, artists and hopefully some banter. look out on the Hive website and for shout outs on social media. Also check out the Jumpin'Hot Radio Show with Alan Harrison on Hive every Sunday at 3pm for Roots, Country and Americana.

The Sage Gateshead:
Hexham and about:
Core Music, Hexham:

Community Cultural Organisations/ Regular Events

Waka Waka Africa North East For  information click here!

Latino Events North East include music and more at  CafĂ© Ernest in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle every Sunday. More info click here!

GemArtsUK: Culturally diverse dynamic arts organisation. More info click here!

Crossings: Community Music Group based  in Newcastle, committed to using music to bridge barriers. Interested in getting involved: Click here!

And lastly................
Newcastle Roots Music Radio August 2013 podcast  will be out on Saturday August 3rd. The North East artist of the month is as yet to be confirmed. Also don't forget my radio show on Hive Radio will be on August 4th! Thanks for your interest, spread the word, support the music, venues and promoters and take care.


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