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New Year New Artist at Sage Gateshead brings together stars of the future from folk, classical, jazz and world music. We get to know Grace Smith and Sam Partridge a little better ahead of an appearance on Thursday 17th January.

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
We are a fiddle and concertina duo exploring old archive sources and developing original material all founded on traditional English folk repertoire. This is a new venture and it feels like we’ve found our voice through the project – the concertina and fiddle combo opens up so many different options and ideas to explore, creating a new approach and direction in our music. Being part of artistic residencies at Sage Gateshead and Halsway Manor over the past 6 months has been vital in getting our repertoire together and we’re truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work in these spaces. Over the next year we are looking forward to getting some recording under our belts and sharing our work with you all soon!

What’s the first record you ever bought?
Grace: 7 by S Club 7.
Sam: I first bought Hot Shot by Shaggy from the local Woolworths when I was about 10 or 11.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
Sam: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall and Oates
Grace: S Club 7 again!

Favourite film of all time?
Grace: Tough call, but most probably When Harry met Sally.
Sam: The Lorax.

Your guilty pleasure film?
Sam: Kung Fu Panda 3 is the most played of anything on my iTunes, and I love it!
Grace: Hard to pick just one, as the rom com section of my Netflix account is so frequently perused… If pushed though I’d have to say Picture Perfect.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
Both: The best television we’ve both seen in a good while has to be The Detectorists – equal parts charming, whimsical, and really funny.

Your favourite book?
Grace: I love the Harry Potter series, but I also regularly re-read Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole books.
Sam: I’m a huge fan of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett and its pretty impossible to pick one favourite. Right now, I’m reading Day of the Triffids again by John Wyndham which is proving hard to put down.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
Sam: Bob Mortimer seems to get me giggling the most. Particularly his podcast Athletico Mince. Check it out!
Grace: Snap! I love his craic on Would I lie to You.

Who or what makes you sad?
Both: Piers Morgan.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
Sam: Being accurate to within about 10/15 mins, to be able to smell what time it is.
Grace: For when I’m travelling, it would be great to have luggage like Mary Poppin’s bag.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Both: We’ve always enjoyed the work of Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, and Alan Bennett…  Also, we regularly attempt to impersonate them which would make a game of ‘Articulate!’ in their company all the more satisfying.

Grace Smith and Sam Partridge play New Year, New Artists at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 17th January.

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