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Kathryn Tickell’s One Night in Gateshead, specially created for Festival of the North East, is a multi-media event tracking her own personal journey through North East traditional music and culture, featuring Kathryn Tickell and her band, Northern Sinfonia and an array of North East singers, actors, writers, dancers and musicians.
The programme includes newly written arrangements by Kathryn of much loved traditional North East songs (including ‘Bonny at Morn’, ‘Bobby Shaftoe’, ‘Elsie Marley’ and ‘Waters of Tyne’) played by Northern Sinfonia, performances of those songs by local folk artists , readings by acclaimed author David Almond, performer Mike Tickell and well known North East actors, enhanced with projected film and still photography from collections at Amber Films/Side Gallery, Tyne Wear Archives and Museums, North East Film Archive and elsewhere.
The event will culminate in a performance of ‘JigHop’ – a high energy music and dance sequence specially put together by Kathryn for performance at the Olympic Torch Relay event in Newcastle and in Trafalgar Square as part of the pre-Olympic celebrations in London in 2012, featuring Sage Gateshead’s youth folk ensemble Folkestra, members of the Newcastle street dance group Bad Taste Cru, plus a turntablist, clog dancers, a rapper dance team, jazz musicians and more- a real look into the future of North East culture!
This concert at 7.30 pm will form part of a themed evening from 6pm – 11.30pm also including a Northumbrian Banquet, a pre-concert special screening, with live music, of the film Ship Hotel Tyne Main- made by Philip Trevelyan in the 1960’s in a pub on Gateshead Quays (now ‘The Schooner’) with some of the finest pub singing you’ll ever witness – informal folk sessions in Sage Gateshead Concourse, plus a late night ceilidh.