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The Girl With The Replaceable Head! David Lance Callahan! Helen McCookerybook! They’re all playing The Cumberland Arms this April. Oh my!

If you’ve got anything about you (and I’m sensing that you have), then you should be all over this. The Girl With The Replaceable Head are local indie heroes who number Lindy Morrison (yes, THAT Lindy Morrison, of The Go-Betweens) and Mick Porter (bass supremo) among their ranks. The band is all set to launch their new album ‘Sometimes She Lives In The Dark, Sometimes She Lives In The Light’, which is your copper-bottomed guarantee of good tunes by the score. If that wasn’t enough then the rest of the bill is also packing heat. I’m talking David Lance Callahan, the fella who founded The Wolfhounds in the 80s, a band who were part of the C86 generation. He’s now hitting us up with his debut solo album ‘English Primitive I’. I’m also talking Helen McCookerybook, founder member of bands The Chefs and Helen and the Horns, both of whom recorded numerous Peel Sessions. Her latest album was 2022’s ‘Drawing On My Dreams’ and it’s a real leftfield melange of folk, blues, alt-country and more. Quick! Sound that ‘Gig Of The Month’ klaxon! DP

The Girl With The Replaceable Head + David Lance Callahan + Helen McCookerybook, Friday 26 April, The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle, 8pm, £8 adv/£10 door,