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The July issue of NARC. is available in digital format now! View at www.bit.ly/NARCjuly or on the Magazine section of www.narcmagazine.com

Coming at you from the backstreets of Ashington like a Pitmatic Joe Meek, our cover star St James Infirmary is getting noticed after thirty-five years at the coalface of pop. Lee Fisher finds out why. Images by our much-missed friend and contributor, Sheena Revolta.

There’s plenty going on in the region’s music and culture scenes this month, with releases from Leopard Rays, Chris Riley, Martha Hill, Moon Wax, Suddenly We Stopped Dreaming, The Last of the Fallen Angels, Shy-Talk, The Union Choir and many more; plus theatrical delights from OddManOut and BonBons Cabaret; arty goodness courtesy of Narbi Price, Northern School of Art students, Chad McCail at NGCA, Melvyn Evans at Gallagher & Turner and Dovetail Joints Virtual Gallery, plus loads more.

Interview-wise, Jamie Taylor chats with Ali Pritchard about how, with a combination of mammoth tasks and micro-commissions, Alphabetti Theatre are weathering the storm; Claire Dupree talks to Newcastle-based musician Ruth Patterson about honesty, accessibility and finding your place in the world; Damian Robinson discusses optimism and upbeat sounds with Bajan-Geordie rapper and songwriter Kay Greyson; Jay Moussa-Mann finds out more about soulful lo-fi songwriter Georgia May’s debut album release; Nicola Owen talks to Vici Wreford-Sinnott, founder and artistic director of disabled-led theatre company Little Cog, about her new work, Siege; Beverley Knight discovers North East label Butterfly Effect’s exclusive singles club; Johnathan Ramsay talks to the comedy geniuses behind North East sketch series Metroland; Damian Robinson chats with Newcastle synth pop group Blamire about their new releases; Anna Disley talks to young author Eliza Clark about her debut novel set on the streets of Newcastle; Beverley Knight chats with Ross Millard about re-imagining Summer Streets festival online; Tracy Hyman catches up with musician and historian Daniel Cochran, whose new project, North East Statues, is shining a spotlight on Tees Valley’s monuments; Damian Robinson talks to North East alt. rockers Kickin’ Lilies about releasing their debut single in extraordinary circumstances; Beverley Knight finds out more about the region’s only dedicated underground dance and hip-hop radio station, TRHY Radio; and South Shields producer and musician Harbourmaster picks some of his favourite songs in Mixtape.

In the review section, there’s demo reviews of EllCavell, Demon Summer, Sleepy D, Dassia and Terri Ann; new releases from North East artists including MullFire, Ihrsan, Matt Dunbar & The Autonomous Collective, Parallax Skies, Darren Holmes, PsiMiTAR feat. MistaBreeze, Lovely Assistant and more; and reviews of albums by Dream Wife, Lianne La Havas, Denai Moore, NZCA Lines, Fontaines D.C., Protomartyr, Lovely Wife, Kutiman, Seasick Steve, A.A. Williams, Mr Ben & The Bens, Martha Rose, Sly & The Family Drone and WVCKO among others.

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