Whyaye, canny lads, whyaye – thon Geeoooordie boys a’ gan oot on thaaa reeeud…
Meet Me On The Corner, Lady Eleanor, Run For Home, Fog On The Tyne: songs that continue to resonate down the years and in the process slip into the very fabric of British culture.
Just fire up the opening lines in any saloon bar, and you’ll soon have a crowd singing along.
The opportunity returns this year with a 34-day tour of the UK and Ireland by Lindisfarne.
The very timelessness of the acoustic rock legends’ songs renders it almost incredible that 2020 marks the band’s 50th anniversary.
But here they are still, entertaining the crowds with an extensive repertoire of great songs delivered in an inimitably engaging way that’s trademarked their stage act right back to 1970.
That’s when band writers Alan Hull and Rod Clements emerged from Tyneside to quickly carve out a unique place for themselves fronting one of British rock’s most original bands.
Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments like mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, proved the perfect medium for their catchy, memorable songs.
The Clements-penned hit Meet Me On The Corner paved the way for their classic Fog On The Tyne release to become the UK’s top-selling album of 1972.
More fine albums on the (equally legendary) Charisma label were to follow, buoyed up by powerful live performances and an unpretentious style.
Worldwide success and an enviable reputation as festival favourites were to follow, while the annual Christmas concerts they presented in their native Newcastle became the stuff of legend.
Fast forward to 2020 and today’s band comprises a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, slide guitar), Steve Daggett (vocals, guitars, keyboards), ex-Roxy Music Paul Thompson (drums), Ian Thomson (bass) and Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm (vocals, guitars, piano).
Hull himself died of a heart attack on the 17th November 1995 at the age of 50.
This tour then is not only a 50th anniversary celebration, it’s a grateful acknowledgement of a fallen comrade – one without whom none of this would be happening on the 25th anniversary of his passing.
20/03/2020 Porthcawl Grand Pavilion
21/03/2020 London, West Kensington Nell’s
22/03/2020 Hastings St Mary in The Castle
18/04/2020 Stockton ARC Theatre
25/04/2020 Masham Town Hall (SOLD OUT)
08/05/2020 Milton Keynes Wavendon The Stables (SOLD OUT)
09/05/2020 Bury St Edmunds The Apex
24/05/2020 Stanhope Northern Kin Festival
30/05/2020 Uttoxeter Acoustic Festival of Britain
31/05/2020 Bilston The Robin
05/06/2020 Wirral Folk Festival
07/06/2020 Glasgow Cottiers
17/07/2020 Brampton Music on the Marr
23/07/2020 Swaledale Reeth Tan Hill Inn
15/08/2020 Aldeburgh Snape Maltings
30/08/2020 Shrewsbury Folk Festival
12/09/2020 Shoreham By The Sea Ropetackle Arts
13/09/2020 Devizes Rock Against Cancer
19/09/2020 Bradford Cathedral
20/09/2020 Keswick Theatre By The Lake
03/10/2020 Goostrey Music and Arts Festival
31/10/2020 Dublin Liberty Hall Theatre
01/11/2020 Belfast Empire Music Hall
07/11/2020 Lowdham Warthogs
Kinross Backstage at the Green Hotel
Liverpool The Music Room The Philharmonic
28/11/2020 London, Putney The Half Moon
29/11/2020 Skegness Butlins Great British Folk Festival
05/12/2020 Clitheroe The Grand
06/12/2020 Carlisle Old Fire Station
11/12/2020 Morecambe The Platform
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne City Hall Christmas Shows