Driftwood - Sara Dennis
Delta Time - Hans Theessink and Terry Evans
One Silver Needle - Arthur Alligood
The House of Mercy - Bex Marshall
Lucky Devil - Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Robert Johnson's Door - Blue on Black
Reviews will follow over the course of the week.
Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled and your plates at the ready for a helping of food/music fusion, featuring some very well-known faces.
|The Hairy Bikers with Meschiya Lake, swapping cream horns for Little Big Horns|
There was never any question that The Hairy Bikers would enjoy the music – and sassy style - of Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, and it can now be revealed that David Myers and ‘Si’ King are big fans of the lady and her band.
For, on a recent visit to New Orleans while recording their latest series for the Good Food Channel, they headed straight for The Spotted Cat in the Big Easy’s French Quarter to film the band in action and have a chat with Meschiya.
We can look forward to seeing the outcome when the new series starts. The Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure will be screened on Sundays at 8pm from 19th August on the Good Food Channel.
Meanwhile, UK audiences can look forward to going one better as the band has a string of dates here following their appearance at Denmark’s big Tønder Festival where they are one of this year’s main attractions.
...And the tour schedule includes a dates at Gateshead Town Hall and the ARC Arts Centre in Stockton-on-Tees...with some space reserved for dancing!
When the band flew in from Louisiana for their first ever UK tour earlier this year, they played to capacity audiences everywhere they went, confirming their reputation as one of the hottest acts on the American roots music circuit.
Accompanied by two of the world's top Lindy Hop exhibition dancers - Chance Bushman and Amy Johnston, both of whom tour the globe to participate in major competition events and dance camps from Brazil and Canada to Scandinavia – they blew the socks off all those who came out to see them.
There is a masive Lindy Hop / Swing dance revival currently sweeping the UK, with many enthusiasts in the north east, and this band brings out all those who want to see two of the best in the world up on stage with Meschiya and the band.
Meschiya was named Female Performer of The Year in the 2011 Big Easy Music Awards and this year she carried off the title once again. When the 2011 album, Lucky Devil was released on this side of the Atlantic, it received glowing reviews.
The band wowed 1000 revellers who turned out to see them at The Old Fruitmarket during Glasgow’s big Celtic Connections festival in January. After they played their first ever Newcastle date for Jumpin Hot Club regulars at The Cluny, during that tour, local promoter, Graham Anderson said: “Words can’t describe how good they were …this is a monster act!”
Reviewing their London gig at Dingwalls, Rachel Devine told readers of R2 magazine this was “one of the most entertaining ‘live’ bands on the planet.”
After filming footage for their new series in New Orleans, The Hairy Bikers described the band’s music as “Prozac for the soul!”
Following their ‘live’ BBC Radio 3 session, presenter Mary Ann Kennedy said they were: "One of the big hits of this year's Celtic Connections,” adding: "they just set the festival alight.”
A brand new album is being released later this year.
UK Tour Dates as follows:
Wed Aug 29: The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
Thurs Aug 30: The Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling
Fri Aug 31: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Sat Sept 1: Brookfield Hall, Renfrewshire
Sun Sept 2: Stereo, Glasgow
Mon Sept 3: Douglas Robertson’s Studio, Edinburgh
Tues Sept 4: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Wed Sept 5: Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Thurs Sept 6: Heart of Hawick, Scottish Borders
Fri Sept 7: ARC Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees
Sat Sept 8: Selby Town Hall
Sun Sept 9: Gateshead Town Hall