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Bringing their virtuosic folk music to Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thursday 9th September, The Magpies are a transatlantic all-female three-piece who are certain to demonstrate how modern folk should be done.

Originating as a group from Yorkshire, they formed in 2018 and have enjoyed great success, playing many international gigs in 2019 and receiving critical acclaim for their album, Tidings, released last June. Taking inspiration from cultures all across the world, their music features a multitude of instruments including banjos and cellos, bouzoukis and mandolins, all accompanied by Holly Brandon’s fantastically fiddly fiddle lines and soothing vocals from Bella Gaffney and Kate Griffin. Despite the traditional genre and instruments, The Magpies combine this with astounding uniqueness and modernity, together with an added dash of prodigious musicianship, yet still maintain the spirit of Northern England in their music. Perhaps nowhere is this better exemplified than in Balls To The Wall (not a cover of German metal band Accept’s song of the same name), a fantastically energetic instrumental which provides a fitting end to Tidings.

With a sound like no other, they will transport an audience to other times and places; The Magpies are not an experience to miss out on.

The Magpies play Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thursday 9th September


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