Drystone Sessions featuring Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra, The Coast Road and more

Gateshead Old Town Hall

Solfest’s much-loved Drystone Stage is coming to Gateshead!

Special guests and Solfest favourites Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra headline this special one-off gig with their eclectic and original musical brew of 1930’s western swing, gypsy jazz, hokum blues, Cajun, and country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With a set that comprises of original songs and speakeasy favourites, they are sure to make your feet tap and your booty shake.

“They feel the old music but they’re more concerned with speaking in their own voice, like you should, instead of someone else.” Pokey Lafarge

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Supporting them is The Coast Road, Cumbrian musician Dave Camlin’s new band, featuring Paul Susans (Baghdaddies) on bass, with Brendan Murphy (percussion) and Rachel Cross (fiddle) playing original beautifully-arranged acoustic folky jazz, including Brendan’s astonishing ‘Sauvignon-blanc-o-phone’, an instrument made entirely of wine glasses!

Also your last chance to hear – or even join in with! – the Solfest 2013 Community Musical, led by Dave Camlin and The Coast Road, Ian Douglas the story-teller, and a community choir including music students from Sage Gateshead. This year, the theme for the extravaganza, originally performed on the Sunday on the Drystone Stage at Solfest, is the Ash Tree, in homage to Aspatria (Ash Patrick!) and the current plight of the ash tree world-wide.

What is the Drystone Stage?

The Drystone Stage is Solfest’s second outdoor stage, and specialises in folk, jazz, roots and singer-songwriters. The Drystone Sessions is a series of one-off gigs, featuring performers from the Drystone stage past and future.

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