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Read and Wright

Earlier this year, Martha Wainwright published a much-lauded memoir that was about growing up in a bohemian musical family (which also touched on her experiences with love, loss, motherhood and divorce), but it’s her musical output that will surely secure her legacy.

Martha Wainwright’s memoir is entitled ‘Stories I Might Regret Telling You’, and boy does she have some stories to tell – and with little wonder. She was born into musical royalty, the daughter of folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III and is sister to singer Rufus Wainwright. Her world was filled with musical legends – think the likes of Emmylou Harris and Leonard Cohen – and she initially struggled to make her own mark in such a milieu. But when she released her eponymous debut album in 2005 (which contained one of her most famous songs – the blistering ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’) critical acclaim duly arrived at her door. She followed that with a clutch of searing releases, culminating in last year’s ‘Love Will Be Reborn’, which many critics labelled as her best yet. Live, she is a real force of nature and I think we can safely label her latest journey to the north-east as long-awaited. JL

Martha Wainwright + Roseanna Reid, Sunday 7 August, Wylam Brewery, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £27.50. 


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