- •Sapien Records Ltd celebrates 10 years of supporting musicians through the music industry with Sapien Fest
- •One of Ireland’s favourite national treasures, Daniel O’Donnell
- •Royal favourite and classical music sweetheart, Katherine Jenkins
- •Ruth Patterson launches her tenure as a Sage Gateshead Artist in Residence
Saturday 30 May, 8pm
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Paul Edis performs a solo set of new songs and compositions using looping and electronics to create memorable melodies and tell stories. He will be joined by guests, including Northumbrian piper Andy May, in this special concert to mark the end of Paul’s year as an Artist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Francis Tulip and Ben Lawrence
Both prodigiously talented young musicians from the North East, Tulip (guitar) and Lawrence (piano) met when they started performing together as teenagers in Jambone and the Early Bird Band. They have been playing together ever since in various different groups at venues across the region and beyond. For this set, the duo will play a mix of contemporary jazz and original compositions rooted in the jazz tradition.
Thursday 25 June, 8pm
Since the age of 19, Ruth Patterson has been building a name for herself on the UK and international music scene as the front-woman of alt-folk/rock band, Holy Moly & The Crackers.
This year sees Ruth strike out on her own, with her emotive self-penned meditations on loss, empowerment and empathy, that comes from living and working with chronic illness. The songs have a fragile yet powerful lyricism and are offered up on a bed of lush piano and soaring strings and delivered with heart-breaking honesty.
She is a regular activist and speaker for the charity Attitude Is Everything, which help disabled fans and artists in the music industry and is an Artist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Join Ruth for the launch of her solo project in this evening of performance along with a Q&A.
Sapien Records 10th Anniversary
Saturday 26 September, various times
Sapien Records Ltd will celebrate 10 years of supporting musicians through the music industry with Sapien Fest, a festival featuring an eclectic mix of regional and national bands involved with the Durham-based record label.
The label’s ambition is to reach new audiences, enticing music lovers to try something new at Sapien Fest, a milestone festival bringing an eclectic mix of rock, pop, folk, brass and rap artists to the most iconic music institution in the North East.
Artists performing at Sage Gateshead include:
- DENNIS: Hetton pit-pop folk rock and brass band, Glastonbury Festival performers featuring the award-winning Houghton Area Youth Brass Band,
- Rider: London pop songstress, featured on BBC Strictly Come Dancing, Disney movies, radio and TV. Her self-produced hits available across all stream service.
- Big Lad: London grindcore laptop electronica and live drums duo, Bangface Weekender favourites
- Soeur: Bristol grunge-heavy pop trio frequented via BBC Radio 1 Rock Show
- Tankengine: Newcastle ex- Yourcodenameis:milo, performing at ArcTanGent Festival 2020
- Dunes: Newcastle alt stoner-rock trio, performing at Desert Rock Festival 2020
- Faithful Johannes: Durham barely-rap and minimalist instrumentalist featured on BBC 6 Music
- Scott Michael Cavagan: Newcastle pop rock, debut album features The 1975 John Waugh, Stranglers Baz Warne, Venom Jeff Dunn
- Steve Strong: Bristol triphop one-man band of beats, tapped guitar and textural melodies
- Waheela: Newcastle drone doom-metal
- Kylver: Progressive Music Awards ‘Best Newcomer’ nominees, Newcastle
Tuesday 6 October, 7.30pm
The affable and unassuming international singing star Daniel O’Donnell, one of Ireland’s best-known performers from Australia to Alaska, has continued to push the boundaries of his career both on stage and TV.
Daniel’s remarkable career has moved to a new level with his success as a TV presenter, just another facet to his ever-expanding list of entertainment achievements.
He is the only artist in the world to score a hit in the UK album charts every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 32-year span and in doing so, he has outshone everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to U2 and the Rolling Stones.
In total, Daniel has reached the UK artist albums chart with almost 40 albums and has now amassed 35 top 30 albums over the course of his career. Daniel has also achieved eight number one hits in the UK music video/DVD charts over that period.
He makes regular appearances in the Billboard world music chart, received an honorary MBE from Queen Elizabeth, appeared on Top of the Pops, had his life celebrated on This Is Your Life and received multiple Entertainer of the Year/Person of the Year Awards in Ireland and the UK – to mention but a few of the many accolades.
Mark Kingswood in Concert
Tuesday 13 October, 8pm
Mark’s unique talent lies in forming elegant and classy songs, reminiscent of Sinatra and The Rat Pack, while also injecting a 21st century tone and lyricism redefining what it means to be a modern-day crooner.
Mark is more than an interpreter of the classics, as a writer and producer he is building upon the magnificent foundation of those who have come before him through his ambitious and wholly original compositions. It’s little wonder Mark has rapidly become a rising star.
Mark will perform with four live musicians.
Thursday 15 October, 8pm
Seven-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including three times for Best Original Song and Folk Singer of the Year 2018, Karine Polwart is a songwriter, musician, theatre maker, author.
She also performs traditional songs and writes for theatre, film, animation, and international thematic collaborative projects.
Recent projects include her successful Scottish Songbook, re-imaginings of classic Scottish pop, and The Lost Words: Spell Songs, a multi-artist response to environmental loss and climate breakdown.
Monday 2 November, 8pm
British rock icons Uriah Heep are thrilled to announce an extensive UK tour in November 2020, including a date at Sage Gateshead, to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
Uriah Heep’s longevity is a testament to the band’s excellent music, prolific song-writing and tireless efforts.
The mighty Heep are cut from the same cloth of legends; their career spans over 50 years and it has been a roller coaster – 25 studio albums, 21 official live albums, more than 45 million albums sold worldwide and in excess of 4000 shows performed across 60 countries.
From the aptly titled 1970 debut album, Very ‘Eavy… Very ‘Umble, through to their last magnificent studio record Living The Dream and DVD extravaganza Live at KOKO, London, Uriah Heep have always produced high quality hard rock blended with stunning melodies and intricate harmonies.
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees – Salutation Road 30th Anniversary Tour
Saturday 28 November, 8pm
Martin Stephenson and the Daintees set out on a nationwide tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic album Salutation Road. Released in May 1990, the album, like it’s predecessors, was warmly received by the UK music press:-
Featuring the anti-Thatcher single Left Us To Burn and Daintees classics Spoke In The Wheel and We Are Storm, the release of Salutation Road was accompanied by some joyous live gigs that still bring back treasured memories for those who attended.
Martin and the band will be performing the album in its entirety and no doubt veering off on delightful tangents before, during and after.
Thursday 4 February, 7pm
Cherished as one of Britain’s all-time favourite singers, in 2017 Katherine was officially crowned the number one-selling classical music artist of the last 25 years by Classic FM, and made chart history when her last album, Guiding Light, became her 13th UK classical number one album, further cementing Katherine’s position as the world’s most prolific artist in UK classical chart history.
As one of the UK’s greatest musical exports, multi-award winning Katherine has performed all over the world, for the Pope, for presidents and is a favourite of the Royal Family, having been invited to sing God Save The Queen at Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, perform at Her Majesty’s Coronation Concerts at Buckingham Palace and by special request at Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.
She has embarked upon numerous sold out tours and duetted with such names as Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazon, and Il Divo, amongst others.
Katherine was awarded an OBE at the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for her services to music and charity and wowed audiences and critics alike with her stellar performance as Julie Jordan in Lonny Price’s semi-staged production of Carousel at the London Coliseum in 2017.
Tommy Emmanuel plus special guest Jerry Douglas
Thursday 11 March 2021, 8pm
If you like guitar playing, it simply doesn’t get any better than Tommy Emmanuel.
Tommy has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes, or at least they would if he was the kind of artist who was ever satisfied. At the age of six, he was touring regional Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a Certified Guitar Player by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins.
Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. While thousands of fans have spent years trying to unpack and imitate Tommy’s technique, for him it’s just the delivery system. His approach is always song and emotion first, his music the embodiment of his soulful spirit, sense of hope and his love for entertaining.
All the while, Tommy has hungered for what’s next. When you’re widely acknowledged as the international master of the solo acoustic guitar you are in demand – which has led to collaborations with some of the finest singers, songwriters and, yes, guitarists alive today – a list including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.
Special guest for the tour is Jerry Douglas, a winner of multiple GRAMMY awards and a fantastically versatile and inventive instrumentalist. His unique bluegrass style secures his status as an American musician. Although famed for his part in numerous different acts, it is as a soloist that he stands out as a true visionary.