This Sunderland-based folk/blues duo (say “Hi, how’s tricks?” to Shannon Pearl and John Timney”) are a very fine proposition indeed.
Local: Benedict Hawkin
This is Benedict Hawkin either: 1. At the bottom of his local swimming pool; or 2. Really ramping up the arty effects on his press pic. Either way we’re having a piece of him.
Local: Paul Taylor
We don’t feature that many pianists specialising in improvisation on this page, but, then again, we don’t come across that many pianists as talented as this fella.
Local: Lily Brooke
Lily Brooke is a singer/songwriter from Hebburn who kind of rings a bell with me…
Local: Scott Michael Cavagan
County Durham lad Scott Michael Cavagan is a singer/songwriter you can really hang your hat on, particularly if your hat is into indie rock which pulses with melodic energy. (...
When someone mentions “Kashmir” to me these days I don’t think of that bit on the map that nestles between India and China, but this new-ish Newcastle band who play the kind o...
Local: Idle Violets
There are some great bands coming out of the Stockton area at present and Idle Violets are among the most arresting.
Local: Joy Atlas
It’s all moving and grooving on the pop front in the north-east at the minute and grabbing a lusty handful of the good stuff are new band Joy Atlas.
This bunch are a Middlesbrough band who have just been signed (or “snapped up” in PR speak) by Sound-Hub Records.
Local: Street Party In Soho
Street Party In Soho are from North Shields, but I suppose Street Party Down The Docks didn’t sound quite so snappy. Whatever. They’re excellent.
This four piece from Newcastle have been pulled together from the remnants of other local bands and their new EP has had me coming over all “Hello! What is this!”
Say “Well hello sailor!” to Schultz, a Newcastle based band who, it says here, are a “dark-pop outfit”. Crikey.
Local: Argen’s Winter
Despite sounding like a chapter culled from Lord Of The Rings, Argen’s Winter is actually this 20-year-old singer/songwriter. He’s very good.