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Among the most eagerly anticipated shows you have the double-bill of current Americana favourite, Sam Outlaw and seasoned Nashville-based Jim Lauderdale. The latter qualifies as being one of the most prolific writers of the art the last thirty years, and with the likes of Robert Hunter,Buddy Miller and the late Ralph Stanley people has worked with as a songwriter, and as the case with the latter two, recorded. Lauderdale’s presence at the festival is one not to be missed. Be sure to check out his suits.
This year’s programme also includes the only UK show from U.S. Stax legend William Bell, headlining Saturday night with the 12-strong Stax Academy Revue. Winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for his most recent release ‘This Is Where I Live’, William has an enviable back catalogue of classics like ‘Private Number’, ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ and many more.
The Stax Academy Revue features students from the famous Stax Music Academy in Memphis, the only school in the world teaching the art form of American soul music. Most of the students live at or below the poverty line and attend via scholarships from the Soulsville Foundation. Stax Music Academy trips represent the first opportunity to travel beyond Memphis for many students, which has proven to have a significant positive impact on their desire to succeed, self-confidence and self-esteem. Their SummerTyne show will be part of their first-ever UK tour.
Sunday evening sees another one-off show from headliner Beth Nielsen Chapman. From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, Grammy nominee and 2016 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, Beth has inspired many and truly embraced musical diversity. Elton John performed her groundbreaking song ‘Sand and Water’ while ‘This Kiss’ was a huge hit for country diva Faith Hill. She has also written for Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, amongst many others. For this unique concert, Beth will share the stage with special guests, British singer-songwriter Callaghan and the SummerTyne Strings orchestra.
Elsewhere, Angaleena Presley makes her first trip to the UK following the release of acclaimed new album ‘Wrangled’, considered by many reviewers to be one of the most striking Americana releases of the year and exciting new voice on the international scene, New Zealand-born Marlon Williams brings his own antipodean version of country, folk and blues to SummerTyne.
Fans of traditional country will no doubt be drawn to the appearance of Ben and Noel Haggard, sons of the late Merle Haggard his boys looks to carry on the Haggard tradition. Talking about tradition you have one of Louisiana’s finest, The Savoy Family Band on the free outdoor stage and old time vocalist Tim Eriksen (SummerTyne Late Lounge) perform.
Full line-up below. For tickets and further details on the artists appearing, go to: www.summertyne.com or contact Sage Gateshead ticket office on 0191 443 4661
Friday 21 July
The Shires plus special guest Sarah Darling ê Merle Haggard’s Strangers Featuring Ben & Noel Haggard, plus Ashley Campbell ê SummerTyne Late Lounge: Marlon Williams
Saturday 22 July
William Bell plus Stax Academy Revue ê Angaleena Presley ê Jim Lauderdale / Sam Outlaw (double bill) ê SummerTyne Late Lounge: Jesca Hoop and Worry Dolls
Sunday 23 July
Beth Nielsen Chapman plus special guest Callaghan ê Jo Harman / Lisa Mills (double bill) ê Chuck Prophet ê SummerTyne Late Lounge: Cath & Phil Tyler plus Tim Eriksen
Plus: Jumpin’ Hot Stage, free out door stage over looking the Tyne feature a full line-up of artists throughout the weekend. One that includes Earl Thomas & Band, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Rhona Dalling, Buffalo Skinners, Paul Handyside Trio, The King Bees, Archie Brown & The Prisoners of Fender, Big Ray & the Hipthrusters, Stax Academy Revue, Dexeter, Fargo Railroad Company, Vera Van Heeringen Trio, Howlin’ Ric and the Rocketeers, Amythyst Kiah, Bradley Creswick Western Swing Sinfonia, Robert Vincent Band, Errol Linton Blues Band, Jonathan Terrell and High Plains Jamboree. The Concourse Stage, co-hosted by the Americana Music Association UK and a unique exhibition of artwork by Jon Langford, and there will, no doubt be vintage films shown in the Lounge.
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