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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2014 line up announced

Posted on 7 April 2014

With Americana music more popular than ever in the UK, the SummerTyne Americana Festival rejoices and gets back to the roots of American music. The line up for this increasingly popular festival is more diverse than ever before and brings together a sizzling combo of Americana legends as well as a plethora of newer US and UK breakthrough acts. Taking to the stages inside and outside Sage Gateshead between 18 and 20 July, organisers are proud to announce that headliners include The Jayhawks, Booker T. Jones, Bettye Lavette, Steven Seagal’s Blues Band, Chuck Prophet and the SummerTyne Strings, John Fullbright, Sarah Jarosz, Cass McCombs, Smoke Fairies, Eve Selis, Davina & The Vagabonds and many more.

Heading up the main stage is one of the most important bands to define the Americana sound, The Jayhawks, finest purveyors of country, roots-rock performing music from their ‘Sound of Lies’ era. Opening the show will be revered ex-Black Crowes lead guitarist Marc Ford showcasing music from his hotly tipped new album ‘Holy Ghost’.

A not to be missed soul music double bill includes both the legendary Booker T. Jones and compelling queen of Soul Bettye Lavette. Also taking to the main stage will be Steven Seagal’s Blues Band plus Earl Thomas. The accomplished musician and Hollywood action legend has honed his craft for playing the blues, performing with the likes of BB King, John Lee Hooker and Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown. Earl Thomas blends Stax soul with the grittiness of modern electric blues.

In a very special and UK exclusive performance with the SummerTyne Strings, Californian singer/songwriter and Green on Red main-man Chuck Prophet, performs material from his ‘Temple Beautiful’ album arranged for chamber orchestra.

The 2014 programme includes some notable young and alternative Americana musicians, singers and songwriters. Highlights include Texan “newgrass prodigy” Sarah Jarosz, hotly tipped Oklahoman singer/songwriter John Fullbright, Samantha Crain, known for her rich alto and thoughtful folk repertoire, folk/blues duo Smoke Fairies, master producer and singer song-writer Ethan Johns and cult singer-songwriter Cass McCombs.

Also appearing indoors will be country queen Eve Selis & Berkley Hart supported by breakthrough country-rock duo Zervas & Pepper and Canadian old-time string band Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys with one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts, The Carrivick Sisters.

Back for 2014 will be one of the most popular features of the SummerTyne Americana Festival, the free outdoor Jumpin’Hot stage. Audiences can sit back on the south bank of the Tyne and enjoy the best in country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Acts appearing include Cajun queens The Magnolia Sisters, gravel-voiced Nashville singer Otis Gibbs, sassy piano-mama Davina & The Vagabonds, old time Irish/Appalachian band I Draw Slow, and soulful Americana from Danny and the Champions of the World plus many more.

Additional attractions include the chance to join the SummerTyne Americana Festival Choir (lead by ex Massive Attack/Phantom Limb singer Yolanda Quartey), film programme, talks & exhibitions, free showcase event in conjunction with the AMA-UK organisation, family concerts and free family activities, street food, vintage cars and much more!

All events take place inside or outside Sage Gateshead, a world class concert hall with incredible acoustics positioned in its dramatic riverside location on the banks of the Tyne. Sage Gateshead is very accessible for travel and has excellent disabled access.

Tickets are on sale from 10am on Monday 7th April, with Early Bird discounts available until 6 May. For tickets and further details of artists appearing go to: or contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661. See Y’all at SummerTyne!

The Jayhawks plus support Marc Ford
Booker T. Jones and Bettye Lavette (double bill)
Steven Seagal’s Blues Band plus support Earl Thomas and the Royal Guard
Chuck Prophet & The SummerTyne Strings
Sarah Jarosz and John Fullbright
Ethan Jones and Cass McCombs
Samantha Crain & Smoke Fairies
The Bluefields
Eve Selis & Berkley Hart plus support Zervas & Pepper
Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys plus The Carrivick Sisters

MC Mr Drayton
DJ Staggering Lee Fisher
Magnolia Sisters
Otis Gibbs
Davina & The Vagabonds
I Draw Slow
Danny & The Champions of The World
Hot Seats
Big Joe Louis and His Blues Kings
The Snakes Band
Lowri Evans
Hannah Rickard & The Relatives
The Buffalo Skinners
Martin Stephenson & Jim Hornsby
Dan Owen
Fickle Lilly
Archie Brown Quartet
Kentucky Cowtippers
Lesley Roley
Tony Bengtsson Band
Shipcote & Friends
Paul Handyside
Rosie & The Hips


For more information please contact:
Karen Johnson +44(0) 7930391607
Michele McCallion 0191 443 4573

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery located in the North East of England. Its local, national and international concert programme runs all year round and incorporates all kinds of music.

It is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, and the Folkworks programme as well as providing a much broader performance programme. Sage Gateshead offers an extensive Join In and Make Music programme that enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. In addition to the work in Sage Gateshead itself, 70% of the work of the programme takes place outside of the venue and in the communities.

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