Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reaping New Musical Harvest

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reaping New Musical Harvest

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THE transition from summer to autumn may have started early this year but technically speaking it is still a couple of weeks away.

In the context of the live music scene, the end of the festival season gives way to the busiest touring schedule of the year.

A variety of North American acts are out of the blocks quickly and all the signs are of a bumper musical harvest to follow.

Texas-born, San Francisco-based songster, Jolie Holland, heads for the Cluny 2 on Sunday night.

The former member of Be Good Tanya has a distinctive voice which could fit between Maria McKee and Lucinda Williams. She plays several instruments - piano, guitar, fiddle, accordion - and sings, of course.

Her new album, Pint Of Blood on Anti Records, is her fifth outing and has guitar-work from old associate, Marc Ribot.

Opening for her is the Miami-born Sarabeth Tucek. Brought-up in New York, she spent some time in Los Angeles, before releasing her debut recording produced by Ethan Johns of Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams and Laura Marling fame, in 2007.

The first single from that record, Something For You, found favour with numerous critics and radio DJs. The record attracted a fair bit of acclaim at the time and she subsequently opened for Ray Lamontagne, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Bob Dylan.

Her new release, Get Well Soon on Sonic Cathedral, was prompted by the sudden death of her father while out boating.

It is a sparse recording with her wonderful voice to the fore supported by thoughtful arrangements, and sets her apart from the current plethora of women singer-songwriters in the same vein.

MONDAY brings another couple of highly distinctive women performers to the Sage's Hall 2. Joan Wasser - aka Joan As Police Woman - makes a return visit to the venue.

Wasser was Jeff Buckley's girlfriend at the time of his death in 1997.

Her wide-ranging musical tastes have contributed to work by Antony & the Johnsons (she is on the Mercury Prize-winning album, I Am A Bird Now), Rufus Wainwright, Lloyd Cole and more. …

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