SummerTyne 2017: An interview with Sarah Darling
Review and interview carried out by Peter Mann BSc
Last of the SummerTyne interviews, all the way from Nashville, Tennessee….
One of the biggest support slots on the country music circuit in the UK is supporting that of The Shires and, on opening night of this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival, Sarah Darling did just that, and received some inspiration on her first visit to the area.
Not only her first visit to the Sage Gateshead, and the North East as a whole, the Nashville artist was on her first UK festival season taking in dates at the Secret Garden Party (Huntingdon), Bristol Americana and the Smoked & Uncut (Beaulieu, Hampshire) festivals and her favourite part was… the weather.
Musically though, Sarah recently released a dreamy album, Dream Country and has plans for something special, from the banks of the Tyne no less, for a festive offering after a double UK tour this autumn.
“This has been the first time I’ve experienced real British festivals,” began Sarah. “I’ve been to the UK a few times before but this was my first time up north and I loved seeing people with their wellies on, umbrellas up, and enjoying themselves in the rain, it’s great. As for performing at the Sage, which is a stunning room to perform in. When I came off stage, having performed in a room like that, it was very emotional for me, a great feeling, wonderful. As for The Shires, I did know about them and their music prior to coming over but had never seen them perform. They’ve a great connection and I loved Daddy’s Little Girl, so much so that I left the venue a big fan of theirs.”
Now, having returned home to Nashville, the home of country music, Sarah is gigging and song-writing and continuing that heady rise to the top.
With her album in the bag, what about her music, and more importantly that something special from Tyneside.
“My album is so much of my heart with a very dreamy view to it, actually connecting a lot to my visiting the UK as the people over there really connect to the music,” added Sarah. “I’ve got the tours in September (with Ward Thomas) and a couple of October dates having already done a successful run with some intimate dates previously whilst looking at something else for later in the year.”
Ms Darling could well be back on Tyneside sooner than we thought as well.
Inspired by a visit to one of the north’s cultural monuments the country darling was prompted to pen some lyrics and a festive offering could be on the cards.
“When I was over I paid a visit to the Angel of the North,” she excitedly admitted. “So much that I wrote a song about it; it gives real strength and is a beautiful monument, it really is. I was very excited to see what is a truly beautiful structure.”