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Sage Gateshead: on sale from Friday 19th January

Sage Gateshead – On Sale Now

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce six exciting performances, which go on sale today (Friday 19th January).

The Folkworks programme welcomes two great acts, visionary partnership pioneers Anna and Elizabeth with Benjamin Lazar Davis and award-winning RURA.

Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, E Street Band Member, and solo artist Nils Lofgren joins Sage Gateshead as part of his 50th year of touring professionally.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track winner Daoiri Farrell makes is Sage Gateshead debut with his traditional Irish sound.

These are just some of the great shows that go on sale this Friday at Sage Gateshead.


Folkworks: Anna and Elizabeth with Benjamin Lazar Davis

Saturday 12 May, 8pm, Sage Two

Their show is like no other. Through their immersive creative process and bold interpretations, Anna and Elizabeth’s visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences.

Since 2011, with a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, they stand at the frontline of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements. Their captivating performance integrates visual art, movement and experimental film with breath-taking harmonies.

The performance magic comes from unique strengths of each artist. Elizabeth LaPrelle, lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation, is rooted in rural Virginia and a lifetime of singing ballads. Anna Roberts-Gevalt’s musical path has led her from the kitchens of Kentucky banjo elders, to sessions in Brooklyn’s thriving experimental music world. A master instrumentalist, Anna is the band’s arranger and driving force.

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An Intimate Acoustic Evening of Songs and Stories with Nils Lofgren

Monday 21st May, 2018. 7pm, Sage One

Celebrating his 50th year of touring professionally, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, E Street Band Member, and solo artist Nils Lofgren makes his first return to the UK in three years for a 15-city tour, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta.

The UK has been his most frequent touring stop, outside of America, for half a century. Drawing from an expansive repertoire of a lifetime in rock and roll, and sharing many memorable stories along the way, Nils will share the magical experience of his last critically acclaimed UK run.

Nils and Greg will use a multitude of instruments to add colour and depth to these new shows. Nils, along with his lovely wife Amy, plan as always to spend time visiting with fans after the performance concludes, in what has become the “show after the show.” They always ask the venues to keep the bar open afterwards, too.

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Folkworks: RURA

Thursday 14 June, 8pm, Sage Two

With two heralded albums, a third due for release in June 2018, and extensive international touring, RURA continually affirm their position as one of Scotland’s most powerful groups. Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.

The group’s fire first ignited in 2010, as award-winners at Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections festival, where they have now appeared on a remarkable seven occasions – taking just one year off from their formative award win. Since then, Jack Smedley, Steven Blake, David Foley and Adam Brown’s powerful, entrancing instrumentals have been a main stage highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge, Tønder, Winnipeg, Vancouver and HebCelt, amongst countless others across more than 20 countries.

Their media profile is similarly huge, with numerous national radio and television appearances, including BBC One’s Hogmanay Live, broadcast live to the world over New Year 2016/2017 from Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.

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Ryan McGarvey

Saturday 27 October, 8pm, Sage Two

In a relatively short time, Ryan McGarvey has not only gained a national and international fan base, but admiration from his personal idols as well.

In the past few years of Ryan’s career he has had the honour, and the pleasure, of sharing the bill with such top name acts as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many more.

Ryan was honoured to receive the prestigious European Blues Awards Best Guitarist in 2014 and 2016, and Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2017, adding to a host of accolades from both the USA and Europe.

Ryan is constantly on tour internationally, and records whenever time permits. His incendiary, yet dynamic guitar playing leaves crowds around the world marvelling and wanting more. With strong songs, award-winning vocals, fierce guitar playing, an unstoppable work ethic, and an undying love for the blues flavoured hard rock he pours from his soul, Ryan has been compared to the best in the business.

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Daoiri Farrell

Thursday 8 November, 8pm, Sage Two

A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.

Six months after releasing the album True Born Irishman, Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer, and Best Traditional Track and also performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

In 2017, he toured twice in the UK, Australia and Canada, and played major festivals in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and many more.

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Thursday 22 November, 8pm, Sage Two

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the 70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King, and Sylvia, as well as critically acclaimed albums Moving Waves, Focus 3, and Hamburger Concerto, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans.

After a comeback in the early 2000s, which resulted in the well-received albums Focus 8 and Focus 9, the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, and acclaimed bass player Udo Pannekeet, complete the band’s current line-up. Recently, the band’s biggest hit, Hocus Pocus, was used in a four minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Their music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

A new Focus era has arrived. There is a rejuvenated passion amongst the band as they enter the studio to record Focus 11 and prepare to go out on the road again for a World Tour in support of the new album, and as they build up to their 50th anniversary.

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