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Blurring Those Genre Expectations

The north-east has a new star in the offing in the shape of Jodie Nicholson, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who bends folk-pop, indie and electronica into something rather thrilling.

In 2020 Jodie Nicholson was awarded funding from both Help Musicians ‘Do It Differently’ and PRS Foundation’s ‘Woman Make Music’ – both prestigious awards – but it was her single ‘Move’, produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar, Rae Morris) that really set many a taste-maker’s cultural antennae a-twitching. An incantatory slice of folktronica, which is all gently babbling beats and ethereal vocals, it shouldered its way onto many a playlist including that of BBC Radio 6. Nicholson hails from Hurworth-on-Tees, a village south of Darlingon, and, by all accounts, was influenced of her dad’s love of prog rock and her mother’s love for 70s pop (and beyond). It sounds like a good grounding because Nicholson can undoubtedly pen hook-laden melodies, but she also knows how to give them a tweak to always keep them interesting. Expect this shooting star to light up 2022 like no other. DP

Jodie Nicholson: Saturday 5 February, Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 7.30pm, £10. georgiantheatre.co.uk; Saturday 12 February, Cluny 2, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £10. thecluny.com

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