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The North East’s relationship with musical tradition is one that runs deep and wide. Just consider how much of a summer staple Sage Gatsehead’s Americana festival is, and whilst you’re there, consider how much of a task it can be to get a good view of any of the live acts, amidst the crowd, in Billy Bootleggers on any given weekend.

Even the briefest look into the musical roots of some of the region’s most commercially and creatively successful exports paints a very clear picture. Alvin Youngblood Hart’s music and philosophy encapsulate everything that has allowed roots rock to transcend time and thrive instead of merely becoming a pastiche. His records exhibit a passion for the craft that is second-to-none, championed by Dylan, Clapton and Mick Taylor. Whilst some of his songs sound like immaculately-scrubbed restorations of the field recordings that constitute the history of the blues, others meld the tradition to a more muscular sound that bites just as hard as his witty lyricism.

It’s gloriously unpretentious and passionate, the kind of music that can only thrive further when absorbed in a live setting, which makes his gig at The Cluny, Newcastle on Wednesday 24th January absolutely essential.


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