Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trio's Trip Provides a Rare Treat; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trio's Trip Provides a Rare Treat; ALAN NICHOL Has the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene

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Byline: ALAN NICHOL

OUT OF THE BOX Yo La Tengo CULT New Jersey band Yo La Tengo roll into town for a gig at The Sage Gateshead's Hall 1 next Tuesday.

The Hoboken three-piece are not frequent tourers, so this is a rare opportunity to catch them.

The husband and wife partnership of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano vocals) and Georgia Hubley (percussion, piano, vocals) is augmented by bassist James McNew (who also sings).

The name is derived from an old baseball anecdote, which loosely translates from Spanish as, l have it or I've got her. They recorded an album more than 20 years ago with the title, Fakebook, which has a "nearly but not quite" cyber-space resonance today.

They have also indulged in some other quite whacky titles, YLT Is Murdering The Classics (2006) and I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass, the same year.

The music strays across wide terrain and explored a region with Yoko Ono on Wig In A Box in 2003.

They have a huge repertoire of cover versions which they can drop into at will, too. So much so that this tour employs their "Wheel of Fortune" and the subject matter is left to the randomness of a spin.

Not, as you may have guessed, your orthodox gig. They have a dozen or so studio albums available , ranging from acoustic calm to electric storm.

A COUPLE of sisters bearing a famous name arrive at the Cluny 2 next Thursday.

The Chapin Sisters are Abigail and Lily and they are the daughters of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin, and the nieces of the late Harry Chapin (Cat's In The Craddle).

The girls have a couple of CDs to their name - Lake Bottom and Two - and until recently they included half-sister Jessica, in a trio format.

They are joined on the night by the Texas duo, The Os, who come armed with a battery of instruments and tight harmonies.

MUSIC is the theme of a photographic exhibition in Gateshead's Old Town Hall.

The two-month long run actually started yesterday but the photographs represent a quarter of a century of roots music.

The photographer, Charles Holley, explains the modus operandi and motivation for the exhibition: "I've been photographing musicians for about 15 years now but it required a slight change in thinking to find myself at ease with the format. …

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