The ever-evolving story of North East folk rock band, Lindisfarne has entered a new chapter, with founder member Rod Clements re-joining the line up.
As fans of the band will know, singer and founder member Ray Jackson, who reformed the band for a string of Christmas concerts at Newcastle City Hall in 2013 and 2014, announced his decision to leave the line up earlier this month.
The rest of the most recent incarnation of band, Lindisfarne alumni Dave Hull-Denholm, Ian Thomson, Charlie Harcourt, Steve Daggett and former Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson vowed to continue into 2015 and beyond.
They’ve cemented this intention after tempting back Rod, who has been working on recording and gigging solo material since Lindisfarne called it a day after 33 years in 2003.
And what better way to introduce himself back to the band’s many fans than with a gig?
Newcastle Racecourse will play host to what it sure to be a big draw Race Day concert on June 6.
Tickets are now on sale for the gig which will see the 2015 line up of Lindisfarne perform classic hits from their back catalogue including their breakthrough Meet Me On The Corner (which was written by Rod), Lady Eleanor and Run For Home as well as their classic Tyneside anthems We Can Swing Together and Fog On The Tyne.
Rod said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to join this line-up of great musicians. Playing live music is where my heart is, and I’m looking forward to being part of Lindisfarne’s future.
“The band have of course been long associated with Christmas at Newcastle City Hall, but performing at this great summer event will be a reminder that Lindisfarne is really a band for all seasons.”
David Williamson, executive director at Newcastle Racecourse said the concert was a real coup for the venue: “It’s fantastic to have secured Lindisfarne to perform live,” he said.
“The people of the North East have always taken this band to heart, so we’re delighted that they are going to showcase their new line up here at Gosforth Park. They always put on a great show which I’m sure will get people singing along and soaking up the atmosphere.”
The June concert will be the first of many in 2015 where fans will have a chance to hear the new line up.
Dave Hull-Denholm said: “Given the continuing enthusiasm both in the UK and beyond, Lindisfarne now look forward to taking their unique sound back on the road in earnest.
“Live appearances, including festivals, are already lined up for this summer and plans for the long-term future are afoot to reassert Lindisfarne’s place as one of British music’s great live acts.”
Tickets for the June 6 Race Day followed by the Lindisfarne concert are priced at £30 for the Premier enclosure and £20 for Grandstand. Call 0191 236 2020 or visit www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk for details and booking.