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Image: Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

When staging their annual Jumpin’ Hot Jamboree down in Easington became impossible, the ever-inventive Jumpin’ Hot Club team came up with an ideal replacement in the form of the Country Cantina, the third of which takes place on Saturday 11th August.

Happening in and around Acklington Village Hall in deepest darkest Northumberland, this year offers a typically impressive line-up: there’s country rock from California’s I See Hawks In L.A. (think Grateful Dead without the endless noodling) and roots music from Boston’s Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, whose sound encompasses everything from folk to Cajun to rock ’n’ roll. Howlin’ Ric & The Rocketeers went down a storm at last year’s SummerTyne Americana with their Sun Records-drenched blend of rockabilly and rhythm and blues, while local lad Johnny Dickinson is going to be along with his slide guitar. And of course it wouldn’t be a Jumpin’ Hot event without Martin Stephenson, this time playing a rare solo show covering his lengthy career.

There’ll also be a Songwriters Circle featuring Serious Sam Barrett, Al Shields, Jess Morgan, Elaine Palmer and Chloe Chadwick. All this plus appearances from Shipcote & Friends and Calico Bonnet, some 78rpm records being played between acts and Heaton’s finest Stagger Lee encouraging people to kick up their heels in the hall. There’s a food stall and a bar and it’s all family-friendly, running from midday to 11pm.

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