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The heat is on for festival; Brennan and Noel ALAN NICHOL HAS NEWS OF A MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NORTHUMBERLAND NEXT MONTH THAT IS GOING TO BE LITERALLY JUMPIN' HOT.

HARD on the heels of last weekend's SumMERTYNE Americana festival, the Jumpin' Hot stage, which provided three days of excellent and varied roots music, decamps in a somewhat reduced form to a village in rural Northumberland.

The J&H organisers have booked Acklington Village Hall (NE65 9BN) all day next Saturday (August 6) for their Jumpin' Hot Country Cantina, which runs from 2pm to 11.30pm.

Firstly, some logistical information. Acklington can be reached by the B6345 and is roughly equidistant from Felton (just off the A1 between Morpeth and Alnwick) and Amble, being about five miles from each.

There is also a local bus service from Newcastle and Morpeth. The rural setting is ideally placed for coast and country with a campsite nearby at Guyzance/Warkworth for those wishing to make a weekend of it.

Food and soft drinks will be available and Hadrian Border Brewery will also be on hand with a couple of ales and a cider option. There are also some planned activities for children.

As for the music, there is a strong cast of players, most of whom are locally based. One of the exceptions is the formidable Texas singer/songwriter pairing of Brennan Leigh and Noel McKay, fresh from their Sage Gateshead showing at last weekend's SummerTyne Americana festival.

The pair set a benchmark in vocal-guitar interplay and back it up with classy and literate original songs. They also mine a deep seam of country material.

Austin-based Leigh (though originally from North Dakota) will perform a set which is dedicated to Texan great and one of her Country music influences, Lefty Frizzell, who had a string on No 1 hits over several decades and recorded the original version of the folk-country favourite, Long Black Veil, more than 60 years ago.

Her partner, Noel McKay, was brought up in Lubbock (home town of Buddy Holly) and rose to prominence (and co-wrote some songs) with the help of one of the genre's most celebrated songwriters, the late Guy Clark. That is recommendation enough!

Martin Stephenson and the Toe Rags reform after more than a decade for this one-off performance.

However, Martin and the band can call up a huge repertoire of songs and it is never safe to predict what will eventually make its way into his set on the day.

Suffice to say that there will be surprises and smiles in equal measure from one of this country's most whimsical, idiosyncratic - and certainly ever-popular - singer-songwriters.

Dutch-born but locally-based, Vera Van Heeringen is a very talented singer, writer and guitarist with a broad range of styles at her disposal.

From bluegrass and country to folk and blues, she offers a convincing authenticity - not least in her guitar-picking - which is topped off by some highly developed original songs, evidence of which can be found on her current album, Proper Brew.

The day also has sets/contributions from performers like Tim Dalling, Bridie Jackson, Nev Clay, Archie Brown, Shipcote and Friends and the fiddler/singer Kari MacLeod.

There is also the prospect of a "special guest" appearance - as is often the way with events of this nature - but regardless of that, the price of a day ticket at PS20 looks like pretty good value.

| Tickets are available from The Cluny and wegottickets.com and full details are available on the Jumpin' Hot Club website.

Country duo's date with North East GIVEN the recent success of acts like Ward Thomas and Striking Matches - both of whom appeared as headliners at last weekend's SummerTyne Americana festival - it would be remiss not to report that another hugely popular country duo have a gig at the same venue, Sage Gateshead Hall 1, at the end of the year.

The venue recently announced that The Shires, the Home Counties duo of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, will appear at the main hall on December 5. They embark on a major national tour in support of their new album, My Universe, which is scheduled for release in October.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2016
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