SummerTyne 2017: An interview with Hayley McKay
Review and interview carried out by Peter Mann BSc
From just up the road in Darlington the delightful Hayley McKay wowed the concourse on the final night of this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival with music that was very much Unspoken.
The singer-songwriter, who spends a good portion of her time on the road, recently returned from the deep south, of England that is, where she has not only recorded her next album during a Brighton heatwave, but paid a special visit to the home of BBC Radio 2’s legendary icon, Whispering Bob Harris.
One of several events the singer has over the festival season, she’s also putting in appearances at Hardwick Live (August 19), Tan Hill Festival (September 9) and Twisterella (October 7) along with a headline gig at The Cluny (September 15), Hayley’s appearance at the Sage Gateshead was her first, and she’s hoping the first of many.
“It’s the first time that we’ve done this and everyone was just very friendly and accommodating” began Hayley. “It’s a very professional establishment and there was some very classy musicians performing at what is a great, iconic venue. We had a lot of people watching and really loved it, we all did – Jak (Moore; percussion/cahon) had never even been there before so was in complete awe of the place.”
Entering a busy period for her and her band (Jak Moore is joined by Chris Shaw, Tim Jasper and Ed Gill), Miss McKay set to play several other festivals including Hardwick Live and Tan Hill before a trip to The Cluny later in the year is understandably excited about what lies ahead.
She added: “The Tan Hill is the first I’ll be putting on so that’s a special occasion for me but the more we get ourselves out there the better and we can keep playing those catchy, happy, upbeat sounds. The last few years have been incredible and I’ve met some really great people but the performance I gave at the Gala Theatre (earlier this year) that was my favourite, it was just magical. I’ve come a long way though since my first album and the new one, recorded in Brighton during the heatwave and will be out early next year, is slightly different and will be right for me at that time.