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Music Editorial

summertyne17.jpg Enjoy your SummerTyne

If you’re in the market for a celebration of all things Americana then you should know that the SummerTyne Festival is back at Sage Gateshead in July for a long weekend of sizzling entertainment.

With a line-up this enticing it’s hard to know where to start but why don’t we plump for The Shires (pictured), because everyone else seems to be doing so. Their second album, My Universe, became the fastest selling UK country album ever when it was released last October with the duo carving out a real niche for themselves among those who enjoy some Brit flavourings among the Nashville sound. Of course, the festival is renowned for bringing in stars from the US and this year we can expect visits from the likes of William Bell (the original ‘soul man’ who co-wrote one of the most covered songs in blues/rock history, Born Under a Bad Sign), Beth Nielsen Chapman (the twice Grammy-nominated Nashville based singer-songwriter), the incredible Chuck Prophet (Californian singer-songwriter and former member of Green on Red) and Merle Haggard’s Strangers (one year on from the death of the great man, Merle Haggard’s Strangers features his two sons, Ben and Noel Haggard, alongside their father’s band). The ever popular Jumpin’ Hot Stage will also be back with free outdoor concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and the full line-ups for these, as well as the rest of the programme, can be gleaned from the Sage website, below.

SummerTyne Americana Festival, Friday 21-Sunday 23 July, Sage Gateshead. sagegateshead.com