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Music Editorial

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Teesside’s very own BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Amelia Coburn is one of the most captivating performers in the north-east and she’s got three (THREE!) dates in the region this month.

Amelia Coburn has one of those pure as a mountain stream voices that instantly holds you rapt, and the first time I heard her I thought to myself: “Oh god, she’s good, but what on earth is she singing about: ‘Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate…’ Hang on! That’s a Smiths song!” And it was true. Because she manages to take some of the real classics of rock, pop, indie and new wave and put her own unique spin on them. Nothing is beyond her, from stuff by The Specials to Kate Bush, Bowie to the Beatles, she’s got them all nailed. And in between her studies she has been in big demand on the festival circuit playing the Cambridge Folk Festival, Costa Del Folk (in Ibiza), Mark Radcliffe’s stage at the Knutsford Music Festival and At the Edge of the Sea (curated by The Wedding Present’s David Gedge, a band she’s no doubt familiar with, despite her tender years). Naturally, she has also been working on her own original material too, and no doubt she’ll be treating us to some of them – along with her amazing covers – at these three dates.

Amelia Coburn: Sunday 23 December, Musiclounge, Stockton, 5.30pm, £10, musicloungestockton.co.uk; Friday 28 December, Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Gilesgate Moor, Durham, 7pm, £10, oldcinemalaunderette.com; Saturday 29 December, The Exchange, North Shields, 7.30pm, £10-£17, attheexchange.info