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With a highly anticipated debut album just around the corner, the announcement that Barry Hyde marks the launch with a special show at The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland on Saturday 4th June ramps up the excitement even further. Malaody is an album full of all of the orchestral, piano-driven, experimental pop Barry Hyde has been really honing and crafting as his own unique sound.

The immensely talented Futureheads frontman has really saw his reputation as a solo artist rocket, with a gift for being an inventive, brilliantly fascinating songwriter. The venue serves as the perfect backdrop for his new tracks too; a chance for an audience to get utterly lost in compelling songs that flicker between delicate and grandiose, intimate music in an intimate venue should make for an incredible one-off show.

Performing with his Malody Ensemble for the first time live, the group of talented musicians consists of double bass, cello, violin, trumpet, clarinet, baritone and tenor sax. Joining him on the bill is Keith Gregson, the troubadour and local historian will perform a selection of songs he wrote with school children from various Sunderland primary schools inspired by the paintings of LS Lowry. Young singer-songwriter Rebecca Young AKA This Little Bird, rounds out a phenomenally well put together line-up, and her folksy, country inspired tales of love and life fire out through assured guitar playing and a gorgeous, rich voice.

Hyde hopes to raise money for mental health charity Mind and will give the audience the opportunity to make donations at the gig. Inspired by Hyde’s own struggles with bipolar disorder, new album Malody is designed to simulate the extreme emotional states that sufferers of mental health problems can experience. It’s an album, project and show full of ambition from one of the North East’s finest music makers.

Barry Hyde plays The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland on Saturday 4th June.

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