Sage Gateshead welcomes some fantastic performers this weekend to delight audiences of all ages.

Legendary crooner Jack Jones brings his 80th birthday tour to Sage One on 6 February, performing all his classic hits.

The incredible Elkie Brooks brings a mix of powerful ballads, blues, and mesmerising vocals on 9 February.

Also on 9 February, Live Dead ’69, a supergroup of artists from Grateful Dead, RatDog and Jefferson Starship come together to perform two Grateful Dead live albums.

Families can end the week with the lovely Walrus and the Carpenter, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem, on 11 February.

Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 5 February.

Jack Jones – 80th Birthday Tour

Tuesday 6 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

Jack Jones lights up any stage, anytime, anywhere.

One of the world’s most loved international singing stars, Jack Jones still stands head and shoulders above his musical peers. He has sung all his life, has 60 albums to his credit, two Grammies and another five nominations, an Emmy, and awards too numerous to mention.

He is perhaps best known for his hit renditions of The Impossible DreamLollipops and Roses, What I Did For Love, The Race Is On, Lady, Call Me Irresponsible and The Loveboat theme, and now, at 80, he’s proving yet again just what took him to the top, and back touring his favourite country.

Come and join Jack to celebrate his 80th birthday. A show not to be missed.

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Kodo One Earth Tour 2018: Evolution

Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

Step into the world of Kodo, created by the past, the present, and the performers’ dedication to the future of taiko performing arts.

This production showcases the perpetual creative evolution of taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo, under the artistic direction of Tamasaburo Bando.

Following its premiere in August 2016 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as one of three Kodo 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts, this performance toured extensively throughout Japan.

The 2018 Europe tour will be the first time this work is presented abroad, sharing “Evolution” with audiences at theatres and concert halls throughout Europe.

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Transatlantic Sessions

Thursday 8 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

In April 2017, the Transatlantic Sessions crew embarked on their very first US tour, a total sell-out, including a headline slot at MerleFest.

Helmed as ever by its seasoned US and Scottish musical directors, 14-time Grammy-winning dobro master Jerry Douglas and iconic Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, 2018’s line-up features another carefully blended array of first-time and return guests.

Among the US contingent are long time country queen Suzy Bogguss, who recently celebrated 25 years since her platinum-selling breakthrough album Aces by re-recording it as Aces Redux, and Muscle Shoals duo The Secret Sisters, aka Lydia and Laura Rogers, who triumphantly overcame record-label tribulations with 2017’s You Don’t Own Me Anymore, showcasing their sublime, alchemical harmonies amid strains of Southern gospel, bluegrass and swing.

Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and producer Shawn Camp, revered for his work with Loretta Lynn, John Prine and Guy Clark alongside his solo output, also features in the Flatt and Scruggs-inspired supergroup Earls of Leicester.

A similarly stellar Celtic team includes multi-award-winning Dubliner Daoirí Farrell,”, and North Uist native Julie Fowlis, whose stunning new album Alterum sees the groundbreaking Gaelic singer forging her own transatlantic connections, with its guests including Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Providing the singers with ultimate dream-team accompaniment, together with resplendent instrumental sets, are regular house-band luminaries Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker, Donald Shaw and James Mackintosh.

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Elkie Brooks – Live in Concert

Friday 9 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised.

Elkie will be performing her biggest hits, including Pearl’s A Singer, Lilac Wine, Fool (If You think It’s Over), Don’t Cry Out Loud and No More The Fool, as well as many more, as featured on her recent hit album Elkie Brooks – Pearls – The Very Best Of.

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Live Dead 69 plus Special Guest

Friday 9 February, 8pm, Sage Two

The all-star band performs Live Dead and Skull & Roses, the first 2 live Grateful Dead albums in their entirety.

Live Dead ’69 have announced engagements for their triumphant UK return and the ensemble are set to expand their concept and repertoire for their 2018 tour. Their previous shows have assumed a certain mythology amongst UK Deadheads, with the finale at London’s much regarded Under The Bridge concert venue selling out and video of the performance has been widely circulated online.

The supergroup is comprised of original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten, who played all the keyboards on the original Live Dead recording, Mark Karan, lead guitarist with RatDog and The Other Ones, and Slick Aguilar, UK drummer Richard Newman, and UK multi-instrumentalist Tony Morley of Jefferson Starship. All are fan favourites, especially in the UK.

Live Dead ’69 will perform the first two live Grateful Dead albums in their entirety, with assorted other selections and truckload of improvisation. Their unique familiarity with Grateful Dead’s halcyon material implies an improvisational prowess that shall be on full display.

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Schubert’s Great!

Saturday 10 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

  • Thomas Zehetmair conductor
  • Steven Hudson oboe
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Webern Symphony
  • C P E Bach Oboe Concerto in B flat
  • Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No.5
  • Schubert Symphony No.9 ‘The Great’

Bookending CPE Bach’s gallant concerto and Mahler’s audience favourite, this programme showcases two very different approaches to symphonic form.

Webern’s short two movement work presents the symphony at its most concentrated, while Schubert’s majestic The Great is his most expansive, and a prime example of the composer’s famous ‘heavenly length’.

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The Walrus and The Carpenter

Saturday 10 February, 11.30am and 3pm, Sage Two

Aimed at 5-11 years

The time has come to join the Walrus and the Carpenter, with some eager Oysters, on their hunt for a gourmet picnic spot!

These comical characters, along with a capricious Maid with Mop, make entertaining company for all ages.

This musical show, based around Lewis Carroll’s famous poem from Alice Through The Looking Glass, is set to accompaniment on the accordion and features a large weepy walrus puppet and his lugubrious chippy companion, following a cameo appearance from Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Expect hilarity, eye-watering recitation, song and slapstick from Theatrerotto in a salty combination of theatre and haute cuisine.

There are workshops that can be booked in addition to the show:

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Lee Paul and The Wild Ones plus The Firelight Opera and Simon James

Saturday 10 February, 8pm, Sage Two

Lee Paul is a singer/songwriter from Gateshead who started singing at an early age and then went on to study music.

Lee has played with some great musicians at some great venues over the years from both the UK and USA and, on this visit to Sage Gateshead, he will be joined by his amazing band, The Wild Ones.

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