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Who are you?
Myself (Roger Wicks) and Syd Collumbine from Darlington.

What is it you do?
We write songs. We took the name Tyneside Rain from the folk opera we’ve written about youngsters growing up in the wild West End of Newcastle. It’s a 1960’s kitchen sink drama so we threw the kitchen sink at our young protagonists: Unemployment, crime, drug abuse, unplanned pregnancy etc. Happy, uplifting themes to raise everyone’s spirits during a pandemic. 

How long have you been doing it?
We’ve been working on the project for quite a few years. Tyneside Rain began as a music project at Gateshead College (where our past alumni included Patrick Gosling.) Students would combine arranging and performing the tracks with a little social history.

What inspires you?
Songs that tell stories.

Tell us about your music.
I’ll write the lyrics and melodic ideas for Syd to work with. He’ll do the rest. He’s a great guitarist and it helps that he’s also a recording engineer. Most of the vocals on the album have been provided by the wonderful Jodie Nicholson. A few of our tracks have been played on BBC 6 Music. It was amazing to hear our songs played on the same show as tracks by Bowie, Dylan and Springsteen. That gave us the encouragement to keep going.

What have you got coming up in the future?
Act Two should be ready for release in the New Year. Tyneside Rain could even be a trilogy. We have lots of new ideas to work on when things get back to normal, whatever normal looks like in 2021.

Where can people find out more about you?
Tyneside Rain: Act One is available to stream or buy on Spotify, iTunes and most music platforms. We also have a Facebook page.

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