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In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live around a single microphone at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979. Six months later they reconvened to record a full album, adhering to the simplicity of that first recording: every song performed live around a single microphone, with no edits or overbubs.
Applewood Road was released earlier this year on Gearbox Records to critical acclaim: “flawless” (Sunday Times), “a moreish magic” (Daily Telegraph 5*). Backed by minimal instrumental accompaniment, Applewood Road’s exquisite three-part vocal harmonies are delivered with just the right degree of edge and precision, while their finely crafted songs reflect deeply on personal experiences and illustrate their special gifts for storytelling.
The trio’s live shows have proven to be no less impressive. Their recent tour supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter saw them receiving standing ovations and more press accolades: “glorious… inspirational…” (The Times). They performed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show and at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, and their “soaring” cover of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’ is featured on Dermot O’Leary’s latest Saturday Sessions album.
The evening will open with short solo sets from Applewood Road’s three singer-songwriters: Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.
Solo sets: 7.45pm
Applewood Road: 8.50pm
(Timings subject to change)
Hosting some of the finest female voices in the music industry this November and offering up a quality-laden festive programme this December, Sage Gateshead has something for everyone this Winter.
Sage Gateshead showcases a strong line-up of folk, roots and blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic.