Americana Festival 2006

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2006
The Sage Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK MAP
Varies - depending on event (FREE - £26)
Last updated: Wed 28th Jun 2006

The Sage Gateshead is holding the Northeast’s first major American music festival from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2006. On show at the festival will be some of the United States’ brightest stars. There will be a mixture of new country,, folk-country, country-rock, bluegrass, soul, Americana, blues, rockabilly and honky-tonk, the festival will cover every shade of the American roots music spectrum.

Confirmed acts so far include Tony Joe White, Tift Merritt, a solo show from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and film composer Randy Newman, Texan-born singer songwriter Guy Clark, and a rare UK visit from country rocker Dwight Yoakam.

As well as evening performances from some of America’s finest there will be a programme of free events all day Saturday and Sunday with an outdoor stage on Performance Square (right next to The Sage Gateshead on the Baltic side) featuring some of the best international country, Americana, rockabilly, bluegrass and honky-tonk artists around, presented by Jumpin’ Hot Club. The line-up includes: Nashville based bluegrass/country folk trio and winner of Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards 2006 The Greencards; country, plenty of soul and even a little reggae from singer/songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols; Americana music queen Eve Selis and her band; plus classic country, early soul and Nashville duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stewart.

There’ll be more free festival entertainment from noon until sundown on Saturday and Sunday when Northern Rock Foundation Hall is transformed into the Americana Lounge. Confirmed so far are Otis Lee Gibbs presenting workshops, performances and open mic sessions; genuine cowboy poet and ‘Cowboy Curmudgeon’, Wallace McRae; and Americana film screenings programmed by Star & Shadow Cinema.

The Americana Festival is part of SummerTyne, part of NewcastleGateshead’s world-class programme of events and festivals for 2006.

To book tickets call 0191 443 4661.

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last updated: Wed 28th Jun 2006