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After last year’s impressive inaugural event, Sage Gateshead is hosting a second Folk On The Tyne event on Saturday 27th July. Last year was a largely local affair with The Unthanks headlining, whereas this year covers more ground geographically and stylistically.

The main event for many will be Billy Bragg’s performance in the main hall. Nearly 40 years into a varied and acclaimed career, Bragg’s music has taken in punk rock, skiffle and country without ever really eschewing the folk tradition at its heart. He’ll be supported by Holly Clarke, a Cumbrian traditional singer, with her Reivers band. Scots/English outfit The Furrow Collective are heading up an excellent evening bill in Hall Two, with Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts and Rachel Newton coming together for an award-winning set of traditional songs and ballads performed in the round. They’ll be supported by Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul from the increasingly essential River Lea label and Cajun duo Jock Tyldesley & Vera Van Heeringen.

Earlier that afternoon, there’s a Hudson Records showcase with the multi-talented Karine Polwart headlining, and an early evening collaboration between Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef and the aforementioned Rachel Newton which also sounds intriguing. Add to that the usual mix of workshops, free performances and such throughout the venues.

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