Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Best of West Heads North; ALAN NICHOL Rounds Up What Is Happening on the Roots Music Scene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Best of West Heads North; ALAN NICHOL Rounds Up What Is Happening on the Roots Music Scene

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AFTER last week's focus on the music of Bassekou Kouyate from Mali, West Africa - and what an uplifting night that was - this week we turn westward for some wonderfully diverse visitors.

Music from Cuba, nearby Jamaica, across the Gulf of Mexico to Texas and then over to New York! All quite different in terms of what is on offer and all equally likely to draw good crowds.

Tonight, The Sage's Hall 1 will resound to the unmistakable echo of some of Havana's finest musicians, when the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club come calling.

Whilst several of the original members who contributed to the phenomenal eight million selling modern classic album have shuffled of this mortal coil, there are enough key players at the core of this 13-piece unit to still make it special.

Ruben Gonzalez, Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer have all gone but Manuel Galban (guitar), Manuel Guarjiro Mirabal (trumpet), Barbarito Torres (laud - a 12-string lute/guitar variant) and Jesus Aguaje Ramos (trombone) are still a vibrant force within the band.

Ticket info for possible returns from The Sage box office on (0191) 443 4661.

IT'S been a while since the New York finger-picking guitarist Woody Mann last appeared in the area but he is at Durham's Gala Theatre on Sunday night.

In terms of pedigree, it would be difficult to outdo Mann's.

He was the recipient of lessons from the hugely influential ragtime/blues guitarist, Reverend Gary Davis and he went on to play with Son House and Bukka White - paid-up members of the Blues pantheon - and also with the highly influential guitarguru/musicologist, John Fahey. He gave guitar lessons to Paul Simon, accompanied Dori Previn and studied with renowned jazz pianist, Lennie Tristano, before he took up the formal tuition role himself at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. He has toured and recorded with the virtuosic musical-sponge, Bob Brozman, and has an equal claim to being a walking repository of countless guitar styles.

TEXAS maverick Steve Earle is at the Sage (Hall 1) on Monday night.

Earle has made headlines, for a variety of reasons, since his debut album, Guitar Town, appeared in 1986. …

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