Sage Gateshead welcomes folk, indie, world and prog-rock artists as part of its programme in week commencing 19 March.
Pillars of modern British folk Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman bring their award-winning sound to Sage Two on 21 March.
Scottish indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian come to Sage One on 22 March as part of their acclaimed European tour.
Prog-rock star Steven Wilson showcases tracks from his new album To The Bone in Sage One on 25 March
Arnab Chakrabarty and Talvin Singh present classical ragas on the sarod and the tabla in Sage Two on 25 March, as part of the Riverside Ragas season.
Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 19 March.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman plus support Sunjay
Wednesday 21 March, 8pm, Sage Two
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, in 2013 and 2016, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence” (fRoots Magazine), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.
Building upward from their last two highly praised albums Hidden People and Tomorrow Will Follow Today, fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.
With a story that includes more than 20 years of music making, with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award.
He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014, and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.
Belle & Sebastian Plus Special Guests
Thursday 22 March, 7.30pm, Sage One
Scottish indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian achieved critical acclaim and household name status following the release of their 1998 album The Boy with the Arab Strap.
Their tracks have been featured on many film and television soundtracks, including Teachers, The Devil Wears Prada, High Fidelity and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
The band have been nominated for both the Mercury Music Prize and an Ivor Novello Award, following the release of the album Dear Catastrophe Waitress in 2004, and was voted Scotland’s greatest band in a poll by online arts magazine The List in 2005.
Having recently wrapped up a North American tour that included Panorama and Osheaga Festivals, appearances at the legendary Hollywood Bowl and Merriweather Post Pavilion, and international headlines after leaving their drummer at a Walmart in North Dakota, the band has announced a run of headline UK and European tour dates, including Sage Gateshead.
Steven Wilson plus special guests
Sunday 25 March, 7pm, Sage One
Steven Wilson has released his expansive, brilliant fifth album, To The Bone, last summer and is now embarking a major UK tour.
A gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK’s biggest underground artist, To The Bonereceived positive reviews on its rlease, scoring 77 on review site Metacritic, and was praised by music magazines including Uncut, Rebel Noise and The Quietus.
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Riverside Ragas: Arnab Chakrabarty & Talvin Singh
Sunday 25 March, 7.15pm, Sage Two
Arnab Chakrabarty presents classical ragas on the sarod, accompanied on the tabla by Talvin Singh.
One of the most significant sarod players to have emerged on the Hindustani music scene in the recent decades, Arnab Chakrabarty is known for the distinctive sound and touch he has imparted to this traditional Indian instrument. He is also widely respected for his unwavering fidelity to the artistic values of the tradition.
Chakrabarty will present a two hour concert of raga music, preceded by a brief pre-concert talk and Q&A.
Talvin Singh has accompanied Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, G.S Sachdev, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pt. Ronu Majumdar, and has also celebrated his diversity in the field of music by collaborating with Sun Ra, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and Bjork. Singh’s Tablatronica sessions brought inspiration to a whole new generation of percussionists through his unconventional approach.
Talvin has always pushed the boundaries of Indian Music and yet has been focused and dedicated to the practice and art of tabla.