Three Days Celebrating The Best In Americana, Country, Roots And More At The Sage, Gateshead 21-23 July


Friday 21 July

The Shires plus special guest Sarah Darling ê Merle Haggard’s Strangers Featuring Ben & Noel Haggard, plus Ashley Campbell ê SummerTyne Late Lounge: Marlon Williams


Saturday 22 July

William Bell plus Stax Academy Revue ê Angaleena Presley ê Jim Lauderdale / Sam Outlaw (double bill) ê SummerTyne Late Lounge: Jesca Hoop and Worry Dolls


Sunday 23 July

Beth Nielsen Chapman plus special guest Callaghan ê Jo Harman / Lisa Mills (double bill) ê Chuck Prophet ê SummerTyne Late Lounge: Cath & Phil Tyler plus Tim Eriksen


Plus: Jumpin’ Hot Stage, free outdoor stage beside the River Tyne featuring a full line-up of artists throughout the weekend, the Concourse Stage, co-hosted by the Americana Music Association UK and a unique exhibition of artwork by Jon Langford. More to come!


Amid the soaring popularity of Americana and country music in the UK, the 12th SummerTyne Americana Festival takes place at the prestigious Sage Gateshead from Friday July 21 to Sunday July 23, bringing together legendary artists, rising stars and the best of the next generation in a full, 3-day programme of special events and some exclusive performances.


Headlining Sage One are the UK’s most successful homegrown country band The Shires, with very special guests including rising star Sarah Darling; a UK exclusive show from this year’s Grammy Award winner for best Americana Album, Stax legend William Bell with his band, supported by the remarkable, 12 piece Stax Academy Revue and a one-off, unique show from award-winning US singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, who will perform with special guests Callaghan and the SummerTyne Strings.


Sage Two, a year on from the passing of country legend Merle Haggard, welcomes Merle Haggard’s Strangers featuring his sons Ben and Noel Haggard, supported by Ashley Campbell, daughter of country superstar Glen Campbell. Plus, following rave reviews for her new album Wrangled, Kentucky native and Pistol Annie Angaleena Presley and a double bill of two of the finest female blues voices from both sides of the Atlantic, Jo Harman and Lisa Mills. Godfather of the Nashville scene, Jim Lauderdale will play an unmissable double-bill with Californian rising star Sam Outlaw and making a welcome return to SummerTyne, much lauded American singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet, with his five-piece band.


In the SummerTyne Late Lounge, there’ll be an opportunity to hear some of the most exciting new voices in the international Americana arena: New Zealand born Marlon Williams, Manchester-based Californian Jesca Hoop, with her full band and supported by up and coming UK duo Worry Dolls, and from Newcastle via Massachusetts, Cath & Phil Tyler in a concert featuring special guest and collaborator Tim Eriksen.


Back for 2017 will be the hugely popular Jumpin’ Hot Stage, its stunning riverside setting perfect for audiences to kick back and enjoy a sizzling combo of country, blues, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and soul with headline sets from Earl Thomas & Band and Savoy Family Cajun Band, alongside a wide range of burgeoning talent from the US and UK including:  Rhona Dalling, Buffalo Skinners, Paul Handyside Trio, The King Bees, Archie Brown & The Prisoners of Fender, Big Ray & the Hipthrusters, Stax Academy Revue, Dexeter, Fargo Railroad Company, Vera Van Heeringen Trio, Howlin’ Ric and the Rocketeers, Amythyst Kiah, Bradley Creswick Western Swing Sinfonia, Robert Vincent Band, Errol Linton Blues Band, Jonathan Terrell and High Plains Jamboree.


Another must see at SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 will be an exhibition of artwork by Jon Langford.  A respected visual artist he is best known for his striking portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.


For tickets and further details on the artists appearing, go to: or contact Sage Gateshead ticket office on 0191 443 4661


Notes on exclusive headline shows:

This year’s programme includes the only UK show from U.S. Stax legend William Bell, headlining Saturday night with the 12-strong Stax Academy Revue. Winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for his most recent release ‘This Is Where I Live’, William has an enviable back catalogue of classics like ‘Private Number’, ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ and many more.


The Stax Academy Revue features students from the famous Stax Music Academy in Memphis, the only school in the world teaching the artform of American soul music. Most of the students live at or below the poverty line and attend via scholarships from the Soulsville Foundation. Stax Music Academy trips represent the first opportunity to travel beyond Memphis for many students, which has proven to have a significant positive impact on their desire to succeed, self-confidence and self-esteem. Their SummerTyne show will be part of their first-ever UK tour.


Sunday evening sees another one-off show from headliner Beth Nielsen Chapman. From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, Grammy nominee and 2016 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, Beth has inspired many and truly embraced musical diversity. Her ground-breaking song ‘Sand and Water’ was performed on tour by Elton John and ‘This Kiss’ was a huge hit for Faith Hill.  She has also written for Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, amongst many others. For this unique concert, Beth will share the stage with special guests, British singer-songwriter Callaghan and the SummerTyne Strings orchestra.



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