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If you didn’t get the opportunity to catch one of Bar Loco’s amazing gig nights last year, then have no fear – Blue Rinse is coming back on Thursday 29th January to dish up a feast of bands that’ll have you nodding along more than the Churchill dog.

As ever with Blue Rinse, there’s a range of bands on to tantalise anyone’s ears. Tantric Ships, featuring Charlie Bramley and Julia Downes, head up the bill, promising a “fire-breathing carnival dragons of improvised anarchy,” a phrase so good it was well worth repeating.

They’re joined by Shelly Knotts, a Newcastle-based composer and improviser of electronic, live-coded and network music. Having been a part of a range of collaborative groups across the UK and internationally, this is a chance to catch her doing what she does best back in her home town.

For something a bit different, the relatively new DB Jazz Project are aiming to inject a good dose of excitement into their brand of pumped-up jazz. Taking inspiration from film soundtracks, rock and jazz classic, their fusion of genres has seen them cover everyone from Miles Davis to David Bowie.

Rounding off the bill is folk-industrial duo Vanity Ward, aka Jayne Dent and Sarah Grundy. After meeting at university, they decided to form the band and use mostly guitar, vocals and bodhran to perform songs that are half-arranged, half-improvised.

As ever with Blue Rinse the gig is entirely free and with such an eclectic line-up on the bill, you’d be a little bit foolish to miss it.

Blue Rinse takes place at Bar Loco, Newcastle, on Thursday 29th January.

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