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Teesside actor Mark Benton stars in his first stage musiclal at Sunderland Empire

Teesside actor Mark Benton stars in his first stage musiclal at Sunderland Empire

Teessider Mark Benton,47, has been on our TV screens for 20 years and forged a career as a top character actor. Now he's back in Sunderland in his first stage musical in Hairspray. He talks to Michael Hamilton   MH: Tell me how your new role came about. Mark: They approached my when I was doing the TV show Waterloo Road. I thought it would be a great adventure. It’s a bit of a departure for me because it’s my first musical and my first drag role – I don’t believe in doing things by half! I

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Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell calls the tune. She talks about her music, family and Sting

Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell calls the tune. She talks about her music, family

Celebrated Northumbrian composer Kathryn Tickell - who picked up Musician of the Year at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for the second time in ten years - talks about her music, her family and Sting. Read the archive interview and listen to her online talking about My Favourite Place - the song inspired by her mum. By Michael Hamilton Picture copyright Graham Oliver Kathryn steps off stage at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York after playing a sell-out show w

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Folk on the Tyne - Ray Laidlaw on the 40th anniversary of cult North East band Lindisfarne

Folk on the Tyne - Ray Laidlaw on the 40th anniversary of cult North East band Lindis

It's 40 years since Tyneside folk-rock legends Lindisfarne changed the face of music with their debut album Nicely Out of Tune. The original band - dubbed the Seventies' Beatles - line-up was: Alan Hull singer and guitarist, Ray 'Jacka' Jackson on harmonica and mandolin, Rod Clements on bass, Si Cowe on guitar and Ray Laidlaw on drums. They hit the big time with their No. 1 album Fog on the Tyne and Geordie yearning anthem Run for Home. Founder member Ray Laidlaw takes a trip down memory lane wi

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Geordie band Lindisfarne 40 years on - what are they doing now?

Geordie band Lindisfarne 40 years on - what are they doing now?

Fog on the Tyne - 40 years onIt's 40 years since Tyneside folk-rock legends Lindisfarne changed the face of music with their debut album Nicely Out of Tune.  The original band - dubbed the Seventies' Beatles - line-up was: Alan Hull singer and guitarist, Ray 'Jacka' Jackson on harmonica and mandolin, Rod Clements on bass, Si Cowe on guitar and Ray Laidlaw on drums.    Michael Hamilton catches up with the surviving members of the original line-up and finds out what they are up to

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Newcastle blues legend Eric Burdon talks about his early days and The Animals

Newcastle blues legend Eric Burdon talks about his early days and The Animals

Newcastle-born Eric Burdon is the finest blues singer of his generation. As lead singer of the chart-topping Animals his fame rivalled that of The Beatles and The Stones in the Sixties.Now living in California, he is still touring and making records at 69. He plays a rare hometown gig at Newcastle's O2 Academy on August 8. He gave this exclusive interview to Michael Hamilton. All Eric Burdon pictures copyright Marianna Proestou The Animals pictures copyright John Steel MH: T

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Superstar Bryan Ferry talks about his early days in Newcastle and how the North East shaped his life

Superstar Bryan Ferry talks about his early days in Newcastle and how the North East

Superstar Bryan Ferry is the king of cool. But the suave lounge lizard has never forgotten his humble working-class upbringing in Washington and how the North East shaped his life. Exclusive interview by Michael Hamilton Pictures courtesy of Bryan Ferry MH: Can you tell me what you have coming up? Bryan: We are releasing a ‘Best Of Bryan Ferry’ compilation album (it’s out on November 23) and my new studio album should be ready for release in spring next year. We ar

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Geordie Hairy Biker Si King reveals the stories behind the hit BBC telly show

Geordie Hairy Biker Si King reveals the stories behind the hit BBC telly show

King of the roadTelly stars Si King and Dave Myers have become firm UK favourites with their hilarious Hairy Bikers show. In an exclusive interview, Geordie Si reveals the stories behind the hit BBC TV series.  By Michael Hamilton Pictures courtesy of the Hairy Bikers Geordie Si King and Lancashire lad Dave Myers have been pals for more than 20 years. They originally met while working on TV and film sets – but in those days they were both firmly behind the scen

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