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Hang on. When did Jumpin’ Hot Club, Tyneside’s erstwhile providers of everything roots and country, jump the train down into Parmo country? Who cares? They’re here and they’re bringing Americana trailblazers The Mammals to Teesside for the first time.

Performing in the beautifully refurbished Courtroom in the equally splendid Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday 12th January, The Mammals are Americana trailblazers of the finest calibre. They’ll bring indie grit, earthy soul and boldly political stringband attitude to the stage with a solid gold pedigree that has been earned the right way.

Formed over a decade ago, the band has always been known for its trademark rabble-rousing musical statements, which often caused a stir with politically divided audiences from Louisiana to Michigan. “If you tell the whole truth you won’t please everyone,” admits frontman and guitarist Mike Merenda, and they come to Middlesbrough with a promise to connect timid generations, heal sore hearts and enchant tired minds, one soulful, joyful show at a time.

Support on the night comes in the form of gentle Geordie country swing from Shipcote & Friends, one of the region’s oft-overlooked gems who are performing fresh off the back of their latest album, I’m Quite Happy With That.


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