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NARC. Fest takes place at a multitude of venues across the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 2nd July. The free festival is the musical arm of the annual community Ouseburn Festival, which celebrates creativity and culture in the Valley.

The full NARC. Fest line-up will revealed in the next couple of weeks, but to whet your appetite, have a look at what the wonderful Tea Pad have planned for The Cumberland Arms stage…

Words: Rob Heron

Holy Moly & The Crackers
Holy Moly & The Crackers need no introduction in this town. They are influenced by an eclectic range of styles and artists; the honest grit and gravel of Woody Guthrie, the gypsy bone-cage burlesque of Gogol Bordello, the spectral clarity of Joni Mitchell. As such they play a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk rock.

House of the Black Gardenia 
Born of the desire to get their city’s dancefloors swinging to the lesser-known roots music of the 1920s and ’30s, House of the Black Gardenia brings together the new generation of Newcastle’s jazz and swing scene for a raucous revival of old-fashioned good times. Expect stride piano, ragtime banjo, Sousa bumps, blistering New Orleans-style horns and infectious swing rhythms more potent than a bathtub full of gin.

Poor Old Dogs
Poor Old Dogs formed with a collective inclination for good, honest music. They reside in the nooks and crannies of Bristol and harbour a desire to sow their wild musical oats far and wide. The band’s influences are wide and varied; the childhood friends share a love of traditional folk music from both sides of the Atlantic. Their rhythm-led underpinning owes a lot to skiffle by way of punk whilst incorporating shades of the Caribbean along the way, be they ska, calypso or dub.

Plus DJs Rob Heron and Stagger Lee Fisher, playing folk ‘n’ roll, New Orleans jazz, punk rock, ska, Cajun, rockabilly, swing, hot jazz, hokum and much more!

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