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Even back in the 1980s, Susan Dietrich Schneider probably looked like a bit of an oddity on the streets of San Francisco. With her trademark winged hat, an accordion and a Casiotone keyboard, she’d play off-kilter yet captivating renditions of pop songs. Susan gradually became an underground icon, but her touring has been sparse since her husband Joel – whose songs she also performed – passed away in 2000. Last year a compilation was released of her ‘greatest hits,’ a charming 16-track LP that mostly comprised of her covers, including The Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz and Peter Schilling’s Major Tom.

The Space Lady will embark on a very special, intimate tour that showcases her best works. Her music brings a sense of cosiness as well as eccentricity to the songs she covers, something that’s sometimes lacking in the originals. Inside the baroque setting of Newcastle’s Mining Institute, these versions – accompanied by the best instrument of all, The Space Lady’s own beautiful voice – are set to be both haunting and ethereal, as well as a celebration of how one odd busker could become an icon.

The Space Lady plays the Mining Institute, Newcastle on Saturday 17th October.

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