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Lindisfarne Story keeps turning the pages of iconic Tyneside band

The story of one of the North East's best-loved bands is told by two of its members through words and music

The Lindisfarne Story performing at the Culture Awards 2012
The Lindisfarne Story performing at the Culture Awards 2012

The Lindisfarne Story is continuing to be a page turner for fans of the much-loved Tyneside band.

A clutch of new tour dates have been announced for the show which tells the 33-year tale of Lindisfarne through songs, words and pictures.

Devised and written by founding drummer Ray Laidlaw and the band’s last lead singer of eight years, Billy Mitchell, The Lindisfarne Story takes audiences through the highs and lows – mostly highs – of the band’s inception and rise to fame, as well as letting them in on some little known snippets which underpin some of their most famous songs including Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne and Run for Home.

Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of these Lindisfarne classics – and many more besides – and tell tales from Whitley Bay to San Francisco Bay and from Rothbury to Glastonbury, as well as revealing how Bob Dylan’s producer helped Lindisfarne to focus their musical ideas and burst through the glam and manufactured sounds around them to become one of the major British groups of the seventies.

Following a few ‘try-out’ gigs in smaller venues, the show delighted an audience at Newcastle City Hall last June as part of the Festival of the North East.

Now they’re on the road again, with North East dates being booked at Alnwick Playhouse on February 28 and Blyth Phoenix Theatre on March 1. There’s also a date booked for Theatre By The Lake in Keswick for August 31 if you’re planning a little further ahead and afield.

Ray Laidlaw says: “We tell the Lindisfarne Story through words, music and a fantastic selection of archive songs and pictures, it’s a product of fifty years of friendship and musical collaboration that tells the tale of a bunch of Geordie lads who followed their dream and shared a lot of laughs, a few tears, and a barrow load of fantastic music.”

The Lindisfarne Story will be performed at Alnwick Playhouse on February 28 and Blyth Phoenix Theatre on March 1. Call 01665 510785 and 01670 367228 respectively for tickets.

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