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Music Editorial

docsoc19.jpg An end and a beginning

One of the region’s best-loved folk bands, Doctor Socrates, are playing their final ever gig in October, but that’s far from the end…

Since the 1990s Doctor Socrates have been waving the flag for the region, and Tyneside in particular, with a whole bunch of folk/roots/rock songs that are steeped in Geordie folklore and culture. They belong to a rich lineage that includes songwriters such as Geordie Wilson, Joe Wilson and Alan Hull, and for their final gig they’re promising everyone a “rollicking good time”. But the band are not slipping quietly into the night. They’re also behind the ‘Cabinet of Souls’ project which will consist of a website and a “steam punk Victorian video/jukebox” (an extraordinary construction), which will initially contain approximately fifty songs all about the north-east, recorded by the band and people in West Walker. And band vocalist Phil Kitchen isn’t hanging up his mic, either. He’s prepared to do workshops and small gigs on request. He also wants people to contact him if they feel they have recorded material that can be added to the site. Contact: sphilkitchen@outlook.com

Doctor Socrates, Saturday 19 October, Star & Shadow, Warwick Street, Newcastle, 7.45pm, £6. facebook.com/docsocmusic