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Saltburn-based songwriter Raphael Doyle is set to launch a new project with punk-era veteran Tom Robinson and award-winning producer Gerry Diver, and there’s a chance to hear the new works in a show at the Cluny on Thursday 26th January.

Robinson and Doyle first met in their teenage years in the 1970s, and after four decades of a self-described “messy life”, Raphael Doyle was sadly diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease early in 2016. His musician son Louis Doyle at once coaxed his dad back into the studio to start work on the album they’d always dreamed of making together.

With friends, family and fans all supporting, the unflinching, honest lyricism is a major draw of folksy yet raw tracks. Influences from his native Ireland are evident, and poignant, heart-wrenching music played in such an honest manner is what live music is made for. Tom Robinson opens this acoustic showcase with a set of audience favourites before joining Raphael, Gerry and Louis to play songs from Never Closer.

Raphael Doyle with Tom Robinson, Gerry Diver & Louis Doyle play Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 26th January.

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