Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Gospel According to Lindisfarne Endeth

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Gospel According to Lindisfarne Endeth

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Byline: Exclusive By Sam Wonfor Arts And Entertainment Correspondent

Opera House date will bring down the final curtain

Cult folk band Lindisfarne have announced they are to quit.

For the past 33 years, the band have sewn themselves into the cultural heritage of the North-East and sung their way into the hearts of music lovers the world over.

They have released scores of albums, played thousands of concerts and survived the comings and goings of band members over the years.

They retained the respect and loyalty of their fans and contemporaries following the untimely death of their poetic songwriter and frontman, Alan Hull eight years ago.

But yesterday, the folk-rock ensemble's founding members Ray Laidlaw and Rod Clements, together with Billy `Mitch' Mitchell, Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson who have made up the band since 1995, revealed their upcoming performance at Newcastle Opera House, would mark the end of the road.

In a statement to The Journal, they said: "After 33 years, scores of albums and thousands of concerts, we have decided to retire from touring and recording at the end of our current UK concert tour.

"There is never a good or easy time to implement a decision of this sort. But after some collective soul-searching, we have decided that our concert at the Newcastle Opera House on Saturday November 1 will be our last."

The band said despite recent critical acclaim for their album, Promenade and their constant presence on the tour and festival circuit, they had begun to feel that the "creative spark" which had enabled them to continue moving forward may have dimmed.

They said: "We are in danger of treading water and to continue performing under those circumstances is not an option. We have always maintained that when the band stopped producing valid new music, we would call it a day. …

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