New Year New Artists: Ditte Elly Plus Jake Houlsby and Mat Hunsley

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For this special show, Newcastle-based Ditte Elly will perform alongside a 10-piece orchestra and choir, and will explore the history, myth and beauty of the North East through her new work; The North Sea Project.

The culmination of 3 years of development; the work is a collection of songs specific to the North East, combining masterful song-writing with tales of the Viking invasion, the siege of Newcastle, shipwrecks at Tynemouth and sea swimming in King Edwards Bay.

The project has been made possible due to support from the Alan Hull Fund, North East Funds for the Arts, Sage Gateshead and Arts Council England. Hear Ditte Elly’s debut album, ‘Songs’, released earlier this year.

Support comes from Newcastle singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby. Described by BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne as “sublime”, Jake is a master at weaving haunting soundscapes using just voice and intricate guitar melodies. His sincere songwriting and adaptable playing style has seen him play with artists as diverse as Gaz Coombes, The Lone Bellow and Paper Aeroplanes.

New Year New Artists in association with NARC. Magazine

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