- GemArts Masala Festival launches with an incredible collaboration between Wajahat Khan and Royal Northern Sinfonia
- The annual SummerTyne Americana Festival, with appearances from fantastic acts including:
- k.d. lang
- Kiefer Sutherland
- Sarah Darling
- Voices of Virtue with Smoove and special guest John Turrell
- Alvin Youngblood Hart
GemArts Masala Festival:
Wajahat Khan with Royal Northern Sinfonia
Sarod and Strings Ensemble
Monday 15 July, 7.30pm
- Bradley Creswick violin
- Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo violin
- James Slater viola
- Gemma Kost cello
- Tony Abell double bass
GemArts Masala Festival launches with an incredible collaboration and a special evening of music composed and performed by the internationally renowned Sarod maestro Ustad Wajahat Khan with a String Quintet from Royal Northern Sinfonia.
The first half of the concert will be a traditional Indian Classical performance with Shahbaz Hussain on tabla.
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July
Full festival details: https://sagegateshead.com/seasons/summertyne-americana-festival-2019/
Celebrating the finest American roots music, this feel-good festival brings together some legendary artists, a whole bunch of rising stars and the best of the next generation for a weekend long party.
k.d.lang – Ingénue Redux – 25th Anniversary Tour
Friday 19 July, 7.30pm
k.d. lang has won four GRAMMY® awards, eight Juno Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. In 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards, and last year, received the Alberta Order of Excellence Award.
She has appeared alongside such musical luminaries as Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Loretta Lynn, and Tony Bennett. “She’s the best singer of her generation,” observed Bennett, who has frequently toured with lang since their 2002 Wonderful World duets album.
Strictly Country feat. The Wandering Hearts, Lauren Alaina, Catherine McGrath & Eve Selis
Saturday 20 July, 7pm
Specially curated by SummerTyne Americana Festival, hear a selection of the best current country music from both sides of the pond.
After being personally invited to the US by music legend Marty Stuart, The Wandering Hearts became the first UK band to debut at two of the most prestigious venues in Nashville – The Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry.
This harmony-laden band return to SummerTyne after winning the coveted Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at the UK Americana Awards in 2018 and taking their debut album out on a sold-out tour.
Kiefer Sutherland plus Jesse Dayton
Sunday 21 July, 7.30pm
Kiefer Sutherland has been a professional actor for over thirty years, starring in movies like Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Young Guns, Flatliners, A Few Good Men, A Time to Kill, Dark City, Melancholia and most recently, a western called Forsaken, as well as the TV series 24.
In early 2015 Sutherland played music partner and best friend Jude Cole two songs he had written and wanted to record as demos for other artists to record. Cole responded positively to the songs and the album grew organically from those recordings. Two songs became four and four grew into six, until Cole suggested that they make a record. Their collaboration resulted in Kiefer Sutherland‘s debut album, Down In A Hole.
He followed his critically acclaimed 2016 debut by releasing the follow-up Reckless & Me. While country music is the beating heart of the album, its songs span wider Americana, encompassing folk, rock, blues and a whole lot more. They’re all connected by Sutherland’s love of sharing stories, whether by recounting snapshots of his own life or relating the experiences of others.
An Evening with Cowboy Junkies
Saturday 20 July, 7pm
Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Alan Anton (bassist).
At SummerTyne, the Cowboy Junkies play two sets from their 30+ year career, including music from their latest album, All That Reckoning, released on Proper Records.
The Long Ryders plus Hollie Rogers
Friday 19 July 7pm
The Long Ryders are widely regarded as one of the founders of alt-country, and a key link in the Americana chain. At Summertyne, they perform music from their back catalogue as well as from their first album in three decades, Psychedelic Country Soul.
Recorded at Dr. Dre’s studio in Los Angeles, the album reached number 1 in the UK Americana Chart on its release and was the number 1 seller on Amazon UK’s Alt-Country/Americana chart. Hear the power of an electric 12-string guitar when matched by punk energy as they play, in Sid Griffin’s own words, “our best album by miles, I mean without question”.
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory
Friday 19 July, 10.30pm
Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor.
Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic Big Mama’s Door, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world.
A devout follower of the no barriers approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late, great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.
Also available: Blues Guitar Workshop with Alvin Youngblood Hart
Saturday 20 July, 11.30am – https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/saf19-blues-guitar-workshop/
Marlon Williams plus Ida Mae
Sunday 21 July, 8pm
One of the most extraordinary and effortlessly distinctive voices in Americana, Marlon Williams’ affecting vibrato has drawn comparisons to Roy Orbison. He was recently seen paying tribute to the man himself alongside Bradley Cooper in Oscar-winning film A Star is Born.
His second album, Make Way For Love, draws on Williams’ own story and has seen him tour with artists such as Justin Townes Earle, The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen.
The Local Honeys plus Rachel Harrington
Saturday 20 July, 1pm
From the rolling hills of the Bluegrass and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Montana Hobbs and Linda Jean Stokley are two exceptionally talented young women who will be bringing the folk music of Kentucky to UK shores in 2019.
Having been the first women to graduate their state university’s degree programme in Traditional ‘Hillbilly’ Music, The Local Honeys have gone on to win various songwriting accolades, among them the ‘Chris Austin Songwriting Award’ from MerleFest.
Their debut album, Little Girls Actin’ Like Men, includes both traditional and original songs and showcases the Honeys’ ability to tear into hard-driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound and tell a damn good story.
Sarah Darling plus Twinnie
Sunday 21 July, 1pm
With more than 10 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music and 89 appearances at the Grand Ole Optry 89, Sarah Darling is fast becoming a star on both the UK and Nashville music scene.
Born and raised in Iowa and now living in Nashville, TN, Sarah Darling has become a fan favourite, noted for her “stunning ballads” and “angelic vocals.” Making waves with her own personal blend of US country with UK country and pop influences, Darling was nominated for 2017 International Artist of The Year by the British Country Music Awards.
Her hotly anticipated new album, Wonderland, was released in June.
Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir with Smoove plus special guest John Turrell
Sunday 21 July, 8pm
Promising to be one of THE gospel and funk shows of the year, a Staple Singers for the 21st century. Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir with Smoove with special guest John Turrell, a northern funk supergroup.
Featuring the sublime vocals of the Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir twinned with DJ set from Smoove playing the finest soul, funk and gospel backed by members of Smoove & Turrell and the maestro of soul himself Gateshead’s finest John Turrell.
The Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir are famous for their sold out 100% Soul shows. Their fans include Prince William and Sting whom they have performed for and alongside respectively.
Smoove and Turrell are regarded as the UK’s kings of northern funk. Their marriage with the queens of gospel is truly a match made in heaven. The combo’s version of A Little Help from my Friends is one of the most soulful cuts you will ever hear.
Cajun Roosters plus the John Lewis Rock’n’Roll Trio
Saturday 20 July, 8pm
The Cajun Roosters are a band specialising in the music of Soutwest Louisiana, deep in the South of the USA.
Fronted by Chris Hall, who has performed with Paul McCartney, Kate Bush and Bill Wylman and Hazel Scott, and whose lead vocals have garnered a reputation as one of the most authentic around.
Their repertoire includes not just Cajun and Zydeco music, but also Swamp Blues, Louisiana Rock ‘n Roll, Creole and New Orleans beats. They have also carved out a reputation as one of the most popular headline bands on the summer outdoor stage circuit winning over big audiences in city squares all over Europe many of whom have never heard Cajun or Zydeco music before!
River Cruise: Rachel Harrington and Massy Ferguson
Sunday 21 July, 12pm
All aboard HMS SummerTyne for a sail up the Tyne to the sea in the fantastic company of Rachel Harrington and Massy Ferguson.
For more than a dozen years, Massy Ferguson have proudly planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their own brand of amplified Americana along the way.
Based in Seattle, they’ve become international torchbearers of a sound that’s distinctly American, with a touring history that spans nine different countries.
Big Family Hoedown
Sunday 21 July, 1pm and 2.30pm
Howdy partners! Saddle up and ride on out for a rootin’ tootin’ Hoedown Party at Sage Gateshead.
Put on your denim, channel your inner cowboy and cowgirl, and kick up your heels for some jigs and reels. Yeehaw!
Spend the day seeing the best up-and-coming Americana talent from the North East and beyond, in association with Jumpin’ Hot Club and Americana Music Association.
Friday Free Stages – Friday 19 July, from 12pm
More information: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/friday-free-stages/
Saturday Free Stages – Saturday 20 July, from 12pm
More information: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/saturday-free-stages/
Sunday Free Stages- Sunday 21 July, from 12pm
More information: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/sunday-free-stages/