"If you think it sounds good in the cinema, wait until you hear it played live by the full Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus. Stephen Bell conducts The Force is strong with this one."
• OMD celebrate 40 years of making music in the Sage Gateshead date of their special world tour
• GRAMMY award winner and Hogan’s Hero, Albert Lee
• One of Britain’s best-known and celebrated comedians, Sir Lenny Henry
Newcastle Half Term Free Pop-Up Performances
Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November
Call into Sage Gateshead during Newcastle half term week and catch a free pop-up performance in the café area by members of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead’s resident professional orchestra.
Performances last approximately 20 minutes. All performances are free and do not require a ticket.
28 October, 12.30pm
Music includes Mozart’s Oboe Quartet.
29 October, 12.30pm
Music includes Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
30 October, 12.30pm
Music includes Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite.
Spooky Special Thursday
31 October, 12.30pm
Music includes Hermann’s Psycho Suite.
It’s Friday: May the Force be with You
1 November, 5.30pm
Music includes highlights from John Williams’ Star Wars.
More Information: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/halftermpopup/
These performances are free and no booking is required.
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones Plus Roseanne Reid
Monday 28 October 2019 | 8:00pm
Dave Alvin from Downey and Jimmie Dale Gilmore from Lubbock have been filling canvasses with music of the American West for decades, coming from two very different directions.
Alvin has been part of the bands X, the Knitters, and the Flesh Eaters, tours relentlessly with his own band, The Guilty Ones, and continues apace on musical quests informed by his love of California and its history, and by Texas and the South, where most of the great music that was made in Los Angeles before and after the Second World War came from.
The folk-country trio The Flatlanders, formed in Lubbock 1972 with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, who continue performing and recording today. In addition to The Flatlanders and an extended solo career, Gilmore has been part of several ensembles including the Hub City Movers and The Wronglers with Warren Hellman, who started the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.
Alvin is a rowdy baritone. Gilmore, the timekeeper of the high lonesome, warbles. Each is an avatar, an authentic and original creator with a strong sense of place and music.
OMD 40 Years - Greatest Hits plus MiG15
Wednesday 30 October, 7.30pm
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with the announcement of a special world tour, including a Sage Gateshead date. The band will be joined by Martin Cooper and Stuart Kershaw.
“Electronic music is our language” Andy McCluskey says. “It’s how we talk.”
“We’re at our best when we’re in a room together, working,” Paul Humphreys adds. “That’s when the sparks and ideas happen. It’s the same now as it ever was.”
Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/omd-2019/ - SOLD OUT RETURNS ONLY
Brennen Leigh and Noel Mckay plus Shipcote & Friends
Wednesday 30 October, 7.45pm
Texas-cultivated, Nashville-based song writing team Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay are set to embark on their fifth tour of the United Kingdom in October of 2019, following the release of their self-titled second duet album.
Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh met in 2002 through Austin’s vibrant music scene. McKay was part of the regionally popular country and Tex-Mex band McKay Brothers, while the bluegrass and classic country educated Leigh had just arrived in Texas to pursue a solo career. Six years later, the two began writing and touring together, somehow fitting in writing trips to Nashville between tour dates. At first, they often wrote songs on long car trips, one of them behind the wheel of their then touring vehicle, a 1992 Honda Accord wagon. The result was a mix of story songs that continue to delight in a concert setting. The debut album Before the World Was Made is a cult classic; CMA Close Up called it “hilarious, sentimental and profound, usually all at the same time.”
McKay and Leigh are becoming a must-know song writing team; Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Richard Dobson have all recorded songs written by McKay, while artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell and Charley Crockett have released songs written by Leigh. Sarah Borges and Sunny Sweeney, among others, have recorded songs the duo composed. Together they’re an international touring machine; The pair’s dry humour coupled with their well-worn, Louvinesque harmonies, McKay’s uniquely South Texas lead guitar style and Leigh’s raw Delmore Brothers inspired flatpicking and mandolin make for an unforgettable combination.
Wednesday 30 October, 8pm
Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, Double GRAMMY Award Winner Albert Lee is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine singing voice. He has a soulful voice but can equally “tear it up” rock ‘n’ roll style.
Co-writer of Country Boy and writer of many other great songs, always in great demand, he has played on countless sessions worldwide. He has appeared and recorded with many of the finest artists in the music industry, including Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Joan Armatrading, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson and more.
Albert was a member of The Everly Brothers Band, Emmylou Harris’s Hotband and Bill Wymans’ Rhythm Kings and toured extensively with them. He also toured with his own band, Hogan’s Heroes, for many years.
In 2017 Albert was awarded a trailblazer award by the Americana Society of the UK and in late 2018, Albert joined Eric Clapton, Dave Peacock, Joe Brown and Gary Brooker in a memorial concert to celebrate the life of Chas Hodges.
PM Live Ltd. Proudly Presents
An Evening with Lenny Henry: Who am I again?
Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm
Sir Lenny Henry is one of Britain’s best-known and celebrated comedians, with a career which began with cult stardom on children’s television to including writer, radio DJ, TV presenter, co-founder of Comic Relief and award-winning actor.
In the first half of the evening, Lenny will take the audience through a jam-packed session of funny and sad memories and stories – from growing up in the Black Country, puberty, school, friendship, family secrets and unashamed racism. With his mother’s mantra of ‘H’integration’ echoing in his ears, Lenny will recount setting out on his rollercoaster ride of a career – but at every stage wondering: Am I good enough? Is this what they want?
In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career. Come and enjoy these honest and tender stories, told with a glorious sense of humour and help Lenny figure out ‘Who Am I Again?’
Classical Season 2019/20 | Piano Greats
Piano Greats: Anna Vinnitskaya
Friday 1 November 2019 | 7:30pm
· Anna Vinnitskaya piano
· Brahms Four Ballades Op.10
· Bartók Sonata Sz80
· Schumann Novelette in F sharp minor Op.21 No.8
· Schumann Arabesque in C major Op.18
· Chopin Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.35
“A lioness at the keyboard” is how one critic described Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya. And since she’s concluding her Sage Gateshead recital with Chopin’s darkest and most famous piano sonata, you’ll be able to hear for yourself.
Everything about this concert could have been designed to demonstrate the full, remarkable range of a pianist whose artistry is as powerful as it is poetic: Bartók’s peppery Piano Sonata, Schumann’s deeply romantic solo miniatures, and of course, Brahms’ Four Ballades – music as elusive as it is haunting.
Friday 1 November, 8pm
The UK / Swedish Band are the world’s most well-known hang and handpan players with more than 100 million music video views. Their latest offering, the 2018 album Luminous Emptiness, takes you on an amazing musical journey and will be performed alongside the tracks that are enjoyed by a global audience daily.
The band’s new live show will include amazing sonic soundscapes and uplifting beats and bass, all which complement the rich sound of the handpan.
This is the first time that Hang Massive have toured in the UK and the band is excited to play in Gateshead for the first time.
Classical Season 2019/20 | RNS Nights Out
Star Wars Spectacular
Saturday 2 November - Sunday 3 November, 3pm, 7.30pm
Stephen Bell conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
John Williams The Music of Star Wars
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
John Williams’s scores for Star Wars are some of the most rousing pieces of music ever written for the cinema.
As Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights across the universe await the opening of Episode IX, Sage Gateshead celebrates the whole saga so far – from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi, from the sands of Tatooine to the cliffs of Ahch-To.
If you think it sounds good in the cinema, wait until you hear it played live by the full Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus. Stephen Bell conducts: The Force is strong with this one.
Oysterband and June Tabor ‘Fire and Fleet’ Tour
Saturday 2 November, 8pm
One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour. With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live.
The majesty and control of June’s voice combine with the passion of John Jones’ singing and the dynamic drive of Oysterband to illuminate dark traditional ballads and contemporary classics alike. Witness their moving duet version of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, widely regarded as the best-ever reinterpretation of that much-covered track.
Songs from their seminal 1990 album, Freedom & Rain, and their multi-award-winning 2011 follow-up, Ragged Kingdom, will be featured, plus exciting new material.
The Great Geordie Songbook (Volume 1)
Sunday 3 November, 4pm & 8pm
Following the huge successes of Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, The Great Joe Wilson, Hadaway Harry and Carrying David, Wisecrack Productions presents this brilliant new show featuring classic North East songs and comedy.
A tremendous celebration of brilliant local songwriters including Alan Hull, Joe Wilson, Ned Corvan, Geordie Ridley, Billy Mitchell, Judy Dinning, Tommy Armstrong, Alex Glasgow, Johnny Handle and Pete Scott.
Starring some of the region’s biggest theatre stars: Micky Cochrane, Sarah Boulter and Jamie Brown with top musicians Rachael McShane and Jordan Miller. Featuring brilliant musical comedy from Gavin Webster and Josh Daniels.
Moon Duo plus Carnival Moon DJs
Sunday 3 November, 7.45pm
San Francisco’s Moon Duo are a psychedelic Krautrock band with chilly electronic underpinnings and drones inspired by Spacemen 3, Silver Apples, and Suicide.
The group formed in 2009 and began issuing releases in short order, including Love on the Sea, which they followed with the Killing Time EP. Moon Duo then made the jump to Woodsist for 2010’s full-length Escape, which offered the most expansive and melodic take on their trippy sounds yet.
After touring nearly incessantly following that release, Moon Duo moved their operation to the Souterrain Transmissions imprint in Berlin for Mazes later in the year, recording the set at home in San Francisco and mixing it in Germany. The album, released in the spring of 2011, followed widely acclaimed performances at SXSW; the band’s sound on that record focused more on tightly written (and brightly produced) songs with fixed drum machine-made motorik rhythms. The set also got the remix treatment later in the year with participation from Psychic Ills, Purling Hiss, and Sonic Boom, to name a few.