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The last twelve months have had the NARC Magazine pages filled with the best creative talent, so we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on the year coming to a close. Next up, it’s acoustic music maker Brother Joe.

So, how was your 2018?
​I can’t believe how fast it’s gone! Remember when everything was sunny and England were mint at football and everyone was happy drinking pints out of plastic cups in the Ouseburn? Feels like last week! A good year in all, I think. Oh, I also released some new music too! 

What was your best moment?​
I’m normally pretty useless in those moments between songs at gigs, but I told a joke between songs 4 and 5 at The Cluny back in May supporting Jon Allen and people genuinely laughed! My sets can be pretty depressing at times so it was nice to hear people enjoying themselves, if even at my misfortune. (Obviously the joke was self deprecating.)   

And your worst moment? 
​I wouldn’t say I was tight, but I am reasonably careful with money. So when I found myself having missed the last bus and train back to Morpeth after a night out in Newcastle, rather than fork out for a taxi or hotel, I wandered the streets in the rain for a few hours then tried to have a kip on a bench outside central station whilst waiting for the first train home. I was hungover, soaking wet and very tired when I was accosted by a man in a wheelchair who accused me of being “Anti-disabled people” because I wouldn’t wheel him an hour out of my way at 7am. 

Your favourite band of the year? ​
Thats tough! But because I’ve seen them a few times in 2018 and loved every second, I think Martha Hill’s band stands out. Martha has an exceptionally captivating voice and writes some truly brilliant songs and I feel the band really ‘gets’ the vibe and are sympathetic to the style. They only ever add to the music, never take away or overplay. Signs of good musicians indeed! 

Your favourite song of the year?
The Rain by Fatherson. (That bass line!) It kind of sums up my year, too. A slow, melancholic start that slowly built and got more exciting as it went on! I also saw them live this year and they were very very impressive. Lovely lads too.

Favourite TV of the year? 
England winning a penalty shootout! (The Affair was pretty good too.) 

Your favourite film? 
​I watched It’s A Wonderful Life for the first time this week. Does that count? I’m really picky when it comes to films. Don’t get me started on Marvel nonsense. Almost everything on the big screens is regurgitated these days. Go and see RISE: The Story Of Augustines if you can. It’s winning awards and it’s about one of my favourite bands and addressing some important issues in music and in life. 

Favourite venue of the year?
The Cluny is always fun to play at and their burgers (peanut butter and banana!) are sublime. However, I can’t look past the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth for the warmest of welcomes and completely attentive audiences. Magic place. 

What was your favourite gig of the year?
I played Hit The North Festival in May and it was wonderful. The buzz, the sunshine, the free beer and joy of playing alongside some of my favourite musicians and friends was lovely. I also used my ‘access all venues’ wristband to my advantage in a particularly successful tinder date. 

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
​2019 is looking to be an exciting year. My album Volta is out, so Ill be gigging that. I’m planning some very exciting gigs in some very cool places as part of another project I’m working on too, so watch this space! I’m also really looking forward to just getting back to writing after recording so much in 2018. 

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