I’ll get my Coatsworth
John Coatsworth’s beautifully fluid depictions of local scenes can be seen at his first exhibition in 13 years at Gateshead’s Central Library.
Your favourite new band
Are Working Men’s Club the great new indie guitar hopes for 2020. Yes, indeed. They’re this and so much more. Find out exactly what they’ve got when they play Stockton’s Georg...
Menzingers at work
Philadelphia-based punkers The Menzingers are bang on top of their game – as evinced by 2019’s fab ‘Hello Exile’ album – and they’re playing Riverside in Newcastle this Februa...
Polly! Annie! Sorted!
Polly Paulusma is amazing. Annie Dressner is amazing. Put them together on a co-headlining tour and you’ve got the kind of amazingness you could barely even dream of.
Pining for PINS
Manchester’s PINS are one of my favourite indie-guitar bands of the last 10 years and – praise be! – they’re visiting Sunderland in February.
The Jive Aces will be getting into the swing of things when they visit Hexham and Durham this February.
The Teal thing
The multi-award winning jazz artist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal will be celebrating the golden age of song at Gala Theatre in Durham this February.
Local scene: Brooke Bentham
This South Shields lass grabbed our attention way back in the mists of 2017 but we’ve had to wait until 2020 for her debut album to land. Has it been worth it? Read on for the...
Local Scene: PLAZA
Who doesn’t love a band that spell their name in caps? (Answer: no one.) And now Hartlepool’s finest have put all their lovely melodies in caps, too.
Joining the folk dots
The well-travelled Franc Cinelli is one of the most captivating folk artists around today and has drawn comparisons with everyone from John Martyn to Ravi Shankar. He’s playin...
Valentine’s Day date with Ali?
The multi-talented Ali Sethi is live in concert at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle on Friday 14 February. Fancy that!
Come all ye rolling minstrels
The – and I’m not afraid to bandy the word around in their case – legendary folk outfit, Fairport Convention, are coming to Sage Gateshead in early February. This is not a dri...
All right. Don’t milk it.
US duo The Milk Carton Kids are one of the most lauded folk acts in the US and they’re bringing their tingle-up-your-spine harmonies to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Jan...