New Year New Artists: Paul Thomas Saunders + Brooke Bentham + Harri Endersby

Sage Two

See rising stars of the future as part of New Year New Artists, showcasing the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians.

Paul Thomas Saunders’ new single, “I’ll Come Running” was described as a “stark, seismic song with weighty sentiments that rupture the fibres in your body” by Line of Best Fit. With fans such as The Staves, see the full band show, in his first performance at Sage Gateshead. Facebook | Twitter

Fresh from a Summer Studios residency, Harri Endersby makes her Sage Two debut. Growing up in County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri Endersby’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. She plays music from her new album, ‘Homes/Lives’. Facebook | Twitter

They say it’s grim up North and one listen of breakthrough singer-songwriter Brooke Bentham’s opening salvo in 2017 might reinforce that sentiment. “It’s funny how small things can wreck away at your life, when you’re not doing anything but living inside,” she sings on the opening track of her debut EP ‘The Room Swayed’. The swells and plummets of the track – titled ‘Nowhere Near Sense’ – possess the epic alt rock journeying of War On Drugs or Ryan Adams with the added emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. That all this is the fruits of a 21-year-old from South Shields outside of Newcastle might take you by surprise. It carries the weight of someone who’s lived a hundred lives already.

New Year New Artists in association with NARC. magazine.

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