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Latest Lindisfarne line up are gearing up for debut gig at Newcastle Racecourse

Founding member of the folk-rock band, Rod Clements joined the band following Ray Jackson's departure earlier in the year

The latest line up of North East folk-rock band, Lindisfarne have been busy rehearsing a collection of classic hits ahead of their upcoming race day performance at Newcastle Racecourse.

The band have been hidden away within the racecourse grounds and this has proved to be the ideal location for rehearsals.

The special gig on Saturday June 6 will be their first performance at the Gosforth Park venue, and will of course feature a collection of back catalogue classics including Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On the Corner, Run For Home and Fog on the Tyne.

The gig will also offer the band’s new line up - following the stepping down of founder member Ray Jackson earlier this year - their first public outing.

Dave Hull-Denholm, Steve Daggett, Charlie Harcourt and Ian Thomson, along with former Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson and fiddle player Tom Leary will be joined by their latest ‘new recruit’; founding member Rod Clements, who has permanently re-joined the band.

Commenting on the response he’s received since announcing his return, Rod said: “I’ve been very touched by the many positive comments following the announcement earlier this year that I have rejoined Lindisfarne.

“Jacka’s decision to retire in January 2015 marked the end of an era, but Lindisfarne has never been about any one individual. “To everyone who cares about the band’s history and future, I would say that the rich legacy of music, songs and live performances associated with the Lindisfarne name couldn’t be in safer hands.”

The new line up marks the starts of another chapter in the band’s history, which spans more than four decades. Originally a five piece: Alan Hull, Ray Jackson, Ray Laidlaw, Simon Cowe and Rod, Lindisfarne enjoyed a string of hit singles, a best selling album with Fog On The Tyne in 1972 and international success.

THE BEAUTIFUL IMAGE The latest line up of Lindisfarne are busy in rehearsals at Newcastle Racecourse ahead of their first performance at the venue in June
The latest line up of Lindisfarne are busy in rehearsals at Newcastle Racecourse ahead of their first performance at the venue in June

Rod added: “This is a highly accomplished bunch of musicians, most of whom I have known for years, bound together by mutual respect and a shared enthusiasm for the best of what Lindisfarne has achieved. This was amply borne out during all of our recent rehearsals and it will be exciting to see how it develops into the future.”

David Williamson, executive director at Newcastle Racecourse, said: “We were delighted to have Lindisfarne on site recently rehearsing ahead of their forthcoming gig here in a few weeks’ time. The band always put on a great show which I’ve no doubt will get people singing along and soaking up the atmosphere. With a packed evening of top-class racing taking place beforehand it promises a great evening’s entertainment for people to come out to enjoy and kickstart their summer.”

Tickets for the June 06 raceday followed by the Lindisfarne concert are priced at £30 for the Premier enclosure and £20 for Grandstand and can be purchased by contacting Newcastle Racecourse on 0191 236 2020 or by visiting www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk

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