The Sage, Gateshead
The core personnel are familiar from the TV series of the same name: Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott. The full ensemble changes year by year. This time we enjoyed the delightful talents of Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin and Julie Fowlis in addition to Kris Drever, Danny Thompson, Phil Cunningham, Russ Barenberg, Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle, John McCusker, James Mackintosh and Donald Shaw.
Each artiste brings something unique to the sessions, either vocally or via their instruments of choice (guitars, Dobro, fiddles, piano, drums, banjos, harmonium, flutes, mandolins, upright bass, accordion...and probably one or two more along the way).
They all had their time in the spotlight too, granting frequent chances in tempo and genre. Jerry Douglas even played solo for the first 10 minutes or so of the second half.
Genre-wise, we had folk, country, blues, bluegrass, Celtic and Americana. It was quite an evening.