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Music Editorial

milkcartonkids19.jpg 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 January. Mm-mmm.

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale come from Eagle Rock in California. They both had solo careers that meandered along pleasantly enough, but their stuff went by unnoticed by the public at large. They decided to get together – they both shared a love of a delicately picked melody, why not? – and then things really started to happen. Their first two albums won a following and then their third, ‘Monterey’, saw the national press taking an interest with Rolling Stone calling it “a beautifully realised folk recording” and Paste slapping an “exquisite” all over it. 2018’s ‘All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do’ was another breakthrough, winning the pair a Grammy nomination. Their upward curve is purely down to the fact that the pair write the most beautiful folk songs and sing them with real feeling. Their skilful interplay is a joy to behold and this tour should be something special as they’ll be singing songs, old and new, without accompaniment. Support comes from one of the US’s most distinctive voices, Grammy and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter, Ryan Bingham. Gonna be emotional.

The Milk Carton Kids + Ryan Bingham, Wednesday 29 January, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle, 7pm, £20.50-£28. tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk