Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Welcome Mavericks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Welcome Mavericks

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Byline: By Alan Nichol

Non-conformism is this week's theme, with several artists of maverick inclination paying visits to venues across the patch.

First up is tomorrow's show at the Cluny which features ex-Clash founder Mick Jones with his new project Carbon/Silicon.

There are also gigs by the prolific Arizona-based Americana outfit, Giant Sand, then later in the week the avant garde guitarist, Tim Hodgkinson, shows up ahead of more Americana. Just to round things off is that rare commodity, a female jazz guitarist, with her all-woman band.

Promising a mix of Aswad, Rolling Stones and a lap-top computer, the show is a near-certain sell-out. More information on (0191) 232 1232.

Non Monday, the Sage, in a joint production with the Jumpin' Hot Club, has a visit from the Tucson troubadour Howe Gelb and his band Giant Sand.

Gelb, originally from Pennsylvania, moved to the desert over 30 years ago and, paradoxically, his career blossomed.

He has been involved in some 30 or so albums bearing the name of Giant Sand/Howe Gelb or a seemingly endless list of side-projects like Calexico (bandmates Jon Convertino and Joey Burns), Friends of Dean Martinez, OP8, Blacky Ranchette and Giant Sandworms, with the spectral slide-guitar of the late Rainer Ptacek.

From 1985's Valley of Rain he has knocked out album after album with three releases in 1989 and a couple per year in the early 90s.

Gelb also found time to collaborate with the likes of Polly Harvey and Brett and Rennie Sparks of the Handsome Family, among an extensive list.

Expect folk, country, jazz, mariachi and more from one of the key architects of the alt country scene.

Local singer-songwriter, Richard Dawson, supports and uses the event to launch his debut CD.

Wednesday sees the return to the region of the ever-popular Glenn Tilbrook, but this time the former Squeeze man heads for the Park Hotel in Tynemouth. Info on 07760 400 226.

Jazz fans have a choice on Thursday between the melodic swing of the Deirdre Cartwright Group at the Cluny in Byker or the volatile invention of the edgy Konk Pack trio at Newcastle University's Armstrong Building. …

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