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In a year which saw Band Of Holy Joy release Easy Listening – a contender not only for best album of the year but also best album of their long career – and play a handful of celebratory live shows, it seems apt that they’re going to finish 2014 with something a little special. Despite three decades in London, frontman Johny Brown’s songs are still soaked in the South Shields rain of his youth and he’s bringing his band home on Friday 12th December to play a rare gig at Bede’s World, the Jarrow museum dedicated to the Venerable Bede and to local mediaeval history. The performance will be followed up on the Saturday by a gig at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club.

As with any Holy Joy show, you can expect poetry, romance, drama and anger married to an astonishing gift for melody and imagery. Another local hero, Gary Chaplin (of Penetration, amongst many other things) supports at both gigs in his Quarterlight incarnation, a semi-improvised project that incorporates field recordings and soundtrack work (Chapin’s new short King Tide will be shown before his set). At Bede’s World, Glasgow artist Claudio Nova kicks things off as Hausfrau, an intriguing blend of electro-minimalism and torch song. DJ Trevor Johnson, of Hive Radio’s Another Music In A Different Kitchen, will be providing tunes throughout.

Band Of Holy Joy play Bede’s World, Jarrow on Friday 12th December and Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Saturday 13th December.

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