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Durham’s odd-folk chanteuse Harri Endersby heads up Spooker Rekkids’ early Christmas shindig on Sunday 9th December in the Westgarth Social Room attic, the loft space recently refurbished for ultra-intimate gatherings. Harri’s delicate mix of acoustic and electronic influences, which when performed live also features husband Rich on guitar and percussion, draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary arrangements along with a rugged rural ambiance. Her single Stay Awhile is a floaty, off-kilter slice of melodic acoustic folk, while the album it’s taken from, Homes/Lives, is often an otherworldly country-tinged passage through an unmistakably North East setting. There may be hints of the Lake Poets in the finger picking and slide guitar style, but Harri’s sultry tones add an authentic dustiness.

Support on the night comes in the form of James Kruman’s nuanced indie pop (a welcome return for the Middlesbrough lad now based in Manchester) and the enigmatic Dymphna.

For Rick Dobbing’s Spooker Rekkids and the Westgarth attic the evening is the end of an exciting year of low-key loveliness, which started with a delightful sit down with Dressed Like Wolves in March and has also seen the likes of Sullivan & Gold, Old Muggins, Sarah Hayes & Peter Brewis, and most recently Martha Hill at Middlesbrough’s most atmospheric venue. If anyone deserved a medal this year they do.

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