Image by Andy Martin
It’s been a pretty good year for Sunderland’s favourite sons Field Music; having released their fifth studio album, Commontime, back in February, the Brewis boys have been kept busy with live appearances aplenty, as well as grabbing themselves a slot on boogie-woogie piano fiddler Jools Holland’s BBC show.
The band’s show at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 22nd October will see their increasingly rhythm and blues, funk-led new material getting an orchestral spruce up alongside classics and fan favourites, as Peter Brewis explains. “We’ll have a twelve piece band at the Sage gig – the usual five piece band [Peter and David Brewis, Andrew Lowther, Kev Dosdale and Liz Corney], plus a string quartet – Ed, Jo, Chrissie and Ele who played on Frozen by Sight and the most recent Field Music record. We’ll also have Pete Fraser on sax (who played that great solo on Noisy Days) and Simon Dennis on trumpet (who played on Commontime too). And, we’ll have our old pal Damo Waters on percussion. We’ve always had other people playing on the records so playing somewhere like the Sage gives us a chance to feature all these other great people. And, having a bigger band like this means we can play a set of songs that we wouldn’t normally be able to. New songs, old songs and re-arranged songs.”