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Music Editorial

rowanrhinghans19.jpg Fiddle, banjo and THAT voice

Rowan Rheingans is one of the foremost innovators in folk music today and she’s playing two dates in the region this June.

Rowan Rheingans has already been nominated for five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (and won twice) and that’s before she’s even released an album she can call her own. Her success thus far has come through her work with the acclaimed bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation. Her debut solo album ‘The Line We Draw Together’ is due for release later this summer but before then she is embarking on an ambitious and deeply personal one-woman show ‘Dispatches on the Red Dress’. This will tell the true story of Rheingans’ German grandmother’s youth in 1940s Nazi Germany. With genre-melding fluidity she will weave immersive storytelling around ten new songs, performed with fiddle, banjo, guitar and inventive use of pre-recorded sounds. She is set to perform the show during a two week run at the Edinburgh International Festival, but before that she has two dates in the region. Make sure you’re at one of them. At the very least.

Rowan Rheingans: Friday 7 June, The Witham, Barnard Castle, 7pm, £10/£8, thewitham.org.uk; Wednesday 12 June, Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm, £14, sagegateshead.com