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grahamnash18.jpg Tyne to get your Americana on

One of the most glorious weekends of the year hits the banks of the Tyne in July when the SummerTyne Americana Festival rolls around to Sage Gateshead once more.

And, once again, the festival line-up is really hitting the sweet spot with a mix of legendary Americana heavyweights, crossover artists and breakthrough talent from both sides of the Atlantic. We’re talking people like Graham Nash (pictured) – of Crosby, Stills and Nash – who will be joined by special guest, the multi-Grammy award winner Shawn Colvin. They’re both appearing on the opening Friday night, a Friday that will also see appearances from Big Sandy and his Fly-rite Boys, celebrating 25 years in the biz, plus Charley Crockett, and a double bill of Robert Vincent and AMA UK artist of the year, Yola Carter. On the Saturday there will be a mix of legends and rising stars including 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant and Davina and the Vagabonds, plus two double bills: Kelly Willis and Emily Barker and Holly MacVae and Jade Bird. Headlining Sage One will be American rock, country and folk masters Steve Earle & The Dukes. On the Sunday, the star of the musical drama series Nashville Sam Palladio, will be joined by SummerTyne favourites Striking Matches and bright young star Sarah Darling. Also on Sunday will be the celebrated folk, country and gospel singer-songwriter Iris Dement. And, rest assured, the free stage programme presented with the Jumpin’ Hot Club, will be back once again featuring a roster of class acts (including Gem Andrews who snared our Album of the Month slot in June).

SummerTyne Americana Festival, Friday 20-Sunday 22 July, Sage Gateshead. Full line-up: sagegateshead.com