SummerTyne Americana Festival 2018: Free Stages

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Some of the finest musicians get together across two free stages of sizzling music during SummerTyne Americana Festival. The SummerTyne Free stages are brought to you in partnership with Jumpin Hot Club and Americana Music Association UK.

Jumpin’ Hot Stage

Fri 20 July
12pm
Sam Gibson
Sam Gibson is a long standing & seasoned touring artist with experience which belies his age. His song writing and unique guitar based blend of acoustic Americana really stands out from the crowd.

1pm
Jinski
Jinski are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and guitarist Dave Kennedy, a partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern.

2pm
Portraits
Portraits are a young neo soul quintet led by Georgia Turnbull.

3pm
Little Mo Trio
Spending a lifetime singing the Blues, nobody does it better than Mo Scott and her cohorts. Mo’s powerhouse voice is one of life’s musical miracles.

4pm
Gem Andrews Band
Newcastle based songstrss Gem Andrews makes music that is deeply rooted in alt-country and rootsy folk, with her fiercely independent voice carrying inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.

5pm
Sour Mash Trio
Mixing Country, Rockabilly & Roots music Influences from Jonny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Wayne Hancock & more…with their very own self-penned tunes, these guys sound like 50’s era Sun records, but in the modern age.

Sat 21 July
12pm
Tom Blackwell
Tom Blackwell is a prolific singer songwriter and performer based in the North of England. Tom’s work is influenced by country, soul, blues, gospel & American folk music. “Wonderful, Heartfelt Music” Bob Harris, BBC radio 2.

2pm
The Rosellys + Rachel Laven
From San Antonio Texas singer and songwriter, Rachel Laven is a force of nature on stage, fierce in her abilities and holding her own in the midst of seasoned pickers and performers she captivates with her smiling lyricism and the timbre of her voice. The Rosellys capture the essence of country, with folk ingredients baked into a transatlantic roots fusion.

4pm
Arkansas Dave
“Arkansas” Dave Pennington was born and raised in the piney swamps of South Arkansas. Bred on blues and rock n roll, Dave cut his teeth playing in dive bars and… the best honky tonks Arkansas has to offer. He plays his raw blend of Rock, Blues, Punk, Grunge and Country delivered with a grit that will shake you to the core. He makes his UK debut with his full band.

6pm
William The Conqueror The Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners .The indie-rock three piece channel classic blues and southern rock through a indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.

Sun 22 July
12pm
CD Wallum Trio
CD Wallum trio play timeless, vernacular music from America .Be it the string bands of East Texas, or the jug bands of Kentucky. “Songs so jolly they could persuade Robert Crumb to don a dress and jitterbug!” – Blabber n Smoke.

2pm
Strange Blue Dreams
Dramatic pop, gypsy swing, skiffle, doo-wop and ballads from the music hall to the jet-age neatly describe this dark & brooding quintet from Glasgow.

4pm
Hymn For Her
Popular visitors to SummerTyne, The American duo Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”

6pm
Curse of Lono
From London, one of THE most exciting new americana bands around…last seen at SummerTyne opening for Chuck Prophet, mixing influences like Wilco, The Velvet Underground and The Doors. “Exile On Main Street meets William Faulkner.” CLASSIC ROCK.

Concourse Stage

Fri 20 July
6pm
Wandering Hearts
Right now, no Americana bill is complete without The Wandering Hearts. The four piece have taken the UK Americana and Country scene by storm with a string of high profile appearances following the release of their debut EP Burning Bridges. The band also won the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at the UK Americana Awards 2018. The Wandering Hearts are reminiscent of First Aid Kit, Of Monsters and Men and Chris Stapleton, whilst keeping their British roots at the very heart of their music.

10.30pm
The Often Herd
Local heroes The Often Herd show the Americana world how it’s done! Reaching beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying the wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. An engaging and dynamic live act, the band are able to pull off their intricately arranged material alongside moments of exciting, spontaneous improvisation. Flock to the herd; you won’t be disappointed.

Sat 21 July
1pm
Melanie Greggain Band
You may remember her as one half of British Country Duo Luke & Mel, but the multi-award winning Melanie Greggain recently released her debut solo single “Ready to… Run”, hitting the No.1 spot on the UK Country Singer-songwriter iTunes chart and has embarked on a solo career with an abundance of BBC coverage and is taking 2018 by storm!

3pm
Lucas & King
Lucas & King write songs of simplicity and depth that pull influence from classic genres of music, from Country to 60’s Pop. No frills; Unassuming, subtle and sincere. From Southampton, Lucas and King are a truly exciting young duo emerging on the UK Americana scene.

5pm
Peter Donegan
Peter Donegan barely needs any introduction in the North East! The son of legendary Godfather of British Rock & Roll and Skiffle’ Lonnie Donegan who influenced everyone from the Beatles to the White Stripes! Peter is primarily a singer-songwriter and piano player who also plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukelele and with his entertaining live shows, has a rightful place at a British Americana festival!

7pm
The Rosellys + Rachel Laven
A second slot from Texan Rachel Laven & The Rosellys with their dynamic blend of alt-country, folk roots.

10.30pm
Blue Highways A new find for SummerTyne, Blue Highways are a four piece Americana band, based out of Harrow, London. Named for the forgotten highways and roads that linked American towns and cities, The Blue Highways take inspiration from American roots music fused to create a soulful blend of vocal harmonies and an alt-country sound.

11.30pm
Arkansas Dave A second slot for “Arkansas” Dave Pennington. Dave cut his teeth playing in dive bars and… the best honky tonks Arkansas has to offer. From the blues to gospel to rock n roll, his work comes full circle showcasing his raw talent. A self taught musician, Dave’s songs are interestingly original, blended with the humble sounds of the South.

Sun 22 July
1pm
Georgie
Georgie hails from Mansfield and is a rising star singer-songwriter with her own unique style, who has already toured supporting Jake Bugg and Blossoms. Catch her on her way up.

2.15pm
SummerTyne Country Legends Pop Up Choir!

3pm
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs are an Alt Country/Americana duo from Bristol, comprising of brothers Adam and Lawrence Purnell. The powerful, passionate vocals of younger brother Lawrence have been turning heads since their burst onto the scene in 2017 but their carefully crafted songs and energetic performances have made a lasting and memorable impact and they have already toured with Margo Price and Striking Matches.

5pm
Roseanne Reid
At 25, Edinburgh-born Roseanne Reid’s distinct smoky vocals and honest song-writing style have earned her many admirers including Country Legend Steve Earle, who repeatedly invites her to his annual songwriting retreats in the states. One to watch.

7pm
Strange Blue Dreams
A second set from this Glasgow quintet who were described by Vic Galloway (BBC) as a Glaswegian version of the legendary Nashville A-team of the late 1950’s, the band comprises five of Scotland’s most in demand roots musicians playing dramatic pop, gypsy swing, skiffle, doo-wop and ballads.

10.30pm
Orphan Colours
Firmly at the centre of the London country scene Orphan Colours were born out of several collaborations. Including several members of Danny & The Champions of The World, the band have some impressive credentials and are being championed by BBC 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris.

11.30pm
Hymn For Her
A second slot of high octane, mind blowing hill-billy, by SummerTyne favourites to close the weekend!

See the full SummerTyne Americana Festival 2018 line-up

Change of Line-up
The lead singer/bassist with Bessie & The Zinc Buckets has had major knee surgery in France and is sadly unable to travel so unfortunately The Buckets have had to pull out of this Friday’s Summertyne Outdoor stage spot…they are very disappointed. As a like for like replacement we have secured the wonderful Sour Mash Trio.

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