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North East Celebrates Gospel Of A Different Kind

Posted on 17 July 2013

At the same time as the North East is playing host to the Lindisfarne Gospels, it will also be celebrating gospel of the musical kind with the arrival of Sage Gateshead’s SummerTyne Americana Festival later this month [19-21 July 2013].

One of the very special performances at the three day event will be a rare UK appearance from Nashville gospel group The McCrary Sisters who, on Saturday 20th July, will be singing with the SummerTyne Gospel Choir, made up of male and female singers of different ages from across the region.

The performance marks the world-renowned gospel group’s first visit to the North East.

Led by Sharon Durant, a member of the Learning and Participation team at Sage Gateshead, the SummerTyne Gospel Choir and The McCrary Sisters will perform songs such as ‘Down in the river to pray’, ‘Pressing On’ and ‘Bring a little water, Sylvie’.

Regina McCrary, one of The McCrary Sisters, said: “We are all very excited to perform at Sage Gateshead. This is The McCrary Sisters first visit to the UK, and we have already been welcomed with open arms. We share a unique blend of heartfelt, soul stirring music for all ages. Our hope is that this is the first of many trips to your beautiful country.”

Sage Gateshead’s Sharon Durant added: “The whole SummerTyne Americana Festival is hugely popular but what is particularly wonderful about The McCrary Sisters gig is that members of the public who joined our choir to enjoy singing and develop their voices will now be given a chance to go centre stage with some of the finest gospel singers in the world today. It’s going to be an unmissable performance that will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the whole weekend.”

“This session, which is free to attend, underlines Sage Gateshead’s commitment to providing education and access to music, while showcasing the high quality artists it is able to attract from across the globe.”

Fiona Monteith-Preston, aged 46 from Washington, who is a member of the SummerTyne Gospel Choir, said: “The SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead is something I really look forward to every year. To actually be performing at it this year as part of the SummerTyne Gospel Choir, alongside artists of the calibre of the McCrary Sisters is so exciting. I can’t wait!”

The McCrary Sisters will also appear at Sage Gateshead on the evening of Friday 19th July when they open for Matthew E White in Sage Two from 7pm.

For more information or to book tickets for SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead, please visit: www.sagegateshead.com/summertyne.

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Media contact:
Sarah Hall at Sarah Hall Consulting on 07702 162 704 / sarah@sarahhallconsulting.co.uk.

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