Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce an exciting and eclectic mix of shows going on sale today. Award-winning actress and performer Sheridan Smith kicks off her UK tour, showcasing her debut album, and alternative country and Americana act The Handsome Family present an evening of humour and great music.

Folkworks: String Sisters

Friday 19 January 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

Featuring six of the world’s top fiddlers and a peerless quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums, String Sisters blends   nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnm

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce an exciting and eclectic mix of shows going on sale today. Award-winning actress and performer Sheridan Smith kicks off her UK tour, showcasing her debut album, and alternative country and Americana act The Handsome Family present an evening of humour and great music.

Folkworks: String Sisters

Friday 19 January 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

Featuring six of the world’s top fiddlers and a peerless quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums, String Sisters blends Nordic and Celtic traditions into a glorious riot of all-encompassing sound. Formed at Celtic Connections in 2000 by Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald, the group has come back together on many special occasions, rewarding audiences each time with a concert to remember.

The band combines the very considerable talents of fiddlers Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Catriona Macdonald (Shetland), Emma Härdelin (Sweden), Liz Carroll (United States), Liz Knowles (United States), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Ireland) plus Tore Bruvoll (Norway) on guitar, Dave Milligan (Scotland) on piano, Conrad Molleson (Scotland) on bass and James Mackintosh (Scotland) on percussion.

String Sisters’s performances and recordings also feature the vocal talents of Emma Härdelin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Book Now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/string-sisters/

New Year New Artist: Paul Thomas Saunders + Harri Endersby

Friday 26 January 2018, 7.45pm, Sage Two

Sage Gateshead showcases rising stars of the future with New Year New Artists, a festival celebrating the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians from indie, folk, jazz and classical.

New Year New Artists takes over Sage Gateshead in January and is an opportunity to open your ears, support the artists of tomorrow and boast that you saw them here first.

The festival kicks off with two concerts on Friday night. In Sage Two, Paul Thomas Saunders brings his psychedelic soundscapes to Sage Gateshead for the first time. Supporting Paul is County Durham’s Harri Endersby. Growing up in the region’s thriving folk scene, Harri’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians.

Sage One will host two star soloists of tomorrow, Sindy Mohamed (viola) and Aaron Pilsan (piano) plus the winner of our Young Composers’ Competition. There’s also the chance to hear the three competition finalists and to vote for your favourite along with the jury.

Saturday afternoon brings an assortment of artists to Sage Two and Northern Rock Foundation Hall, including Swedish Grammy-nominated violist Ellen Nisbeth, vocalist Keertan Kaur Rehal, visionary and innovative trumpet player Tamás Pálfalvi, Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’ The Rheingans Sisters and prestigious ARD International Music Competition prize winner, percussionist Christoph Sietzen.

Book now: http://www.sagegateshead.com/tour-dates/new-year-new-artists

The Handsome Family

Friday 2 March 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

The Handsome Family, formed by husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, bring their unique brand of alternative country music to Sage Gateshead.

The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand, there’s been some blood drawn.

The Handsome Family continue to sell out venues worldwide that they couldn’t have filled before TV fame. Live, Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA).

Their shows are full of humour and chit-chat. The Sparks’ aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness. The invisible couple is also very happy to be seen.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/the-handsome-family47095/

Secret Sisters

Thursday 29 March 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

There are two ways of handling a dangerous, raging river: you can surrender and let it carry you away, or you can swim against the flow.

For The Secret Sisters, there was a point after the release of their last record when they could have chosen to do neither, instead, sinking to the bottom as the weight of the world washed away their dreams. They went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, filing bankruptcy and almost permanently trading harmonies for housecleaning.

But there’s a mythical pull to music that kept sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers moving forward, and they came out with a biting and beautiful third album, You Don’t Own Me Anymore.

It’s a document of hardship and redemption, of pushing forward when it would be so much easier to drown in grief.

Also, it’s a story about how passion and pure artistry can be the strongest sort of salvation. How art is left, like perfect grains of sand, when everything else has washed away.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/secret-sisters/

Sheridan In Concert

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7.30pm, Sage One

BAFTA and Olivier Award winning performer Sheridan Smith embarks on her debut UK tour, following the release of her brand new self-titled album, Sheridan.

Previously starring in Funny Girl and Legally Blonde, Sheridan is no stranger to the stage.

Award-winner Sheridan, who has previously performed in the region as part of her tour of Funny Girl, and will start her UK tour with a warm welcome at Sage Gateshead.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/sheridan-smith/

Callaghan Plus Jesse Terry

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

Originally from Lincolnshire, Callaghan moved to the USA in summer 2010 to record and tour with Grammy-Nominee Shawn Mullins. Since then she’s been performing and winning fans all across the USA.

Jesse Terry is a prolific, independent, New England based artist who left a writing gig at a Nashville publishing house to release his own albums and tour the world, frequently accompanied by his wife and their dog, Jackson Browne. Jesse’s profile has grown considerably over the years, performing at Bonnaroo, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, The Great Escape, AmericanaFest and many other festivals.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/callaghan/

Nordic and Celtic traditions into a glorious riot of all-encompassing sound. Formed at Celtic Connections in 2000 by Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald, the group has come back together on many special occasions, rewarding audiences each time with a concert to remember.

The band combines the very considerable talents of fiddlers Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Catriona Macdonald (Shetland), Emma Härdelin (Sweden), Liz Carroll (United States), Liz Knowles (United States), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Ireland) plus Tore Bruvoll (Norway) on guitar, Dave Milligan (Scotland) on piano, Conrad Molleson (Scotland) on bass and James Mackintosh (Scotland) on percussion.

String Sisters’s performances and recordings also feature the vocal talents of Emma Härdelin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Book Now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/string-sisters/

New Year New Artist: Paul Thomas Saunders + Harri Endersby

Friday 26 January 2018, 7.45pm, Sage Two

Sage Gateshead showcases rising stars of the future with New Year New Artists, a festival celebrating the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians from indie, folk, jazz and classical.

New Year New Artists takes over Sage Gateshead in January and is an opportunity to open your ears, support the artists of tomorrow and boast that you saw them here first.

The festival kicks off with two concerts on Friday night. In Sage Two, Paul Thomas Saunders brings his psychedelic soundscapes to Sage Gateshead for the first time. Supporting Paul is County Durham’s Harri Endersby. Growing up in the region’s thriving folk scene, Harri’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians.

Sage One will host two star soloists of tomorrow, Sindy Mohamed (viola) and Aaron Pilsan (piano) plus the winner of our Young Composers’ Competition. There’s also the chance to hear the three competition finalists and to vote for your favourite along with the jury.

Saturday afternoon brings an assortment of artists to Sage Two and Northern Rock Foundation Hall, including Swedish Grammy-nominated violist Ellen Nisbeth, vocalist Keertan Kaur Rehal, visionary and innovative trumpet player Tamás Pálfalvi, Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’ The Rheingans Sisters and prestigious ARD International Music Competition prize winner, percussionist Christoph Sietzen.

Book now: http://www.sagegateshead.com/tour-dates/new-year-new-artists

The Handsome Family

Friday 2 March 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

The Handsome Family, formed by husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, bring their unique brand of alternative country music to Sage Gateshead.

The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand, there’s been some blood drawn.

The Handsome Family continue to sell out venues worldwide that they couldn’t have filled before TV fame. Live, Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA).

Their shows are full of humour and chit-chat. The Sparks’ aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness. The invisible couple is also very happy to be seen.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/the-handsome-family47095/

Secret Sisters

Thursday 29 March 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

There are two ways of handling a dangerous, raging river: you can surrender and let it carry you away, or you can swim against the flow.

For The Secret Sisters, there was a point after the release of their last record when they could have chosen to do neither, instead, sinking to the bottom as the weight of the world washed away their dreams. They went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, filing bankruptcy and almost permanently trading harmonies for housecleaning.

But there’s a mythical pull to music that kept sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers moving forward, and they came out with a biting and beautiful third album, You Don’t Own Me Anymore.

It’s a document of hardship and redemption, of pushing forward when it would be so much easier to drown in grief.

Also, it’s a story about how passion and pure artistry can be the strongest sort of salvation. How art is left, like perfect grains of sand, when everything else has washed away.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/secret-sisters/

Sheridan In Concert

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7.30pm, Sage One

BAFTA and Olivier Award winning performer Sheridan Smith embarks on her debut UK tour, following the release of her brand new self-titled album, Sheridan.

Previously starring in Funny Girl and Legally Blonde, Sheridan is no stranger to the stage.

Award-winner Sheridan, who has previously performed in the region as part of her tour of Funny Girl, and will start her UK tour with a warm welcome at Sage Gateshead.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/sheridan-smith/

Callaghan Plus Jesse Terry

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 8pm, Sage Two

Originally from Lincolnshire, Callaghan moved to the USA in summer 2010 to record and tour with Grammy-Nominee Shawn Mullins. Since then she’s been performing and winning fans all across the USA.

Jesse Terry is a prolific, independent, New England based artist who left a writing gig at a Nashville publishing house to release his own albums and tour the world, frequently accompanied by his wife and their dog, Jackson Browne. Jesse’s profile has grown considerably over the years, performing at Bonnaroo, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, The Great Escape, AmericanaFest and many other festivals.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/callaghan/