Summertyne Americana Festival Gateshead Sage – Rob Ellen’s Videolog
The Sage Theatre in Gateshead is the Northeast’s offering to new centuary iconic architecture, and happily is also a music venue. Fitting then it services one of the most music sensitive and musically active parts of the country. The Summertyne Americana Festival mirrors and showcases what has always been a Tyneside trait, a love of American Roots music. Think The Animals, Lindisfarne, Mark Knofler, Martin Stephenson, even Jimmy Nail, then seek out The Hotlicks Cookies, Big Vern and The Shooters, Johnny Dickenson, Ray Stubbs (The Blues Man not the sports man off the telly) and you’ve just rippled the surface of what is a deep well-pool of talent dedicated to and in love with American Music in all its forms, supported by a wave of audience appreciation, which has sustained possible Britain’s most happening roots club, The Jumpin Hot Club for nearly 30 years as well as a plethora of pub, folk club and now House Concerts venues, around the North East .
From July 22nd through to the 25th The Sage Gateshead in conjunction with the ‘Jumpin’ Hot Club’ presented four days of the very best. Including a Broadway Musicals with the Northern Sinfonia plus, workshops for children and adults, exhibitions and film screenings even a boat trips to the mouth of the Tyne accompanied by John Miller and his Country Casuals .
Headliners appearing were Solomon Burke, Rosanne Cash Elizabeth Cook and Bob Dylan’s son Jakob Dylan with his band Three Legs .
There are a whole host of other artists appearing on the outdoor ‘Jumping Hot Club’ stage, including The Medicine Shows contribution, East Nashville Revue, as well as The Hi & Lo, Otis Gibbs, The Toy Hearts ,The Handsome Family, The Holmes Brothers, Rita Hoskins, The Grass Mountain Hobos, Sarah Savoy and the Francadians Paul Burch, The Bikini Beach Band and the Quebe Sisters
With concert appearances in a range of indoor venues from Howe Gelb and a Band of Gypsies, Kristin Hersh, Tim Eriksen, Eliza Carthy, Phantom Limb, Jon Cleary and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dayna Kurtz and Rachel Harrington.
Blessed with all that music, we were further blessed by the weather
“Summertyne the weather was fine”, – here is my video log.
Director Ros Rigby set the scene and welcomes the gathering mass’s. then Otis Gibbs on The Jumpin Hot Stage
The East Nashville Revue with Phil Lee, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Tim Carrol and Paul Griffiths.
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