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weatherstation18.jpg Folky Americana with a chance of poetry
 

The Weather Station are the Canadian vehicle of Tamara Lindeman, a woman who gathers critical acclaim wherever she treads. They’re playing The Cluny in August with great support, too.

Tamara Lindeman has put together an incredible body of work as The Weather Station with four longplayers in which she uses narratives to explore the human condition, culminating in last year’s self-titled fourth album, which was one of the best releases of 2017. And the human condition that she was chiefly exploring on this career best album was of relationships, which she looks at in a whole myriad of ways. The band that she’s got behind her are also on top form with largely electric guitars and driving rhythms injecting a sense of urgency into her words in a perfect melding of Americana and folk. Always a superb live performer this should be an extra special gig as on support duties are Shannon Lay (an LA singer/songwriter who scored huge critical acclaim for last year’s Living Wateralbum, which showcased her unusual way with a melody and quietly commanding voice) and the north-east’s The Winter Hill Transmission who nabbed our Album of the Month slot in July. A real trio of treats, then – don’t miss.

The Weather Station + Shannon Lay + The Winter Hill Transmission, Tuesday 28 August, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 8pm, £8. thecluny.com