- Brit Award nominee Kamasi Washington
- Janina Fialkowska, the renowned pianist
- Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
Janina Fialkowska Pianist
Tuesday 21 May, 7pm, Sage Two
A concert, in aid of British Red Cross with pieces by Mozart, Fauré, Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy and Chopin.
Fialkowska was diagnosed with a rare cancer in her left arm in 2002 and, after gruelling treatment, made a triumphant return to the stage in 2004.
Fialkowska has performed all over the world and recently became the recipient of The Governor General of Canada’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music.
Tuesday 21 May, 7.30pm, Sage One
Kamasi Washington is a pioneering American jazz saxophonist and 2019 Brit Award nominee. Kamasi’s new album Heaven & Earth was voted #7 in The Guardian top 50 albums of the year 2018.
Kamasi Washington released his LP, The Epic, in 2015. The Next Step, a 172-minute odyssey featuring his 10-piece band was littered with elements of hip-hop, classical and R&B music, all major influences on the young saxophonist and bandleader, who exceeds any notions of what jazz music is.
The Epic won numerous awards, including the inaugural American Music Prize and the Gilles Peterson Worldwide album of the year.
Saturday 8 June, 8pm, Sage Two
Skipinnish encompasses the very best of contemporary Celtic music with a unique and sublime mix of chart-topping, self-penned songs and powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion-led tune sets. As a result, the band has built a loyal and strong fan base since its formation, by co-founders Andrew Stevenson and Angus MacPhail, on the Isle of Tiree in 1999.
It has evolved into an 8-piece that has been named Live Act of the Year on two occasions at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, and gained widespread recognition with the 2017 album, The Seventh Wave.
Skipinnish’s wonderfully evocative song writing coupled with the boundless energy of the live shows continues to captivate audiences throughout the UK and continental Europe
Folkworks: Andy May Trio
Saturday 30 November, 8pm, Sage Two
Three of the North East’s most sought after musicians – Andy May (Northumbrian pipes), Ian Stephenson (guitar) and Sophy Ball (fiddle) – join forces to create a compelling and energetic instrumental act.
Join them in their shared musical home, as heard on their CD About Time, with old tunes from Northumberland, new compositions, and captivating arrangements. Expect tradition and innovation in equal measure, along with an entertaining mixture of history lessons, silly stories and sparkly shoes.
Jez Lowe’s Ice Cold in Alnwick
Friday 27 December, 2pm & 8pm, Sage Two
A Northumbrian Christmas with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies.
Award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe will be joined by his intrepid touring band, so expect a musical feast of guitar, cittern, fretless bass, fiddle, melodeon, piano, whistles and their trademark harmony vocals!
The band once again invites special guest Benny Graham, actor and balladeer, to share the music, merriment and mirth of Christmas in the North-East. Part folk concert, part music-hall revue. Sing along, laugh along, and drive the cold winter away.