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Stop! Uke! And Listen!

Armed only with her trusty ukulele, Middlesbrough’s Amelia Coburn is one of the most captivating artists in the north-east.

A couple of years ago, we loved Amelia Coburn so much that we put her on the cover. Back then she traded mainly in cover versions – but what cover versions! Her stripped back take on classic indie and new wave tunes of the 1970s and 80s were real jewels and took in everything from Bowie to The Jam, The Specials to Kate Bush (her dad’s record collection, basically). Since then, this BBC Radio 2 Young Folk nominee has been high-tailing it around the world – chiefly as part of her language studies – and letting a myriad of experiences soak into the original material she has been writing. Now, her influences include not only classic rock and pop, but also folk and jazz (and more). A truly distinctive live performer, Coburn has blossomed at everywhere from the Cambridge Folk Festival to the Czech Ukulele Festival, and she has supported everyone from Vin Garbutt to the Wedding Present (and there’s not too many other artists who can say that). DP

Amelia Coburn + Frazer Lambert, Saturday 11 December, ARC, Stockton, 8pm, from £12.50. arconline.co.uk

Photo courtesy of Howy White

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