Godfather returning.THE man dubbed the Godfather of folkrock, Ashley Hutchings, is back in the region tomorrow with a new group, The Lark Rise Band, relating tales of a bygone era, at The Sage Gateshead's Hall 2.
The theme is Flora Thompson's Lark Rise To Candleford Lark Rise to Candleford is a trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, written by Flora Thompson, and first published in that form in 1945. , about rural life in England in the run-up to the Great War. The work was performed on stage back in 1978 at the National Theatre with the Albion Band providing the music and Hutchings (and John Tams) as associate producers on the resulting album which was released in 1981.
Hutchings is founder member of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and the Albion Band, not surprising, then, that he earned his "Guv'nor" nickname. This time Ashley has assembled a band of familiar names from other working folk-bands and features himself on bass plus Simon Care, Judy Dunlop, Ruth Angell, Guy Fletcher and Mark Hutchinson Mark Hutchinson (born October 17, 1978) is an Irish cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman. He has represented Ireland's A team in One-day cricket since the 2006 EurAsia cricket series. . Ticket info from 0191 443 4661.
BACK on the Americana scene, there are plenty of choices this week. Sunday, sees the Austin, Texas, musician, Jon Dee Graham at the Live Theatre. The multi-instrumentalist/singer has visited the venue in the past in the company of the Resentments and has one solo appearance.
ON Wednesday, the Cluny has a doubleheader which teams the raucous Scott H Biram from across the pond with Scotland's slide-guitar thrasher, Dave Arcari. In Biram's case, he forges a formidable sound from the wreckage of blues, rockabilly, country and punk all delivered with a strident vocal delivery.
Acari, recently endorsed by such names as Seasick Steve and the Alabama 3, also tears it up on National steel.
THE same venue has a long-awaited visit by Austin, Texas-based James McMurtry James McMurtry (born March 18, 1962 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American folk music singer-songwriter and the son of novelist Larry McMurtry.
James' father gave him his first guitar at age seven. and the Heartless Bastards. One would expect a degree of literacy from his songs given James is the son of US Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Larry. McMurtry's musical philosophy is direct. He said: "We tour so we can make albums. We make albums so we can tour." With him in his band is former Faces keyboard-player, Ian McLagan Ian McLagan (born on 12 May, 1945, in Hounslow, Middlesex) is an English keyboards player, best known as a member of Small Faces in the 1960s, and Faces in the 1970s. .
STRIDENT - Scott H Biram