Autumn Harvest; Jazz, Blues and Roots

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), August 17, 2007 | Go to article overview

Autumn Harvest; Jazz, Blues and Roots


Byline: ALAN NICHOL

WHILE the open-air festivals appear to grow in number with each passing year, August is traditionally the quiet month for indoor events on the roots scene.

However, it does provide the opportunity to have a look ahead to the frenetic autumn season.

The Sage Gateshead offers some attractive shows and demonstrates a typically broad range of styles. In September there is the exuberance of Flamenco Fusion (7th) to laid-back Texastroubadour, Guy Clark (25th) and from Lloyd Cole (23rd) to Melanie (27th).

October brings a return trip for Sam Brown then folk acts such as Capercaillie, Brass Monkey and the reggae band, Third World, the music of Argentina in the form of the Tango Fire extravaganza - and premier league songsmiths Richard Thompson, John Prine, John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright and Martyn Joseph.

There is also a rare outing for the 1960s folk/blues guitar-genius who inspired a busload of others, Davey Graham; plus a debut visit for the Canadian band, The Cowboy Junkies.

Sam Beam's Iron & Wine acoustic sounds also make a welcome return to the region. November sees Norwegian jazzsaxophonist Jan Garbarek return before peerless Australian guitar phenomenon, Tommy Emmanuel, heads back to Tyneside. Also in the same month are visits from folkfunster, Vin Garbutt, soul from Beverley Knight, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Christy Moore and Beth Nielsen Chapman. Booking info on all of the above, and many more, from (0191) 443 4661

There is a string of quality jazz gigs also starting next month. Andy Sheppard's Cascade - a band featuring sitar, fiddle and concertina - play The Cluny. Karen Street's Accordion Crimes take in The Corner House in October, while US tenor sax giant David Murray plays a single UK show at Gateshead's Caedmon Hall (24th) before Aussie guitarist, Blake Wilner, takes his new quartet to The Cluny a few days later. There is more in November, too, with the Kirk Lightsey Trio at the Caedmon (3rd), Mujician, featuring Keith Tippett and Paul Dunmall, at the Sage. …

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