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PODCAST: Backstage: Episode #1 Firsts

Posted on 8 December 2017

Backstage is our first ever podcast which we’re very excited about. We catch up with Candi Staton ahead of her New Year’s Eve concert, The Unthanks who are here on Saturday and Durham’s Harri Endersby who is here as part of our New Year New Artist’s Festival in January, as well as two of our silver participants Alf and Irene.

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Episode #1: Firsts

Ever wondered what it feels like to nail a song on a first take…to perform your songs with an orchestra for the first time…or to go on tour for the first time (with your husband). Can you remember what it was like to experience love at first sight…or receive your first musical instrument?

  • Candi Staton, the Grammy nominated soul legend, recalls how she nailed floor-filler Young Hearts Run Free in just one take.
  • Mercury nominated Tynesiders The Unthanks explain what it’s like to hear their songs performed by an orchestra for the first time.
  • Durham’s Harri Endersby describes the highs and lows of going on her first national tour… with husband Rich (and performs one of her songs for us).
  • Sixty-somethings Alf Hodgson and Irene Mantey reveal how they found more than a shared love of music when they met on the Sage Gateshead Silver Programme.