• 23

    Dec

    Lindisfarne

    Newcastle City Hall

    LINDISFARNE was born in 1970 when Newcastle singer-songwriter Alan Hull joined Rod Clements, Si Cowe, Ray Jackson and Ray Laidlaw, collectively known as Brethren (formerly the Downtown Faction blues band). The new combination’s music, an immediately distinctive blend of Alan’s poetic lyricism and Brethren’s rootsy instrumental style, soon came to the attention of independent label Charisma, and their first album, Nicely Out Of Tune, was released before the year was out.   Though initial sales were slow, Nicely Out Of Tune was acclaimed by the metropolitan media who saw the Tyneside tunesmiths’ unpretentious style and effortless connection with their audience as a breath of fresh air in a jaded scene. The album contained several future Lindisfarne classics – Lady Eleanor, Road To Kingdom Come, Winter Song, Clear White Light and We Can Swing Together (all still staples of the band’s live set) – and paved the way for a major breakthrough the following year.   The media buzz surrounding Lindisfarne attracted legendary American producer Bob Johnston (whose credits included albums by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Simon & Garfunkel) to work on the follow-up, and the result – 1971’s Fog On The Tyne – brought the success so many had predicted. The first single from the album (the Rod Clements-penned Meet Me On The Corner) charted at number 5, propelling Fog to the top of the U.K. album chart and securing its place as the top-selling U.K. album of the year. Meanwhile Lindisfarne were headlining nationwide tours (supported by upcoming young hopefuls such as Genesis) and making extensive forays into the U.S.A. and Europe, their direct, unconventional approach to live performance unchanged from the early days, to the delight of audiences everywhere.

    • Ticket price:£35/ £25 / £20
    • Ticket hotline:0871 220 0260
    • Show time:19:30