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Sage Gateshead: on sale now!

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce some fantastic shows, which go on sale on Friday 20 April.

SummerTyne Americana Festival 2018 tickets go on sale, for the chance to see some of the best roots and Americana acts, including Graham Nash, Steve Earle, and Sarah Darling.

One of the most extraordinary, effortlessly distinctive voices of his generation, Marlon Williams, showcases his second album, Make Way For Love.

Aztec Camera founder Roddy Frame brings classic hits from his 30-year career, as well as new tracks from the album Seven Dials.

Folk favourites Lau follow up their acclaimed tour Decades with another stunning live show for 2018.

Get your tickets now at Sage Gateshead.

SummerTyne Americana Festival 2018

Friday 20 July – Sunday 22 July, Sage Gateshead

SummerTyne Americana Festival is an immensely popular weekend event that attracts visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music in and around the spectacular setting of Sage Gateshead, on the south bank of the river Tyne.

Acts announced so far include Graham Nash plus special guest Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Steve Earle, Holly Macve and Jade Bird (Double Bill), Sam Palladio, Striking Matches and Sarah Darling, Robert Vincent Music and Yola Carter (Double Bill), Iris DeMent plus support, Davina and The Vagabonds, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys plus Charley Crockett, and Kelly Willis plus Emily Barker (Double Bill).

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Marlon Williams

Sunday 29 July, 8pm, Sage Two

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams has one of the most extraordinary, effortlessly distinctive voices of his generation, something well known to fans of his first, self-titled solo album, and his captivating live shows. An otherworldly instrument with an affecting vibrato, it’s a voice that’s earned repeated comparisons to the great Roy Orbison, and even briefly had Williams, in his youth, consider a career in classical singing, before realising his temperament was more Stratocaster than Stradivarius.

But it’s the art of songwriting that has bedevilled the artist, and into which he has grown exponentially on his second album, Make Way For Love. It’s Marlon Williams like you’ve never heard him before, exploring new musical terrain and revealing himself in an unprecedented way, in the wake of a fractured relationship.

The record also moves Williams several paces away from “country”-the genre that’s been affixed to him more than any in recent years. Make Way For Love, with forays into cinematic strings, reverb, rollicking guitar and at least one quiet piano ballad, is a more expansive affair.

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Roddy Frame

Tuesday 30 October, 8pm, Sage Two

At seventeen, Roddy Frame and his band Aztec Camera debuted in Glasgow, where the unique acoustic sound of their debut album, High Land Hard Rain, was responsible for inspiring a whole generation of indie bands.

Aztec Camera´s career involved an array of intriguing collaborations – from recordings with legendary R&B producer Tommy Lipuma and Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to a duet with The Clash’s Mick Jones on Good Morning Britain.

In 2002, Frame released the solo album, Surf, a landmark album of new compositions recorded in single takes, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. The record was a massive critical success, with most reviews agreeing it was a seminal piece of work by a voice still underrated by the general public.

It was followed by a string of dates at Soho´s legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott´s and the acclaimed follow up album, Western Skies, in 2006.

Following a long hiatus, broken only by a warmly received tour of the UK in 2011, and by a sell-out string of prestigious shows in the UK to celebrate the 30th anniversary of High Land Hard Rain, Roddy was inspired to return to recording.

Seven Dials, the result, received a rapturous reception and Roddy celebrated it’s release with a UK and European tour. Since then Roddy has been writing and preparing to go back on the road.

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Folkworks: Lau

Wednesday 5 December, 8pm, Sage Two

Premiering at Edinburgh International Festival, at one of their now legendary self-curated Lau-Land events.

The new music was written in Shetland, and highlights the continuation of Lau’s experimental approach to folk music. With increasingly minimal arrangements in song form, which include the themes of togetherness and forgiveness.

Among the new songs is Scapa Flow 1919, written for the BBC Radio Ballads series around the experience of the stranded German sailors leading up to the scuttling of the Grand Fleet at the end of WW1.

As always with Lau, there’s plenty of progression on a purely sonic level too. Their new music continues to explore the marriage of acoustic and electronic sources and the arrangements continue down the path of intertwining instrumental music and song.

Lau is a trio that put a lot of thought into the live experience and presentation, something anyone who shared in their acclaimed Decade tour will know they have fresh theatrical ideas for the 2018-2019 tour.

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