Pine still a pioneer

Two of the key architects of the British jazz renaissance of the 1980s hit the region over the coming week for shows at The Sage Gateshead.

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Cluny draws distinctive pair

Two distinctive voices and outstanding attractions are due at The Cluny in Ouseburn, Newcastle.

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Under Milk Wood

He's the boss Toon Strangler

For a man who has been in the music business nearly three decades, it's hardly surprising Hugh Cornwell's back catalogue boasts songs even he finds hard to remember.

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Michael Ball

Pubs take on the 'big boys'

A North pub chain yesterday launched a bid to beat the region's supermarkets at their own game with a money off scheme for Christmas drinks.

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Marketing the region's most creative talent

A market selling designer gear alongside vintage and retro goods is to be launched in an up-and-coming North-East suburb tomorrow.

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Over the next few months there is an exciting prospect for up-and-coming North East bands to clinch a record contract and get touted around London.

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Ingrid Laubrock and Trioscope

Season of live music

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The arrival of autumn heralds the start of a frenetic period of live music activity as musicians head out on major national tours.

The Ska King still rules in reggae

One of reggae's founding fathers launches the 2006 Boss Sounds Festival with his first ever gig in Newcastle tonight.

Orange Lights put soul in their rock

The Orange Lights are set to get up close and personal with an audience in Newcastle this week.

Home-grown's looking healthy

The best thing about the recent achievements of bands like Maximo Park and The Futureheads is that people are starting to realise just how many other good bands there are in the region.

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The Rumble Strips and friends

Ex-Stone is a solid musician

Next weekend's International Guitar Festival at The Sage Gateshead brings together a choice collection of players from the fields of flamenco, classical, jazz, blues and world music.

My valley is so much greener now

A decade ago, Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley suffered from fly tipping, vandalism and a lack of economic investment.

Scissor Sisters cut it at Arena

Flamboyant pop act, the Scissor Sisters will play Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on November 18.

A Match for anyone

Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid will lead the ex-professionals when hit TV show The Match returns to St James's Park, Newcastle, for the third series.

A double decker and pint chaser

Einstein's theory of relativity may be E=mc², but it has little in common with everyday life.

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Major players on the North East's rock scene Novasmoke have just released their latest album, entitled ...

New band on scene

If you moaned at all about having to work in the recent heat wave that swept the nation, perhaps you should count your blessings and spare a thought for Manchester-based band, The Longcut.

Talent that he can't Hideaway

Early August already and time to welcome a fixture of the North East summer music scene, plus a first-time visit for an American country performer of near-legendary status.

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As deep and as dark as the Tyne flows, the region's current music scene is as soaked in musical heritage.

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Farewell Concert Part One

Uncle Sam music feast

An unprecedented array of talent descends on Tyneside this weekend for the first American Music Festival, centred in and around The Sage, Gateshead.

High-octane gig assured

A Blaydon gig by Birmingham-born blues performer, Ian Parker and his band gets a busy week off to a flying start.

Roadshows on tourism

Officials from the Northumberland Tourism organisation are holding a series of roadshows for holiday businesses in the county to explain more about its work.

Modern one-man band

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Rising star of the music world Joff Whitten with his 21st Century one-man band is making a long-awaited visit to Newcastle.

Survivor stars to shine on

Resilience and durability, those two key characteristics essential for modern living, are demonstrated graphically in some high-profile artists visiting the area.

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Coeliac sufferers can raise glass to new gluten-free beers

The region's most enterprising pub group has introduced beers for people who normally can't tolerate it.

Bookies' big move

The only bookmaker in Haltwhistle is moving to larger premises in the town.

Carling all music fans

The biggest happening on the Newcastle music scene in a decade takes place next week.

Gearing up for Route 66 to help charity

Three Northumberland motorcyclists are to fulfil every biker's dream by riding a Harley Davidson down America's Route 66, hoping to raise over £5,000 for charity.

Creating headlines

Who would have thought music could be this good again. After the early 90s which saw the stratospheric rise of groups like Oasis and the Stone Roses, music hit a definite slump.

Farewell to gentle soul of mirth

Family, friends and fellow musicians gathered yesterday to say a last farewell to Keith Morris, whose tragic death at the age of 52 has left a big hole in the region's musical community.

Celebration of the life of North musical maestro Keith Morris

There will be a celebration of the life of Keith Morris at 2pm today at the Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle, followed by a family ceremony at the West Road Crematorium.

Some great names coming to North East venues

These days it is common for musicians to simply use the name, for career purposes, which appears on their birth certificate.


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