A New Day Riising
Interesting week for me. After meeting the manager of Bastille (and the lady who first signed the Stereophonics), Polly Comber, at my "Managing A Music Business Enterprise" course, I had a day in a recording studio. In the very homely surroundings of Broadwater Studios in Gateshead, meeting with Riise Music artists Anna and Richard (formally of Anna and The Kings), recording a track in a style more suited to their new style as Northeast electronic duo Denature. I met the increasingly popular Wallsend singer Junior Turner who was filming an interview to go into his "An Audience with Junior Turner" DVD. The video will include footage of his highly successful album launch concert at Tynemouth Priory Theatre with support from Jess Wood who features on his song, Loveblind on the "Under Scrutiny" album. Download the album here. The DVD will be released on Wednesday 6th March.
|Junior chats about life, the world, music and everything for his DVD.|
Monday 4th February
Ian Campbell is at the Brandling Arms in Gosforth. Covering a wide range of styles from the 60's to present day. Rock, Pop, Punk, Country, Bluegrass, Irish and Folk
Tuesday 5th February
(Also Tues 6th)Fires Live: Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden at the Newcastle City Hall.
Dutch Uncles are at the Cluny and if you click their link you will find a free download on their website. It never ceases to amaze me how bands can keep coming up with a whole new sound. This is sooo different, mixture of sequenced orchestral sounds, bass and a rather "Hot Chipesque" vocal.
Jake Bugg is at the O2 Academy..I don't think he needs much help from me! He's canny though.
Wednesday 6th February
Its my birthday! Please as a present to me could you spread this blog far and wide, and make sure you tune in on Mondays at 12 on NE1FM 102.5. And up to 50 of you can listen online too! Max out that stream!
Back to the music...
Dale Watson is at the Cluny..a country music traditionalist has finally let modern influences take the reigns on his new album. Have a listen to "My Baby Makes Me Gravy" from 2011. A lot of humour and warmth in his music.
The History of Apple Pie is a 5 pieced female fronted indie rock band...and listening it takes me back to the mid 90's, and I like it. You can see them at the Dog and Parrot in Newcastle.
Thursday 7th February
Billy the Kid is at the Cluny, don't be going armed though. This is a young female singer songwriter who has secured an abundance of synch deals for her music (ie get them on telly programmes in return for spendies). She has been described as "not knowing what impossible is" and has worked with Jamie Candilaro, who produced fro REM, Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson.
The NME Awards Tour reaches the O2 Academy with Django Django, Miles Kane,the Palma Violets and Peace.
Photo from his website.
Lexy and the Kill are at Hoults Yard. Click the link, have a listen. Supported by Miss Danby and the What, Iceni, and Static Soul. A crackingly good line up...prepare to be surprisingly bouncing around to the dancey grooves of Static Soul. Have a listen to their "You Can Do Better".
|Static Soul at the Outsider Showcase at the Cluny|
Battle of the Bands at the Three Tuns in Gateshead. Competing are the Deadbeats, Emergency, Dissadent (sic) and Mixfits International. A nice £500 for the winner.
Friday 8th February
Busy at the Cluny with a single launch for Bridie Jackson and Beccy Owen and in the other room Nick Harper. Click those pink links for the bands' websites and music etc. So a choice between alternative folk rock and the acoustic melodic Nick Harper. Hard choice.
Sabbatica are at the Star Inn on Westgate Road. Black Sabbath covers, and fun night guaranteed..I think. The videos in the website look like it could be a good night. I'd like a crack at the role of Ozzy though...
|Cash...photo from their website.|
Saturday 9th February
The Australian Pink Floyd are at the City Hall. They've toured all over the world and solf over 3 million gig tickets, and performed at Dave Gilmore's 50th birthday. It seems they are very good.
The Jumping Hot Club has got O'Hooley & Tidow and Amelia Curran, I'm not sure I've got the musical vocabulary to describe these, but they sound amazing, do have a listen.
|O'Hooley and Tidow (photo from their website)|
Rossi Noise are having a single launch at The Cumberland Arms. Their previous single "Knives" was a real favourite of mine and they really pound the stage live...get the crowd going. They'll be supported by Go-X, Patched Up Heroes and Humanism.
|Rossi Noise: Send ransom to jowheretogo|
pic from their website
Sunday 10th February
All Time Low, Lower Than Atlantis and The Summerset are at the O2 Academy .
Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener are at The Cluny.
Monday 4th February
Not actually theatre, but on at the Live Theatre you can take part in the "A&E Quiz" (arts and entertainment) in the rather nice bar of the theatre. Get togather a team of your most cultured mates and with an entry fee of £1 a head you can be in with a chance of winning "a host of fantastic prizes".
|Trials of an Invisible Man, at Live Theatre..pic from their website.|
Friday 8th February
Poison at Northern Stage is a story by Wan Fang about a less than ideal Chinese family. First staged in Beijing in 2006, this play deals with the dysfunctional activities of a messed up family in an interestingly surreal manner.
Grease is being performed by the girls of Central High at Northern Stage from the 13th - 15th February.
Don't forget the multibuy deal at Northern Stage allowing you to buy tickets for several productions in advance at a much reduced priced.
Saturday 9th February
"What Would Beyonce Do?" was cancelled due to snow a few weeks ago when Luisa Omielan's show was due to be at the Chillingham Arms. But here's another chance to catch her show, which sells out regularly at Soho Theatre, and got rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. At the Live Theatre, for 1 night only.
Sunday 10th February
Comedy Course Corkers at the Live Theatre : the theatre holds courses in stand up comedy. The next one starts in April, and here, graduates from the course, already regulars on the comedy circuit, get to show the benefits of the course in a comedy show. With veteran comics (I'm sure they won't mind being called that) John Scott and Vladimir Mctavish, the night is sure to be a good mixture of styles.
A mention for the activities of the Sage Gateshead: not only is the Sage a great venue for many different kinds of music, but it has an important role in music education in the northeast. My whole family has benefited from classes at the Sage. My son is learning junior musicianship and violin, I've had singing lessons with the Singing Stellas (Saturday mornings, all women, very relaxed), my husband is having a crack at the fiddle and intermediate guitar. There are various levels of financial assistance available, depending on the course and your income. Check out the courses available on the Sage website. If you are over 50 there's the Silvers programme, where you can pick up an instrument or improve your vocals. For example Silvers Rock where there is a wide range of ways you can learn and play music from skiffle, to rock and roll and drumming. In fact I'm looking at it and wishing I could do it. But I'm still under 50. For a bit longer.
Gateshead Beer Festival
With a a large selection of real ales and proper ciders, you'll be in the mood for some great music. And you'll get it by the marqueeful at the Gateshead Beer Festival. Over 3 days from Friday the 3rd May to Sunday 5th May bands such as Jen Stevens and the Hiccups, Scratch the Surface, Jonny Boyle, Chris Binding, The Dust Town Dogs, Superheat, Bessie and the Zinc Buckets, Lounge Lizards, Claypath....plenty to keep you entertained. Open frpm 12pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 12pm to 11pm on the Sunday, the festival is being held at Gateshead Rugby Club. Buy a ticket here.
Finally, have a look on NE1fm.net for what shows are coming up on the station. NE1 aims to serve the community around Newcastle. So there are shows that represent many different parts of our society, so we all have a voice. You can have a show on NE1FM, if you have something you can bring to the station,( I hope I am with my little events guide, chat and music), you could start by volunteering for an open mic slot. Go to the volunteering part of the website and find out all the ways you can help at the station, and maybe get trained in a new skill. Until then, tune in on 102.5fm or listen online, or on your TuneInRadio app on your phone.
Have a great week.