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Anderson’s fantasy land

Anderson’s fantasy land

Ian Anderson, rock’s legendary flautist and Jethro Tull frontman, has flown back into the world of his fertile imagination with a new studio album called Homo Erraticus. It is being launched to coincide with his 2014 UK tour, with a North East concert at Sage Gateshead on 19 May. Anderson and his band will be playing all the tracks from the new album which features songs supposedly flowing from the pen of his creation Gerald Bostock (originally from Tull’s iconic concept album Thick A

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My North East

My North East

A new 200-page coffee table book featuring stunning landscape pictures and full interviews with more than 60 of the region’s famous sons and daughters talking about their favourite places, views and memories of the North East will be available from 20 October, price £20, by Anne Graham and Michael Hamilton. All profits from the book will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Sir Bobby was the inspiration for the book. Read his interview and see his favourite North East places along with 60 other grea

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The gospel truth

The gospel truth

The Lindisfarne Gospels weigh the same as two adult female domestic cats, have three kilometres worth of words and took up to ten years to produce. But when it comes to their value, measurement is almost impossible. As one of the most important books in the history of Christianity, the gospels are virtually priceless and are usually housed at the British Library in London under strict security. But as anyone who has recently spent any time in the North East k

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Dancing to his own tune

Dancing to his own tune

Andy Fraser – founding member and bass player of 1970s seminal blues-rock band, Free – wrote the band’s mega-hit All Right Now and Robert Palmer’s Every Kinda People as well as songs recorded by Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Three Dog Night, Frankie Miller, Etta James and Bob Seger among others.  Now he has his own Andy Fraser Band and is at the helm of McTrax Records, which releases his own work and also spots and nurtures new talent, such as British singer songwriter Tobi

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TV detective drama George Gently filmed in the North East

TV detective drama George Gently filmed in the North East

Gently does it in Geordieland By Michael Hamilton Pictures by Dave Foster TV detective drama Inspector George Gently was filmed for the first time where it is actually set – in the North East – for the new two-part show on BBC1 screened on Sunday September 26 and October 3. We led the call to film the series here at home, last year. In exclusive interviews both Geordie actress Jill Halfpenny who starred in last year’s series and Tyneside writer Peter Flannery – who also penn

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Newcastle writer Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, on the phenomenal success of his stage play Pitmen Painters

Newcastle writer Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, on the phenomenal success of his

Portrait of a playwright Tyneside writer Lee Hall shot to fame with the 1999 hit movie Billy Elliot and adapted it for the stage in 2005, winning an award for best new musical. Now his latest award-winning play The Pitmen Painters is back touring in the North East.  Exclusive interview by Michael Hamilton MH: Tell me how The Pitmen Painters came about. Lee: It came about by accident in a way. I saw a copy of William Feaver’s book in a bookshop and thought that’s a

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Our Friends in the North writer Peter Flannery talks about BBC TV's George Gently

Our Friends in the North writer Peter Flannery talks about BBC TV's George Gently

Our friend in the North Hit BBC detective series Inspector George Gently is set in Northumberland in the Sixties - and was actually born in the North East Exclusive interview by Michael Hamilton * Following this interview the good news is that the next series of George Gently is to be filmed in the North East Award-winning Geordie screenwriter Peter Flannery – who wrote the epic BBC drama Our Friends in the North in 1996 – was browsing in books

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Bobby's birthday bash delivers top North East stars

Bobby's birthday bash delivers top North East stars

Sir Bobby’s dream comes true A gala night of live music at the Sage Gateshead on 18 February will make Sir Bobby Robson’s dream come true. He had been planning such an event in back in 2009 but his failing health prevented him from seeing it become reality. Now organisers have got together to deliver a star-studded line-up to include Mark Knopfler, Joe McElderry, The Unthanks, the Northern Sinfonia and more. Called ‘Sir Bobby Robson – A Celebration’, the event will rai

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Brit Floyd and Bill Wyman

Brit Floyd and Bill Wyman

The unmistakable outline of the Sage Gateshead on the south bank of the Tyne gives it world-renowned eye appeal – but soon the spectacle will be found inside its glass walls when Brit Floyd comes to town on 12 November. Tribute band shows don’t come more visually electrifying than in P-U-L-S-E 2013 – aka The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience. Celebrating the music of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett, it features note-for-note performances of&n

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Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham...

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, The Sage Gateshead Sunday April13 Shetland-born virtuoso fiddle player Aly Bain and piano accord...

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