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Texan singer-songwriter and his transatlantic band, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts release another single from his eagerly awaited new album Nowhere To Go But Everywhere (out 18th September), the follow up to their award winning debut album This Is The Sound. The track is called Newcastle Charm and for those who haven’t guessed from the title, it’s about the city by the Tyne that never sleeps… No not Gateshead, the other one. 

Formerly married to a Geordie girl, the US singer-songwriter has come to adopt Newcastle as his UK home away from home and this release is packed with the warmth and charm you’d associate with the city as well as some recognisable phrases and the singing talents of a couple of local acts.

Ahead of his live stream shows on Tuesday 1st September via Prohibition Cabaret Bar and Friday 4 September via Anarchy Brew Co Ryan tells us what inspired his latest release.

It might seem a bit odd for a guy from Texas to write a song about Geordie girls, and Newcastle, UK. Haha.

But I spent A LOT of time in Newcastle. Because I married a woman (now my ex-wife) from there.

It became, understandably, somewhat of a second home to me. I didn’t even know what a “Geordie” was the first time I went there! Haha. Spent a lot of time there over the past 8 years, and I fell in love, literally. Not just with my ex, but with the city, and the spirit of the people there.

This new single is a love song to my previous life. I will forever be fond of, and fascinated by, the tough exterior and big hearts of Geordie folks. It felt important to have some real life Geordie ladies sing on this song with me. THANK YOU Beth Macari & Lesley Stanbury!

I would love nothing more than for this particular song to blow up on UK radio… and I think it just might!

As a songwriter, inspiration for songs can sometimes come from stranger places. Whether it’s a relationship, falling in love… or falling apart… or a city that inspired you… Or, in this case, all of those things.

It felt important to me for this song to feel fun, and sweet, but a little bit pointed and tough at the same time. That’s what Newcastle is for me. A tough exterior, and a great big heart.

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