JACK SAVORETTI | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 12.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

JACK SAVORETTI | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 12.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Jack Savoretti | The Wandering Hearts – 12th July 2019 – Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)


Rain was forecast for the evening on the second night of Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Tynemouth but it tried so hard to stay away and it did for the opening act of the night, The Wandering Hearts.

This trio of Tara, Chess and AJ got the party started with the upbeat Fire And Water and then showed Tynemouth what they could really do with their harmonies with Heartbreak Hotel and then stripping it back a little with Wish I Could. They brought everything with their first three songs whereas with most gigs it’s generally one way or the other for two of the first three songs if not all three before changing the vibe. But with The Wandering Hearts there is something special and to start your night with them and their backing band you could not have asked for a better way to see in the weekend.

There were quite a few in the crowd purely there for The Wandering Hearts with added bonus of headliner Jack Savoretti and with the majority doing it the other way round so to hear many be blown away by a support act is quite something. In fact they got genuine boo’s when they introduced their final song Devil and a little chant of ‘we want more’ started. I have seen the majority of live shows The Wandering Hearts have performed in Tyneside since they started to carve a name for themselves so to see their fan base grow and to hear first timers in awe of them as soon as they sing their first note genuinely puts a smile on my face so I can only imagine how they feel when they see it happening before their own eyes.

What also is great to see is that although they are vocal-harmony led, they sure are getting to move on stage that bit more too and with each performance, I have seen they are growing more in their vocals and personalities and keeping their feet on the ground. There is a genuine admiration for anyone who crosses the path of The Wandering Hearts and a truly great compliment for Jack Savoretti to have them open for him on these special dates that have seen him play in the woods to the remains of a castle by the North Sea in Tynemouth.

Jack Savoretti is the headliner this evening and it seemed nature knew what his setlist was as the clouds become darker and the orchestral feel to the opening of Candlelight begins sets the perfect mood, as the crowd roar when they see him step onto the stage. Atmospheric is the word, especially when the heavens finally do open for I Will Follow You. And a huge credit to the staff at the festival walking around giving punters ponchos, however with or without the ponchos everyone was lost in the magic of the music and dancing and singing with the rain. Yes, with and not in! There is definitely something euphoric about letting nature and the music wash all over us and Jack feels this as he tells the crowd he’s never seen so many smiling faces in the rain and that they are warriors for doing so.

“We’ve been travelling a lot…up on stage with me tonight I have a man from Brazil, a man Spain, a man from Scotland and a man from Denmark….and one thing we have in common is that there is a lot more to us than the languages we speak, the flags we wave, the football teams we support, the lives we just happen to be born into,” is the message he brings to the crowd as he goes into the upbeat Tie Me Down.

Jack Savoretti, like The Wandering Hearts, brought everything to the table through the power of music. The people were dancing and the drinks were flowing and people of all ages and races were joining in together. What a special evening and a special message he gave us. To make it more special he takes to the stage with a solo spotlight for the encore to sing, Singing To Strangers, before the rest of the band rejoin him with The Wandering Hearts lending extra harmonies to Going Home and on that note we did go home, or to the pub, and with our musical hearts beating.

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NADINE SHAH | 08.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse | REVIEW and PHOTOS

NADINE SHAH | 08.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Nadine Shah | Annabel Allum – 8th July 2019 – Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

In its 15th year, Mouth Of The Tyne festival kickstarted on the Monday before the string of nights at Tynemouth’s Priory with a headline show from North East’s own Nadine Shah. Nadine’s voice is not only deep, soulful and raw but also a voice of power and a voice to be heard especially as she mixes in old and new material including some from the Mercury nominated Holiday Destination for this night at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.

Nadine has never been shy of speaking her own mind. From the moment she is in front of the microphone you feel her words pull you in and are immediately transfixed on the messages in her music. She tells us about how Holiday Destination ‘got legs and gained momentum’ but there is still so much more to do’ and urges the audience to ‘leave the gig with positivity and charge your activism.’ Watching some of the audience members in the crowd you could see that they were taking on this message. Nadine engages her audience for every second she is on the stage with her band. She has a ‘power stance’ as she performs and sometimes sways like a heavyweight boxer ready for the fight, a bit like shall we say, floating like a butterfly and a sting of a bee, as she stares out into the audience. It’s a stare that locks you in and engage with the message she is sending out.

The performance is very honest and open throughout the evening. We get to see the other side of Nadine in her warm, down to earth and personal approach in making sure everyone has a drink and toilet break to a shout out the nurses from the NHS who are there this night. She also tells us about the cancellation of her last tour as she needed time out and she recognises many ticket holders from those dates are in the audience but there are also many faces that she does not recognise, proving that Holiday Destination, although it didn’t have the ‘Adele factor’ of reaching the masses, it was definitely getting the message out there. That is how strong music is and seeing it performed by someone with such a genuine passion for every word she sings sends out a more powerful message.

The crowd is stirred by this and in this dark room you can see the outlines of bodies standing up echoing the performer before them. Roars are loud between songs especially when she dedicates Mother Fighter to the most inspiring and bravest woman she knows, her mother, and to Raghda who spurred on the song. Nadine is pumped throughout the night and as she closes it out with Out The Way she jumps off the stage and runs through the audience to the back of the room then back down onto a speaker on the stage. You can feel the energy and it pulsates through everyone witnessing it.

The same can be said of her support Annabel Allum (unfortunately I missed opening act The Dawdler). Most of the audience are in their seats and some rush back from the bar to catch her set as she and her band take to the stage in their boiler suits not too dissimilar to how you would imagine Maverick, Goose and I guess Ice Man from Top Gun but they carry it off with confidence. I am guessing most of the audience actually have no idea who Annabel Allum is but getting to take photos from the aisle for the third number you could feel they were taken by her and the energetic deliverance of the music.
Energy, power and passion. If I had to sum up this night of music those are the three words that would do it.

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EMMY THE GREAT | BISHI | 29.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

EMMY THE GREAT | BISHI | 29.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Emmy The Great | Bishi – 29th May 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

It was a night of everything from people drawing, to human keyboard stands and lyric prompters to even someone telling the audience that The Pixies were on the phone (well the ring tone was them!) but before all this we had an electrofused sitar set in the form musician Bishi donning a somewhat Morticia Adams/Cruella De Vil hairstyle. She’s got style, she’s got substance and she mesmerised us with things I never thought could be heard from a sitar.

The crowd were somewhat dumbfounded and some, once they finished telling each other about their evening meal, were under the spell of Bishi who loop pedals her vocals and commands the audience with power stances and stares which are quite a contrast for what was to come but one thing for sure, if you witness Bishi live, it is one name you won’t forget and I am imagining that maybe her own headline show will be something big and bolder than what we had on this night.

So, Emmy The Great. I was actually going to start this review with pure cheesiness by saying that yes, she is great and well, thank fook for that but what is it that makes her great?

This tour is the 10th Anniversary celebration of Emmy’s first album, First Love. In those ten years she’s had a Second Love and other releases and is celebrating coming off maternity leave from having her first child and returned to Newcastle to play the first venue she ever played in this city. The night is all about celebration and reminiscing that there are some in the crowd that mouth every word that is sung by Emmy keeping her in check. If you follow Emmy on the socials, she’s made no secret that she has been somewhat suffering baby brain. She has also stated that she doesn’t like calling her fans ‘fans’ and this is what the night feels like. She’s connecting with those friends that you don’t see for a long time and when you do you just pick it up from where you left off, even for the 2-3 people in the crowd that have never seen or heard her play.

Emmy has her setlist ready which is simply a playback of First Love. She gives us a commentary of most songs including the MIA encounter which she says should have led to a sticky on the album as “cute but offensive!” The ‘interlude’ song, Easter Parade Part 2, follows where she jokingly invites the audience to top up their drinks and even exchange sketches as one gig goer, Jim, actually sketches throughout her set. She engages the audience as much as she can throughout on a personal level leading to great short exchanges, otherwise people are just living the album like they did ten years ago with many singing along especially that one audience member, Helen,  right in her line of view nailing every word with the exception of Emmy just getting right into it and sings ‘fuck on your grave’ rather than ‘piss on your grave’ during the title track which then leads the room singing in chorus for the rest.

Closing the night she invites Gary on stage who at her show the previous night in Sheffield to take on the roll to steady her keyboard for the closing track of the night, Everything Reminds Me Of You. And as she goes to step off the stage to a thunderous roar she returns to sing the last song from the album which is City Song and then into three of the four bonus songs on the album. The album has a few extras in sound but tonight it is Emmy, her guitars, a keyboard and a roomful of ‘friends’ reminiscing the good times through heartbreak to celebrity references. It was one of the most relaxed and fun nights of music I have had and this is the first time in her 10year plus career that I got to experience the greatness of Emmy The Great live and surely it won’t be another ten until I get to do this all over again.

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GOV’T MULE | 28.05.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

GOV’T MULE | 28.05.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Gov’t Mule – 28th May 2019 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Govt Mule are a jam band that features a powerhouse lineup of musicians, including the Allman Brothers’ Warren Haines on lead guitar and vocals, Matt Abts leading the groove on drums with clockwork precision, Jorgen Carlsson on bass and Danny Louis on keys.

It’s difficult to predict what you’re going to get at a Mule gig – the band are renowned for taking a potential setlist of hundreds of songs on tour with them, they’re not encumbered by having any ‘anthems’ that they’re obliged to include. What you can guarantee is an evening that includes some deep cuts, unexpected covers, and extended jams all delivered with stunning musicianship.

The band decided to kick things off in an atmospheric fashion, starting the slow slide guitar led Hammer and Nails, then into Larger than Life and Whisper in Your Soul, which all showcased the band’s masterful control of dynamics, which would be a recurring theme throughout the night. The number of extended jams and slow-burning songs may have been a bit heavy to digest for a casual listener, but the Newcastle crowd (consisting of many well-known local musicians) appreciated the talent on show.

That’s not to say that the gig was simply an exercise in musical over-indulgence, there were still plenty of ‘hookier’ songs in the set too.’ Fool’s Moon’, ‘Slackjawed Jezebel’ and a pair of songs from the band’s new album Revolution Come, Revolution Go (‘Stone Cold Rage’ and ‘Drawn that Way’) were some of the highlights of the first set.

The second set included some exceptional cover versions, ‘Don’t let Me Be Misunderstood’ featured some mesmerising instrumental sections, ‘30 Days in the Hole’ elicited the obvious cheer from the crowd for the “Newcastle Brown will sure smack you down” lyric, but the highlight of the set was a goosebump-inducing rendition of the Allman Brothers’ ‘Soulshine’.

The band closed off the night with Warren Haines giving yet another slide guitar masterclass on a couple of blues covers, leaving the stage to rapturous applause, having given every musician in the room a kick up the arse to get practicing!

Set One:

Hammer and Nails (The Staple Singers cover)
Larger Than Life
Whisper in Your Soul
Fool’s Moon
Birth of the Mule
Stone Cold Rage
Drawn That Way
Slackjaw Jezebel

Set Two:

I’ll Be Creepin’ (Free cover)
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone cover)
Mule
Soulshine (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
Broke Down on the Brazos
Tributary Jam
Time to Confess
30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie cover)
I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ray Charles cover)

Encore:

Come On in My Kitchen (Robert Johnson cover)
Gonna Send You Back to Georgia (A City Slick) (Timmy Shaw cover)

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THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 3 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 3 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

This is Tomorrow Festival Day 3 – May 2019 – Newcastle Exhibition Park

Photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Here’s an extended photo gallery from day three of 2019’s This is Tomorrow Festival!

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THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 2 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 2 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

This is Tomorrow Festival Day 2 – May 2019 – Newcastle Exhibition Park

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Here’s an extended photo gallery from day two of 2019’s This is Tomorrow Festival!

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THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 1 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 1 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

This is Tomorrow Festival Day 1 – May 2019 – Newcastle Exhibition Park

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JASON LYTLE | MALOJIAN 20.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | PHOTOS

JASON LYTLE | MALOJIAN 20.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | PHOTOS

Jason Lytle | Malojian – 20th May 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

Here’s an extended photo gallery from a recent gig I covered for NARC Magazine. My first time seeing Malojian and I was spellbound from the start. I’ve adored Grandaddy for the best part of two decades and it was incredible to hear these songs in such a stripped back fashion. Casting a new light on old songs and I came away with more appreciation of them. Such powerful compositions that worked tremendously well as solo pieces. Just a magical night.

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MASSIVE WAGONS | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

MASSIVE WAGONS | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

Massive Wagons – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

Since Massive Wagosn were also incredibly fantastic to photo I decided to do an separate and extended gallery of their set with The Wildhearts

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TOWERS OF LONDON | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

TOWERS OF LONDON | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

Towers Of London – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

Since Towers of London were so incredibly fantastic to photo I decided to do an separate and extended gallery of their set with The Wildhearts

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