Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce six fantastic new shows that are on sale now. Highlights include exclusive Christmas and New Year shows with Ward Thomas and Candi Staton, ‘First Lady of Celtic Music’ Moya Brennan, and Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite couple Karen and Kevin Clifton.

An Exclusive Christmas Show! Ward Thomas plus Wildwood Kin

Thursday 7 December, 7.30pm, Sage One

Record breakers, chart toppers and country crossover stars Ward Thomas are returning to Gateshead for an exclusive Christmas show this December!

22 year old twins Catherine and Lizzy made history with their stunning major label debut when it reached the top spot in the U.K. Album charts, by becoming the first ever UK country act to achieve the feat. On top of that extraordinary achievement, the album stayed in the top five for three weeks: a rare accomplishment.

Written in Nashville in 2014, Cartwheels, was the song that kick started the entire writing process for the album. Reflecting on experiences of young women (and men!) everywhere, it tells the sad tale of someone who refuses to accept that a relationship is over. The heartbreaking story is brought to life by the sister’s stripped back vocals and beguiling harmonies.

Book Now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/ward-thomas46874/

New Year’s Eve: Candi Staton plus House Gospel Choir

Sunday 31 December, Doors 8.30pm, Sage One

Flying in from the States for this exclusive, one night only performance, Candi Staton, the four-time Grammy award nominated artist famed for such floor-fillers as ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ and ‘You Got the Love’ will be ringing in 2018 with disco hits and pop classics.

House Gospel Choir will also perform their mash-up brand of house and gospel, sharing an eclectic musical experience with audiences to get them up and dancing. The choir brings together outstanding singers with DJs, live keyboards, bass and drums to create a sound that raises the roof.

As well as Candi Staton’s exclusive performance and House Gospel Choir, Sage Gateshead will also have food and drink, DJs and performances on the concourse. Dining options are available; including a three course dinner with half a bottle of wine for £99 (includes concert ticket).

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/new-years-eve-candi-staton-plus-house-gospel-choir/

Leveret + National Youth Folk

Saturday 17 February 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble launched in October 2016, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music.

Expect modern arrangements of folk tunes from England and beyond, alongside new compositions drawing on traditional music, all created and performed by these rising stars.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society project supported by Arts Council England.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/leveret-national-youth-folk/

Newcastle Bach Choir – Handel’s Messiah

Saturday 24 February 2018, 7.30pm, Sage One

Although Handel’s most famous work, Messiah, is associated with Christmas, the text of Part Two deals with the Easter story, making it highly appropriate for performance during Lent.

This performance is largely based on a version Handel directed in London in 1743 and includes several numbers not usually heard. The Newcastle Bach Choir and period instruments of Newcastle Baroque are joined by a stellar line-up of Samling soloists and international countertenor Lawrence Zazzo.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/newcastle-bach-choir46855/

Moya Brennan

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, has had a successful solo career with 8 albums to her credit and more in the pipeline. Her live show has developed into a visual (as well as sound) spectacle with rhythm, atmosphere and vibrant harmony.

Besides her solo work Moya has been much in demand for a number of other projects and is both vociferous and active in her championing of Irish arts and culture abroad. Her career to date includes 25 albums, numerous film scores and she has sung with many great artists, including The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan and Bono.

Her voice continues to be in demand in dance music and includes collaborations with Chicane (Saltwater), DJ Roger Shah and Schiller.

In recent years she has been involved in two exciting collaborations; Firstly with three renowned Irish female singers as T with the Maggies (Moya, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Altan) and Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill (Skara Brae, Bothy Band, Coolfin) and also as Voices & Harps with renowned Irish harpist, Cormac De Barra.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/moya-brennan-2018/

Kevin & Karen Dance – The Live Tour 2018

Thursday 28 June 2018, 7.30pm, Sage One

Following a sensational sell-out debut tour last year, Strictly sweethearts Kevin and Karen Clifton are back in 2018 with a brand new show. Expect a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. It’s a high-energy performance filled with sassy tunes, heart-pounding choreography and sparkling costumes.

Kevin and Karen will dazzle audiences as they weave their own spellbinding style of ballroom magic. Backed by a supporting cast of dancers and a live 12-piece show band, Kevin and Karen’s most famous, edge-of-your-seat routines are brought to the stage propelled by passion.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/kevin-and-karen-dance-the-live-tour-2018/

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