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North East Connected

Hopping Across The North East From Hub To Hub

New on sale Friday 11 October, Sage Gateshead

Highlights include:


  • Raw fire of Scottish music from one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups Blazin’ Fiddles
  • Climber Pete Whittaker shares stories from the edge in Solo & Free
  • Prog rock legends Yes present the 1974 album Relayer in its entirety together with other classic tracks
  • BAFTA award-winning star Jane McDonald, returns with her Let the Light In tour

Folkworks: Blazin’ Fiddles

Friday 28 February 2020, 8pm

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019, they have nine albums and many thousands of miles and behind them, yet a passion that burns brighter than ever. No other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, sensitivity and raw fire of Scottish music all at once.

With a ‘Blazers’ performance comes the unique opportunity to hear the regional expressions and diverse fiddle dialects from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each music. The four fiddle frontline of Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey are joined by guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, where fiddles and bows ignite in a blend of ensemble and solo sets.

Whether the hall is in a remote Highland village or London’s Royal Albert, this legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.

The band’s passion is gloriously infectious… a much loved staple on the Scots traditional scene for the past 20 years” Songlines

Book now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/folkworks-blazin-fiddles/

Presented by Speakers from the Edge

Pete Whittaker – Solo & Free

Monday 30 March 2020, 8pm

Join Pete Whittaker on a journey from the sub culture of underground crack climbing and onto the side of the world’s highest big walls. Let him take you from astronomical lactate pumping athletic feats to speed solos of the world’s biggest cliffs.

Driven by the challenge and the suffering, Pete looks to find that mythical point between the possible and impossible, by climbing not just one, but multiple big walls alone in less than 24 hours.

Book now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/pete-whittaker-solo-and-free/

Folkworks: Talisk

Sunday 17 May 2020, 8pm

In their five years together, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Mohsen Amini, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.

They have appeared at world-leading festivals, including the Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD UK, Celtic Colours, and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, and have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and music media have also lauded high credits on the trio.

The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, in October 2018, was met with a five-star Top of the World review in Songlines, praising the band as ‘incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky’.

Book now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/folkworks-talisk/

Yes – Relayer – The Album Series Tour 2020

Saturday 30 May, 8pm

Prog rock favourites Yes present their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic tracks.

This tour follows their 2018 highly successful anniversary tour and again features the line-up of Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals), Jon Davison (vocals) and Jay Schellen (additional drums and percussion).

The show will comprise two sets by the band with full production and a high definition video wall.  The first will feature favourite classic tracks from Yes’ extensive catalogue. The second will feature Relayer, the seventh studio album by Yes, and one of the band’s most distinctive. Relayer marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the album.

This was perfect for the opening track Gates Of Delirium, almost 22 minutes in length, with its battle scene featuring the keyboard of Moraz and Steve Howe’s guitar. The battle gives way to the beautiful closing ballad Soon, a prayer for peace and hope.

Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and the late, and much-missed, Chris Squire, Yes have been one of the most innovative, influential and best-loved bands in rock music history.

Book now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/yes-relayer/

Jane McDonald – Let the light in

Saturday 12 September, 7.30pm

Jane McDonald is back in 2020 with her brand new Let the Light In tour.

The BAFTA award-winning star always delivers phenomenal show along with her fantastic live band and backing singers.

With stunning production and a new line-up of songs, her Let the Light In tour promises to be the best one yet.

After her sell out tours of 2018 and 2019 you’ll need to book early to secure your seat for this fabulous evening of music and laughter

Book now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/jane-mcdonald/

By BNAdmin