Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Folk on Road to the North

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Folk on Road to the North

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Byline: By Alan Nichol

Last week's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards provide the ideal lead-in for tonight's column.

Three of folkdom's leading lights, representing three of the genre's largely rural strongholds, play imminent shows in the region.

Scotland's Karine Polwart scooped the pool with three awards as she embarks on a solo career after six years with Malinky and, before that, the Battlefield Band.

She is at The Sage next month.

The other two from that trumpeted trio play venues tonight and tomorrow.

Incidentally, Tom Paxton, featured here last week ahead of his Journal Tyne Theatre show, won a lifetime achievement award for his ongwriting.

Tonight The Sage has a Road to the North show which includes some of the area's best-known folk musicians. Kathryn Tickell, probably the most recognisable face of Northumbrian music, won the musician of the year award at this year's event ( cited as "a superb collaborator and realiser of projects" ( and she is joined by a man who was in at the start of the early 60s folk revival, singer and concertina player Louis Killen.

Nancy Kerr and Alistair Anderson are joined by the Old Rope String Band to make for a night of folk and fun on the Tyne. There are Chinese lion dancers, too! Box office 0870 703 4555.

Tomorrow, the third and youngest of the three award nominees, Devon's Seth Lakeman, appears at the Buddle Arts Centre with his trio.

Seth was nominated for best original song and the Horizon Award (both won by Polwart) but failure to win either is unlikely to alter his career path.

He has the looks of a pop idol and the talent to realise significant mainstream success, should he want to. His new CD, the Dartmoor-inspired Kitty Jay (I Scream Records), was "the most original and memorable folky album of last year", according to Time Out.

The same magazine went on to praise his energy and passion and to compare him to Nic Jones, Richard Thompson and even Robert Plant. …

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