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Martha Wainwright with special guest Sam Amidon and Nashville's McCrary Sisters announced for SummerTyne Americana Festival

Posted on 30 April 2013

SummerTyne Americana Festival is pleased to announce Martha Wainwright as headliner, with special guest Sam Amidon, at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 20th July. Opening for Matthew E. White will be Nashville’s finest gospel group, The McCrary Sisters on Friday 19th July.

SummerTyne Americana Festival takes place over three days at Sage Gateshead from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July 2013 (full line up below).

A fantastic bill with two of the most powerful voices in the folk-Americana firmament, Martha Wainwright, the youngest of the Wainwright-McGarrigle clan, with her hugely expressive voice and arsenal of powerful songs, writes shamelessly confessional and sometimes vengeful lyrics. Yet to perform in the North East since the release of her most recent critically acclaimed album ‘Come Home to Mama’, written during a particularly difficult patch for Wainwright following the death of her mother and the birth of her first child, we are thrilled to welcome her to SummerTyne. Opening for Martha will be Vermont born folk singer Sam Amidon on the back of his debut release ‘Bright Sunny South’ for Nonesuch records. Another powerful and distinctive new voice, Sam has recently collaborated with Bill Frisell, Nico Muhly and Beth Orton and performed with Martha Wainwright in NYC.

Also announced, for their first ever visit to the UK, are Nashville legends The McCrary Sisters. The gospel choir of choice for many of the big Nashville country, soul and gospel artists, such as BeBe & CeCe Winans, Mike Farris, Patty Griffin, Charlie Louvin and even Bob Dylan, these four sisters – Ann, Regina, Deborah and Alfreda – are the last word in gospel singing as it should be performed, full of power, passion and pure soulfulness. Thrillingly, as a Gateshead special, they will also lead and perform with the SummerTyne Community Gospel Choir for a very special gospel brunch at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 20th at 11am.

See Regina McCrary live with the Chicago Mass Choir.

With such a strong contingent of Nashville artists this year, Festival Programmer Tamsin Austin says:

“As more and more Americana acts than ever pick up awards across the globe, we are thrilled to be throwing open our doors once again to welcome this year’s contingent of friends from Nashville and across the US and UK, as well as the many dedicated music lovers who support the scene, for another jam-packed weekend of first class music.”

The full line up for SummerTyne is now as follows:


Friday 19th July

The Mavericks
Patty Griffin
Matthew E. White
The McCrary Sisters

Home Fries Outdoor Stage

Fickle Lily
Big Red & The Grinners
David Broad & Serious Sam
The Mee Kats
The Gathering Sky
Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra
Gem Andrews Band


Saturday 20th July

Martha Wainwright
‘Honky Tonk Angels’ – (Elizabeth Cook, Jan Howard, Brennen Leigh, Yolanda Quartey, Hannah Rickard, Lou Dalgleish)
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
Larkin Poe
My Darling Clementine
Sam Amidon

Jumpin’ Hot Outdoor Stage

John Turrell & Band Leeroy Stagger
Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay
Bill Kirchen Trio
Mighty Phil Lee
Rainbow Girls
The King Bees

River Cruise Boats
Anth Purdy
Honey Bop Trio
King Jim
Rainbow Girls


Sunday 21st July

Heritage Blues Orchestra
Mud Morganfield
Shelby Lynne
Willy Mason
Vera Van Heeringen
Dan Walsh
The Kentucky Cowtippers

Jumpin’ Hot Outdoor Stage

Tom Russell
David Wax Museum
Shiverin’ Sheiks
Brendan Croker
Polly & The Billets Doux
Jon Langford
The Kilcawley Family

River Cruise Boats
David Wax Museum
Dan Walsh
Vera Van Heeringen
Kentucky Cowtippers


SummerTyne Americana Festival offers a sizzling gumbo of American roots music – from fiery tex-mex to classic country and blues, the newest southern soul and Americana, to cajun, folk and bluegrass. Taking place on the south side of the River Tyne, in and around the iconic music venue Sage Gateshead, it promises a selection of the best Americana music in one of the most stunning city locations in the world.

With an incredible FREE outdoor stage bill including among many others, The David Wax Museum, Tom Russell and Polly & The Billets Doux, cajun suppers with Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, musical boat trips up the River Tyne, a come-and-sing community gospel choir, film programme and an exclusive exhibition of art work by Jon Langford of The Waco Brothers entitled ‘Nashville Radio’, is there any place you’d rather be this summer than south of the River Tyne?

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For more information please contact:
Karen Johnson +44(0) 7930391607
Nick Bateson +44(0) 7956503473
Rebecca Tempest +44(0)191 443 4568

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