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Folk on the Tyne - Ray Laidlaw on the 40th anniversary of cult North East band Lindisfarne

Folk on the Tyne - Ray Laidlaw on the 40th anniversary of cult North East band Lindis

It's 40 years since Tyneside folk-rock legends Lindisfarne changed the face of music with their debut album Nicely Out of Tune. The original band - dubbed the Seventies' Beatles - line-up was: Alan Hull singer and guitarist, Ray 'Jacka' Jackson on harmonica and mandolin, Rod Clements on bass, Si Cowe on guitar and Ray Laidlaw on drums. They hit the big time with their No. 1 album Fog on the Tyne and Geordie yearning anthem Run for Home. Founder member Ray Laidlaw takes a trip down memory lane wi

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Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell calls the tune. She talks about her music, family and Sting

Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell calls the tune. She talks about her music, family

Celebrated Northumbrian composer Kathryn Tickell - who picked up Musician of the Year at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for the second time in ten years - talks about her music, her family and Sting. Read the archive interview and listen to her online talking about My Favourite Place - the song inspired by her mum. By Michael Hamilton Picture copyright Graham Oliver Kathryn steps off stage at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York after playing a sell-out show w

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Geordie Hairy Biker Si King reveals the stories behind the hit BBC food show

Geordie Hairy Biker Si King reveals the stories behind the hit BBC food show

King of the roadTelly stars Si King and Dave Myers have become firm UK favourites with their hilarious Hairy Bikers show. In an exclusive interview, Geordie Si reveals the stories behind the hit BBC TV series By Michael Hamilton Pictures courtesy of the Hairy Bikers Geordie Si King and Lancashire lad Dave Myers have been pals for more than 20 years. They original

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Our Friends in the North writer Peter Flannery talks about BBC TV's George Gently

Our Friends in the North writer Peter Flannery talks about BBC TV's George Gently

Our friend in the North Hit BBC detective series Inspector George Gently is set in Northumberland in the Sixties - and was actually born in the North East Exclusive interview by Michael Hamilton * Following this interview the good news is that the next series of George Gently is to be filmed in the North East Award-winning Geordie screenwriter Peter Flannery – who wrote the epic BBC drama Our Friends in the North in 1996 – was browsing in books

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Geordie Hairy Biker Si King reveals the stories behind the hit BBC telly show

Geordie Hairy Biker Si King reveals the stories behind the hit BBC telly show

King of the roadTelly stars Si King and Dave Myers have become firm UK favourites with their hilarious Hairy Bikers show. In an exclusive interview, Geordie Si reveals the stories behind the hit BBC TV series.  By Michael Hamilton Pictures courtesy of the Hairy Bikers Geordie Si King and Lancashire lad Dave Myers have been pals for more than 20 years. They originally met while working on TV and film sets – but in those days they were both firmly behind the scen

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Newcastle writer Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, on the phenomenal success of his stage play Pitmen Painters

Newcastle writer Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, on the phenomenal success of his

Portrait of a playwright Tyneside writer Lee Hall shot to fame with the 1999 hit movie Billy Elliot and adapted it for the stage in 2005, winning an award for best new musical. Now his latest award-winning play The Pitmen Painters is back touring in the North East.  Exclusive interview by Michael Hamilton MH: Tell me how The Pitmen Painters came about. Lee: It came about by accident in a way. I saw a copy of William Feaver’s book in a bookshop and thought that’s a

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