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Singing siblings rocking down the decades at Sage

Rock 'n' roll, Hawaiian colour and a quiff that would make Elvis jealous are part and parcel of a young band bringing a fresh approach to some old sounds at The Sage Gateshead next week.

Rock 'n' roll, Hawaiian colour and a quiff that would make Elvis jealous are part and parcel of a young band bringing a fresh approach to some old sounds at The Sage Gateshead next week.

Almost in one fell swoop, rockabilly siblings Daisy, 18, Lewis, 16, and 14-year-old Kitty Durham are fulfilling the Sage's mission to bring us across-the-board music to suit all tastes.

Lewis - he's the one with the quiff - and his sisters play rockabilly and swing, country and western, Hawaiian and rock 'n' roll, with an energy and freshness that brings the music bang up to date.

The trio, from London, grew up in a musical family with a mother, Ingrid Weiss, who was the drummer in 70s punk band The Raincoats.

If she was surprised that her children's tastes were more for the fun, upbeat sounds of the 40s and 50s, she mustn't have shown it as she has since learned the double-bass so she can accompany them at occasional live events. Not to be outdone, their dad, Graeme Durham, plays guitar.

The siblings, who use old Marconi BBC mics on stage, play guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel guitar, harmonica, double bass, ukulele, trombone and accordion - often swapping instruments between songs.

Kitty and Daisy sing, with Kitty primarily playing the ukulele and her older sister the drums. Lewis plays guitar and piano.

They are signed to the Sunday Best record label which released their second single, Mean Son Of A Gun.

It was released on CD and limited edition 78rpm vinyl pressed by Lewis using his own equipment at their home studio.

You can see the talented trio in Hall Two of The Sage Gateshead next Wednesday, May 30.

Tickets (£13 and £7) are available at www.thesagegateshead.org or by calling (0191) 443-4661.

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