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Newcastle-based promoter Wandering Oak prove their excellent good taste once again with this co-pro with Gosforth Civic Theatre’s Jazz Club – themselves becoming expert spotters of local and national talent.

Alabaster dePlume is a musician of unwavering talent who has garnered considerable praise for his “cheerfully uneasy” sound which magically interweaves jazz, folk and poetry. 2018’s album The Corner of a Sphere, Alabaster’s fourth, is themed around greed, division and unity and effortlessly fuses poetic lyrical meanderings with instrumentation which veers from sparsely beautiful to bombastically effusive. His most recent album, To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 is a collection of instrumentals taken from early releases and is intended to serve as a calming release which brims with atmosphere and majestic performances from Alabaster himself alongside percussionist and composer Sarathy Korwar and Dan Leavers, aka Danalogue from jazz rockers The Comet Is Coming, among others.

A singular talent, Alabaster’s work doesn’t stop short of music; he’s also an accomplished short film maker, curator and purveyor of sensitively created and inclusive work which never fails to be impressive.

At his Gosforth Civic Theatre performance on Friday 27th August he’ll be joined by one of the North East’s own absurdly talented songwriters (and this month’s cover star!) Ceitidh Mac, whose transformative cello playing and beguiling songcraft will be as enthralling to watch as the headline act. A special night indeed.

Alabaster dePlume and Ceitidh Mac play at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Friday 27th August


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