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Music Editorial

shipcotelocal18.jpg Local: Shipcote & Friends

The wonderful Graham Shipcote (pictured) and his band – Shipcote & Friends – are back in October with a super new album which they’re launching at a special gig at the Gosforth Civic Theatre in October.

‘I’m Quite Happy With That’ is the title of the latest long-player from Shipcote & Friends and presumably it’s only natural modesty that stopped them from calling it ‘We’re Over The Sodding Moon With That’. It’s a truly lovely release, featuring their trademark fleecily warm, old-time country sound, which draws on everything from rockabilly (that is rocked ever so gently) to Americana tinged waltz. And Graham’s voice has that Martin Stephenson-like, lean-in-close, lilt to it, which is perfectly complimented by the band including Jon on double bass, Bry on guitar and banjo, and Cath on fiddle and accordion. They’re launching the album at the Gosforth Civic Theatre on 7 October and it should be a really special gig as on support duties are Midnight Run, a high-energy outfit from Tennessee made up of four like-minded musicians who set out to create a band that ties to the rich traditions of bluegrass music and offer up a fresh approach to that “high lonesome sound”. Gonna be good? Gonna be amazing!

Shipcote & Friends + Midnight Run, Sunday 7 October, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Newcastle, 8pm, £10 adv. shipcote.com; gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk