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Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson and The Daintees Sage Gateshead 3 May 2014       It’s always a joy to see modern-day troubadour Martin Stephenson in concert, and even more so on his home turf in the North East with the latest incarnation of his decades-old band The Daintees. The blend of great songs, impressive musicianship, tall tales and banter with the audience is a potent mix and one that has served the folk tradition well down the centuries. But you can’t really classify St

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Janis Ian and Tom Paxton

Janis Ian and Tom Paxton

When you bump into someone at The Sage you never know if they’re going to the same gig as you. Last year I saw virtually all the superannuated hippies I know one night but, while most were going into Hall One to see Richard Thompson, some – including me – swayed to Hall Two to see the great Gretchen Peters. So when I ran into ‘Horrible Histories’ author Terry Deary I quickly enquired, ‘Are you going to see Janis Ian?’.  ‘No’ replied the man behind the Rotten Romans & Vile Victorians, ‘I’m goin

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The Pillowman

Newcastle University Theatre Society 4-6 March 2014 Northern Stage   Let’s get straight to the point: this was the best theatre production I’ve been to in ages. The performances of Dan Lockett (as Katurian) and Ruaidrhi Johnston (as Michal) were immense. The Pillowman is a disturbing black comedy that earned The Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2004, amongst a host of accolades it collected for Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. The main character, Katurian, is a writer und

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Sunday for Sammy 2014

Sunday for Sammy 2014

Comic Brendan steals Sammy show   By Michael Hamilton   Never share the bill with North East comedian Brendan Healy – he is a show-stealer extraordinaire.   And so it proved at this year’s Sunday for Sammy (SFS)– that biennial get-together of the region’s showbiz glitterati who put on a variety bash to raise funds to nurture the next generation of performing arts talent.   The line-up of stars at Newcastle City Hall was impressive with a cast comprising: Tim Healy,

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Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega

The Sage Gateshead, 2 February   Suzanne Vega retains a loyal following, and Hall One of the Sage was almost full on the eve the release of what is only her second album since 2001. Entitled ‘Tales From The Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’ – reference to a deck of tarot cards, she explained – the New Yorker performed six tracks from the new album in a set of barely an hour, although she did return for a three-song encore. Backed only by guitarist Gerry Leonard, it appeared ini

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Ray Jackson’s Lindisfarne

Ray Jackson’s Lindisfarne

Newcastle City Hall 22 December 2013 Ray Jackson picture © Rik Walton  Generations of music lovers were appalled at the prospect of Newcastle’s City Hall closing down as part of the city council’s cost-cutting drive – not least of them Ray Jackson. Lindisfarne’s legendary mandolin and harmonica player and co-frontman from the original line-up decided to take action. He assembled a team of crack musicians to perform three Christmas shows of the band’s output from its Seventies heyday

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Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

The Sage Gateshead Thirty years on from visiting Newcastle to busk outside The Tube, Billy Bragg has thankfully made it indoors on the opposite side of the Tyne at a sold-out Sage.  In contrast to those early solo days with speakers and amp strapped to his back, he was backed by a four-piece band at least one of whom wasn’t born when Bragg’s debut (vinyl) album “Life’s A Riot With Spy vs Spy”appeared in 1983. Sporting what he described as “a radical Kenny Rogers look”, the bearded bard played

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Mott the Hoople

Mott the Hoople

Newcastle City Hall 16 November   Forty years to the week since they last played the City Hall, this was the middle night of a five-date reunion tour by a band at their peak in the early ‘70s, a time when their previous appearance at the same venue was marked by them having Queen as support. With a packed audience standing from start to finish, the crowd were determined to roll away the years. Missing only drummer Dale Griffin from the original five-man line-up, a band who spli

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Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd

Sage Gateshead   12 November   I’ve never really been one for tribute bands, but figuring I’m never going to see Pink Floyd now I went along to see Brit Floyd. Hall One of The Sage was full, and though I was near the back I still had a great view, whereas if I ever did see Pink Floyd it would probably be in the sort of venue where you end up watching the big screens so far away you might as well watch it on the telly anyway! There

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Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

Sage Gateshead 9 November   Normally the tone of a concert is set at the start so, with bow-tied musicians playing mellifluously against a backdrop of jazz age scenes to kick off proceedings, a mellow evening looked likely to follow. Certainly Ferry's excellent mini-orchestra – who expertly played an array of instruments including piano, sax, trumpet, trombone and clarinet – provided the perfect backing for the man himself who was in full lounge-lizard mode, wearing a floral s

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The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Ian Shaw and Claire Martin The Sage Gateshead 9 November   While Bryan Ferry impressed in Hall One (see review), at the same time Hall Two brought together pianist Ian Shaw and jazz singer Claire Martin for an evening celebrating the songs of Joni Mitchell in the week the Canadian singer-songwriter turned 70. Starting with the title track of my favourite Joni album, Blue, Shaw and Martin skilfully segued into Blue Motel Room from Hejira. Throughout an enjoyable evening the du

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Travis

Travis

The Sage Gateshead 23 October 2013   Back after several years taken off to raise young families, Travis’s front-man Fran Healy remarked: “The Sage at Gateshead seems a bit of an odd place to have a rock concert.” The near-sell-out crowd did not agree and welcomed the band enthusiastically, keen to sing along with many of their classic hits including ‘Driftwood, ‘Closer,’ ‘Turn’ and ‘Sing.’ Material from their new album ‘Where You Stand’ was also received warmly. There was no a

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH   The Sage, Hall One Tuesday October 15th.      Seeing a band who starred at Woodstock may seem like a night for nostalgia buffs but while the classic material is considered ‘classic’ for a reason there was plenty of high quality new stuff too, ‘New songs – stops us from being The Eagles’ quipped Graham Nash. Described by David Crosby as ‘My favourite song in the set’ ‘Burning for the Buddah’ was a new piece that amply illustrated CSN

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Laura Marling

The Sage Gateshead 29 September   Twenty-three-year-old Laura Marling is a bright young thing. Already the winner of a Brit Award for Best Solo Female Artist in 2011 and nominated for the same accolade a year later she has just secured her third Mercury Prize, this time for her latest album, ‘Once I was an Eagle.’ She sells her vulnerability. Just her, two acoustic guitars and a mic on a stage you never realised was so huge until you walked into the auditorium and see it laid as bare as Mar

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Wet House

Wet House

By Paddy Campbell Live Theatre, Newcastle 19 September     Paddy Campbell’s first full-length play is set in a hostel for homeless alcoholics, a place apparently known as a ‘Wet House.’ Campbell has an inside track on this, having once worked in such an establishment. Given his explanation in the programme that he’d studied sculpture at university, there seems to be something of the playwright in Andy (Riley Jones), the fresh-out-of-uni character whose new job at the ‘Wet House’

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Andy Fraser Band

Andy Fraser Band

Andy Fraser Band, Park Hotel Tynemouth Andy Fraser was always cool. At 15 he was on the road in Europe playing bass professionally with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The same year in 1968 he co-founded the brilliant Free, with our own Teessider Paul Rodgers, who went on to become one of the biggest blues bands of the Seventies. He co-penned with Rodgers their biggest hit – the anthemic 1971 classic Alright Now.  Some 46 years after his debut with Mayall, he is still cool. He looked in great

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Some Like it Hotter

The Customs House, South Shields 5 July   Going to a fantasy comedy billed as not based on (nor a stage version of) the classic film Some Like It Hot you wonder whether you are going to a dud. Sometimes though you find you are witnessing a gem and this was the best night I’ve had at the theatre for a period measured in years not months. The gist is that the stars of Some Like It Hot are dead – but still working. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are in a half-way hou

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Lucinda Williams

The Sage Gateshead 25 June  Lucinda Williams is an acquired taste. With her music a fusion of country, rock and folk, she has enjoyed more critical acclaim than commercial success – certainly when you consider her classic 1998 album ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ for which she won one of her three Grammys peaked at No 155 in the UK charts.  She played six of that album’s 13 songs which was hardly surprising given that most of the evening was devoted to requests. Backed by the exce

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Steve Earle and The Dukes

Steve Earle and The Dukes

Steve Earle and The Dukes The Sage Gateshead 23 May 2013   Steve Earle has earned the right to sing the blues after a career in the turbulent music business that has spanned close to three decades and a turbulent life to match. He’s been dubbed the godfather of the alternative country scene, but that is selling the breadth of his work – with its myriad influences such as folk, rock, bluegrass and Celtic sounds – somewhat short. He has just released a new album, The Low Highway, whic

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Sunderland Soundscape

Sunderland Soundscape 20 April Sunderland’s thriving local music scene saw 14 venues – including sweet shops as well as cafes and bars – throw open their doors to a smorgasbord of young musicians. Many of the performers served teas and coffees as part of their day jobs before later popping up on stage. On a beautiful spring day it was a feast of delights as the musical menu was as wide as anything the venues had to offer. I started in Lush where Morris Ford sat in a corner hidden under his h

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Stars shine for Sir Bobby Robson

Stars shine for Sir Bobby Robson

Stars shine for Bobby’s birthday By Michael Hamilton Picture by Tim Cleasby A galaxy of stars staged a spectacular night of music, nostalgia and laughter at the Sage Gateshead to celebrate what would have been Sir Bobby Robson’s 80th birthday. There were tears and laughter aplenty on an emotional rollercoaster of a night as his favourite performers came together to celebrate his life with song, interview and speech, as his widow Lady Elsie proudly watched with her sons. Opera star Russell

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Jim Moray

Jim Moray

  Jim Moray, Famous Flower Folk Club Whitby Although Jim Moray has been around for the best part of 10 years I have to confess I only discovered him by accident when I caught him at a tribute to Seventies folk legend Nic Jones at Cecil Sharp House in London on September 22. They say the best things are worth waiting for and he was simply outstanding - indelible proof that the Jones legacy of original craftsmanship in the English folk tradition lives on. He performed a handful of moving balla

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Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Picture by Bill Cooper Swan Lake, Newcastle Theatre Royal, 16 March 2010   Animal magnetism Exhilarating. Mesmerising. I want to see it again tomorrow. Not my words, but snippets of conversations overheard from fellow audience members after a barnstorming Swan Lake. This is the production choreographed by Matthew Bourne which replaces the traditional female swans with male dancers (and which featured as the climax of the film Billy Elliott). More modern dance theatre than classical ballet

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Be My Baby

Be My Baby

Be My Baby – Gala Theatre, Durham  It wasn’t all bra-burning, free love and the Pill in the 1960s. Liberation just wasn’t on the agenda for many pregnant unmarried girls who were packed off to institutions to give birth away from society’s prying eyes – with babies immediately taken away for adoption whether the mother liked it or not.  The physical and psychological fall-out of this practice is explored in Be My Baby, a stark play by Amanda Whittington. In this production di

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Chris Rea

Chris Rea

Chris Rea, Newcastle City Hall Chris Rea – probably more than any other modern-day musician – is eminently qualified to sing the blues. After a life-or-death operation seven years ago, which has left him a shadow of his former self, the Teesside star has fought back to full touring fitness. It’s a remarkable story for 57-year-old Chris. And at Newcastle City Hall – his hallowed venue – he gave a masterclass in blues guitar playing. He hardly said a word for the first hour of his two-hou

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Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, The Sage Gateshead Sunday April13 Shetland-born virtuoso fiddle player Aly Bain and piano accordion maestro Phil Cunningham have been leading lights in Scottish traditional music for a lifetime.   The duo have toured and recorded together since 1988 and Phil has worked with musical luminaries such as James Taylor and our own North East local hero Mark Knopfler.   So it seemed somehow fitting as they played the last night of their current tour

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Monty Don

Monty Don

Monty Don Gala Theatre, Durham 26 April 2014     The Gala Theatre was packed to the rafters for this talk by television’s face of gardening, Monty Don. Strolling onto stage looking like he’d just left his Longmeadow garden at his home in Herefordshire that serves as the backdrop to his Gardeners’ World programmes, Monty instantly put everyone at ease. With a voice that could soothe teething babies he addresses a capacity audience as if he’s talking just to you as an individual

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Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson Live Theatre, Newcastle 21 May 2014   Eliza Gilkyson from Austin, Texas, played to a select audience of around 70 in the top floor studio space at Live Theatre, whose main auditorium simultaneously played host to up-and-coming local comedians. I suppose it was what you call an intimate gig. Accompanied by Jim Henry on guitar and mandolin, Gilkyson used the first of two hour-long sets to showcase songs from the two albums she’s released since her last vi

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Evolution Emerging

Evolution Emerging

Evolution Emerging Various venues, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle 24 May   Forty artists across nine venues on a single evening left those with an interest in up-and-coming musicians with a vast array of choices – and all for a £3 entry fee. As a couple in our mid-50s being guided by a son in his late 20s we started at The Cluny with Crooked Hands, whose blend of high-pitched pop got the night off to a good start. Then we walked to The Cumberland Arms where we caught the last

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The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks

Sage Gateshead 19 July 2014 Having reconvened to promote a trio of album reissues, alt-country rockers The Jayhawks visited Tyneside as part of the annual Summertyne Americana weekend – when a large influx of musicians temporarily turn this part of Gateshead into the 51st State of the USA. With backing from his 1997 touring band, Jayhawks main man Gary Louris concentrated on songs from that year’s release “The Sound of Lies”, 2000’s follow-up “Smile” and “Rainy Day Music”from 2003 – with occasional

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Booker T Jones

Booker T Jones

Sage Gateshead20 July Closing off the ninth annual Sage Summertyne weekend, Booker T Jones arrived on stage to a warm welcome looking suitably dapper – and with minimum fuss, got straight down to business at the keyboard of his mighty Hammond B3 Organ, fittingly raised off the stage on a pedestal. Opening a 12-song set with one of seven instrumentals, Jones reached back into his MG’s songbook for “Hip Hug-Her” – a 1967 album track given a contemporary touch by his rapping drummer. And what

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Bettye Lavette

Bettye Lavette

Sage Gateshead20 July Let’s get the major question out of the way first – yes, she can still sing. The worry when spending time in the presence of a “living legend” is that time hasn’t been kind and 50 years of singing has taken its toll – look no further than Smokey Robinson’s “performance” on a recent TV special from Edinburgh – a convincing argument for rebuilding Hadrian’s Wall…. In Bettye’s case, a rather less-than-convincing appearance on “Later” a couple of years ago didn’t inspire confidenc

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Summertyne at Sage Gateshead

Summertyne at Sage Gateshead

The Jayhawks Bettye Lavette Booker T The Jayhawks Having reconvened to promote a trio of album reissues, alt-country rockers The Jayhawks visited Tyneside as part of the annual Summertyne Americana weekend – when a large influx of musicians temporarily turn this part of Gateshead into the 51st State of the USA. With backing from his 1997 touring band, Jayhawks main man Gary Louris concentrated on songs from that year’s release “The Sound of Lies”, 2000’s follow-up

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Split Festival

Split Festival

Mowbray Park, Sunderland 9-10 August The North East’s thriving music scene was superbly showcased at Sunderland’s Split Festival which goes from strength to strength and this year took place at Mowbray Park. Saturday’s line up was headlined by Dizzee Rascal, who by all accounts was superb, while for me the highlight would doubtless have been the always brilliant Lake Poets. It was Sunday I was able to attend however. This was a good choice musically but an awful one weather-wise, with rai

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I left my heart in Roker Park

I left my heart in Roker Park

I left my heart at Roker Park…and extra time at the Stadium of Light By Tom Kelly Customs House, South Shields, Washington Arts Centre and Gala Theatre Durham 19 September 2014   This one-man show is a tour de force. Written by Jarrow-born Tom Kelly in 1997, and first performed in 1997 as Sunderland AFC’s home of 99 years was demolished, this play has now been updated and revived for the first time since 2004. Paul Dunn plays Kevin Halliday whose life – with its ups and

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire A National Theatre Live Young Vic production, broadcast live Empire Cinema, Sunderland 17 September     Loads of people love the cinema. I’m not one of them. No, I haven’t seen Star Wars, The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather or any number of movies people tell me I should see. I’m with Holden Caulfield – to me the pictures are phoney. Okay, I like The Jungle Book and Toy Story, but film is simply not my medium. On the other hand I adore the theat

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The Lion King

The Lion King

Sunderland Empire 24 October   The old stage adage of never working with children or animals is totally ignored in this spectacular staging of The Lion King – even if this tale of lion cubs has neither real animals nor children. The show has been packing them in. I attended a performance at the end of the fifth of seven weeks and there wasn’t a spare seat to be had, with even the often closed-off fourth tier Gallery in use. The show begins with a vast collection of ‘anima

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Matthew Bourne Ballet Theatre Royal, Newcastle 7 November   Seeing a Matthew Bourne ballet is like choosing a chocolate without looking at the box. You might get a hazelnut cluster (my favourite) or a coffee (does anyone like them?) but whatever materialises it will be a surprise. Tickets weren’t cheap, and four people from my row didn’t reappear after the 48-minute first act so clearly some of the audience felt they’d chosen the coffee. Bourne’s ballets break with the e

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Abbamania

Abbamania

Sunderland Empire Theatre 9 January I thought I’d take a chance on Abbamania at the Empire. By the interval I was sending an SOS, as this was a show that appeared to me to be merely going through the motions. Thankfully it improved in the second half, and by the time we were saying ‘Thank you for the music’ in the encore I have to say I’d enjoyed it. The two girls in the production were the dancing queens of the performance – although the audience had a good go too and needed no prompting

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Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren

Image by Jo Lopez The Sage Gateshead 23 January 2015   Best known for being a key member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for the last three decades, guitarist Nils Lofgren also previously worked with Neil Young. His tour T-shirts proclaimed ‘ Touring since 1968’ and Lofgren recalled his first appearance on Tyneside in 1973 during Young’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ Tour. On that occasion the perennially awkward Young ignored his two previous mega-selling albums to play ‘Tonight’s the

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Yes Prime Minister

Yes Prime Minister

By Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn The People’s Theatre 23 April With a general election around the corner (in case you hadn’t noticed), this was a well timed and suitably updated production based on the classic TV series. Scripts from the show were razor sharp and this one was no different. Lengthy, rapid-fire ‘Sir Humphrey’ speeches encapsulating how bureaucratic language can be employed to confuse rather than communicate, take some learning, let alone delivering. On TV a slip-up can si

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Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel

Sage Gateshead 23 September “I used to think a century was a long time, but some of these songs are half a century old,” commented Art Garfunkel. In fact he did as much talking as singing in a 90-minute performance before a most reverent audience at The Sage.  Garfunkel’s pure voice provided the perfect conduit for many of Paul Simon’s classic songs during the heyday of Simon and Garfunkel, but cruelly Art suffered serious voice paralysis four years ago and feels he is now la

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The Duke in the Cupboard

The Duke in the Cupboard

By Susan Wear   The Customs House, South Shields 7 October   A six-strong cast, powerfully led by Graham Overton, more than did justice to the opening night of a new play by Susan Wear. ‘The Duke in the Cupboard’ is based on the true story of a 61-year-old Tyneside bus driver who managed to steal and conceal an original Goya portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery – not for personal gain but to aid his determined campaign for free TV licences for the el

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Macbeth

Macbeth

A brutal, gore-drenched Macbeth is hitting cinema screens nationwide, pulling no punches in its unremitting portrayal of horrors wreaked in the name of vaulting ambition Featuring a swathe of dramatic Scottish vistas – as well as the North East’s own Bamburgh Castle – the atmosphere of the film draws its power as much from its backdrops as its fine cast and pared-down script. At the premiere in Edinburgh the director Justin Kurzel said that the bleak weather during filming was ideal for his vision

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Christy Moore

Christy Moore

Sage Gateshead 26 October Star-studded premieres of the latest James Bond film may have distracted some, but for others, the return of the Men In Black to the Sage was Monday night's real feature presentation. Celebrating almost 50 years of live performance, Christy Moore made a typically low-key entrance, flanked by guitarist Declan Sinnott and percussionist Jimmy Higgins. Dark clothing and an unadorned stage underline that nothing should detract from what follows and any hint of r

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Round-up of 2015

Round-up of 2015

Review of the year by ne4me’s regular contributors Rob Mason and Anne Graham  Teessider and veteran folkie Vin Garbutt   Theatre event of the year: I really enjoyed Susan Wear’s debut play ‘The Duke in the Cupboard’ at the Customs House in South Shields (a venue that remains a favourite). ‘Yes Prime Minister’ at The People’s Theatre just before the General Election was as well timed in its planning as with the delivery of the punchlines, but most enjoyable was ‘Abigail’s Pa

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Sunday for Sammy 2016

Sunday for Sammy 2016

28 February  Newcastle City Hall Photos: Paul Millard  The ghost of Brendan Healy loomed large – in the most benign way possible – over this year’s Sunday for Sammy concert. The show started, fittingly, with a minute’s applause for the comic genius who, along with Tim Healy, has been the glue that has traditionally held together this bi-annual North East extravaganza. The event was launched in 2000 to celebrate the life of actor Sammy Johnson who died in 1998 and to raise fu

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Museums at Night

Museums at Night

National Glass Centre, Sunderland 13 May Museums at night is an annual event that opens up venues not usually used for music for evenings of songs.  On what was a gorgeous night the National Glass Centre on the banks of the Wear proved to be an inspired setting for an evening that featured Dean James and duo YUMA supporting The Lake Poets.With the 23,000 ton Panama registered Bulk Carrier Blu-Tide moored outside, having recently arrived from Gibraltar, the setting was tailor made for singer-songw

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Beyonce

Beyonce

28 June Kicking off the European leg of her world ‘Formation’ tour at the Stadium of Light, Beyonce focused on the more mature, lyrically challenging material from her current album ‘Lemonade’ than the hits that led her to be crowned ‘Queen Bey.’ The old favourites were still there but even the biggest of them – the stellar single ‘Crazy in Love’ – was wrapped up as part of a medley towards the end of a two-hour plus concert that never let up. With over 50,000 tickets sold and touts doing business o

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Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon

Sunderland Empire 4 October The most useful reviews are often the overheard comments as you leave the theatre and I have to say that the remarks I overheard upon leaving The Empire were all positive.  This story of The Kinks did win four Olivier Awards and the Sunny Afternoon website proudly boasts of five 5-star reviews in national newspapers. However for me this show was a journey up ‘Dead End Street’. It was awful. I love The Kinks music but the script, the acting and the choreography were

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The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

THE GLENN MILLER STORY SUNDERLAND EMPIRE 1 NOVEMBER 2016 The world’s most successful recording artist from 1939 until his death in an air crash in 1944, Glenn Miller was awarded the first ever Gold Disc, and won 30 more!  ‘In the Mood’ ‘Moonlight Serenade’ ‘Chatanooga Choo-choo’,‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’, ‘Little Brown Jug’, ‘Pennsylvannia 6-5000’  are all here, majestically performed by a 16 piece orchestra  You get two stars for the price of one in this show because

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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

An Audience with Jodi Picoult Sage Gateshead 24 November  Jodi Picoult is one of modern fiction’s best-selling authors. Her 23 novels have sold over 40 million copies, with the last eight debuting at Number 1 in the New York Times best-sellers lists. Two days after the UK launch she was at The Sage to promote her new book ‘Small Great Things’. Picoult’s formula is to take a really serious subject and tackle it head-on in a direct, fast–paced style which grabs the reader in a ‘I must know w

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The Shires

The Shires

Sage Gateshead   5 December Three years ago The Shires played The Sage…in the café. Now they’re headlining Hall One to a rapturous audience having hit the big-time.  The sky’s the limit for the duo from the shires of Hertford and Bedford. With their star rapidly rising who knows how far they’ll travel through the universe. Their second album ‘My Universe’ is the fastest-selling UK Country album ever. Their debut, ‘Brave’ had been the first UK country album to sneak into the top 10

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ne4me's picks of 2016

ne4me's picks of 2016

Picture: The Lake Poets RESTAURANT There are pizza places aplenty in every city in the country and Sunderland is no different, so to stand out from the crowd you really have to be doing well – and Devito’s is. Right opposite Mowbray Park and the city’s main museum Devito’s has free parking next to it after 5.30pm. You can get Italian dishes other than pizza here but why would you? The pizzas are huge, tasty and not expensive. What more do you need?  RM Peace and Loaf in Jesmond is a regular lun

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Picture: The Lake Poets RESTAURANT There are pizza places aplenty in every city in the country and Sunderland is no different, so to ...

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Philippa Hanna on Marti Pellow tour

Philippa Hanna on Marti Pellow tour...

UK singer/songwriter Philippa Hanna supports Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) on his nine-date tour of the country, with a North East gig at Sage ...