Image: The Burning Hell
Tireless promoters, with over three decades of gigs behind them, Jumpin’ Hot Club are celebrating their 31st anniversary with aplomb this month. Their reputation often precedes them, and they’re renowned for choosing some of the best folk, roots, blues and Americana from around the world to grace the region’s stages.
Canadian multi-faceted folk band The Burning Hell headline the first anniversary show at Newcastle’s Cluny 2 on Sunday 4th December. The band’s sincere and quirky songs inhabit their own peculiar universe, sustained by a bizarre and tight ensemble whose offbeat and hook-filled pop is charming and a bit bonkers. Support comes from North East bluegrass five-piece Big Red & The Grinners who will provide foot stompin’, bellow pumping madness.
JHC’s Christmas Special takes place at Newcastle’s Live Theatre on Saturday 17th December and it’s set to be three hours of intoxicating and soulful musical bliss. Hannabiell & Midnight Blue headline the night, offering up a devilish mixture of percussion-driven funk and jazz inspired by Afro-Caribbean and Latin vibes, while Voices of Virtue African Gospel Choir offer salvation and catharsis with classic soul and gospel, plus a couple of festive favourites thrown in for good measure.