Have a Cluny Christmas
And let’s start with some of those Christmas parties which this year will take in After Midnight (22 December, Cluny 2, £10) and Archie Brown (22 December, Cluny, £10). After Midnight will be regaling us with classic rock hits from the likes of Free, Dire Straits, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton and more, while Archie Brown is another local hero whose live shows can always be filed under “Legendary”. Also getting tinselled up will be The Springsteen Sessions with their Christmas special (17 December, Cluny, £14). This energetic seven-piece faithfully recreate the excitement and drive of The Boss and the E Street Band and they’ll be pulling out all the biggies for this one.
Earlier in the month there are plenty of other gigs to get your teeth into and I’d particularly pick out Rocket From The Crypt (6 December, Cluny, £22). These feisty Californian rockers are AMAZING live (yes, caps) and I can’t wait to see them back in the region. Another return I’m slapping with an “Eagerly Awaited!” will be from from cult underground band Ultrasound with, yep, a very special Christmas show (9 December, Cluny, £10). Ready to make the joint jump will be JW Jones, the rootsy Canadian bluesman who scored rave reviews for last year’s High Temperature album (10 December, Cluny 2, £10). I must also find room to flag up local heroes Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra (pictured) whose hokum blues, hot jazz, western swing and country sound always goes down a treat in the live arena (14 December, Cluny, £10); and The Moulettes, a Brighton based band of multi-instrumentalists who bring two-part female vocals, amped up cello, auto-harp, and more, to their alt.pop/rock/folk party (15 December, Cluny 2, £15). The year will be rounded off in truly raucous style with the 7th instalment of the punk rock karaoke extravaganza that is Grafteoke (31 December, Cluny, £5). This will feature covers bands and solo singers backed by the ever reliable “house band” Pure Graft followed by two rooms of guest DJs and Cluny residents (check the Cluny website for more info on how to get involved with this if you fancy getting up on stage yourself).
Of course, throughout December The Cluny will also be hitting us up with some delectable festive fayre from their kitchen with two courses at £14.95 and three courses at £17.95. Mains include the likes of toasted Po’Boy baguette filled with turkey, bacon, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce; and mushroom, chestnut and ale pie (with honey glazed veg – mmm!), while sweets take in stuff such as of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, and black forest gateaux trifle. Full details on the menu – and all gig listings – from the Cluny’s website, below.
The Cluny, Ouseburn Newcastle. thecluny.com