Dunlop shows he’s not in Kansas anymore as he follows a ReGilded road to success

Childhood actor turned musician, Blair Dunlop, heads to the Sage Gateshead on February 23 as part of is 2017 ReGilded Tour, a multi-date nationwide extravaganza that begins in Cardiff, finishes in London, and takes in a brief sojourn to Kansas for the Folk Alliance Festival.

Dunlop, who has acting credits from twelve years ago when he appeared in the TV drama, Rocket Man (alongside Geordie icon, Robson Green), and in the film remake of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (playing a young Willy Wonka who’d grow up into Johnny Depp), released his third album, Gilded, late last year and the tour promotes the music penned on it.

Following on from his 2013 debut, Blight & Blossom, and follow-up House of Jacks just months later, Dunlop spoke of his music, his acting exploits, and a little hopes for the future. He said: “The album (Gilded) was very well received and I’m pleased with the airplay afforded the album with two of the tracks being played on rotation throughout last summer.

“I was afforded the luxury of taking the time over putting the album together, a bit freer with it so I enjoyed working to the timescale, especially as I know the producer and owner of the record label but I’m looking forward to what to the next steps, especially with my being an independent artist with youthful exuberance it affords plenty of energy in which to do more.

“My voice though has cha a lot over the three albums, got somewhat richer so they’re all distinctly different but with the narrative, storytelling so I’m more than happy with my latest offering. Adding Kansas and the (yearly) Folk Alliance Festival into the tour adds to it, just a shame that it’s in the middle of the tour.”

With America already added for February 15-19 the Chesterfield-born 25-year-old is also looking at a possible trip down under to Australia later in the year, in essence following in the same vein prior to the release of Gilded last year.

“I did a general acoustic tour around the time of the album release last year and this time will follow along similar patterns with venues which I like going to, including the Sage,” Blair continued.

“When I was younger I had an option to go to Newcastle University but I took a gap year. I like the ethos and friendly nature of the people in the north-east so I’m looking forward to going there as well as Cardiff, Sheffield and London, that is at a historic venue and I’ve not done anything in the capital for a few years so really looking forward to going back there.”

As for his acting exploits, granted in his youth which is seemingly a lifetime ago for the musician Blair looked back on his early outings with fondness whilst knowing that acting could be a possibility in later life.

He added: “As time goes by it becomes increasingly distant in my memory as I was about 11 when I did the acting.

“I am totally focussed on the music side of my career now even though it is something I’d look at doing again further down the line. My housemate is in the acting industry so it does give me a little buzz at times.

“Being in Rocket Man, with Robson Green, was an amazing experience though. Robson is a lovely guy and I enjoy watching him in the things he does. It was only a short period of time though and I’ve spent more doing stage acting; the acting though helped me be at ease doing what I do now.”

Blair Dunlop appears at Gateshead’s Sage on February 23 alongside Kitty McFarlane, who he describes as being: “Really ace, she’s supported me on a few dates last year so I’m certainly looking forward to working with her again.”

Tickets are available from the venue now with the show set to start at 7:15pm.

Social Room set to support From the Jam

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Featuring original Jam member Bruce Foxton, From The Jam rose like a phoenix in late 2006, touring in 2007 as the Jam legend added Townshend, Brzezicki and Watson at the same Rick Buckler and Russell Hastings were touring as The Gift, Hastings being the only frontman to work with both Foxton and Buckler.

Fast forward to 2017 and the lads are still doing what the do best with this year, this year is the same as they perform hits from their 1982 classic, The Gift (the sixth, and final LP release for The Jam). The album includes the classics’Town Called Malice’ and ‘Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?’

This September, at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, From the Jam will be ably supported by Sunderland’s up-and-coming indie band, Social Room.

The sextet from the banks of the Wear, fronted by Matty Smith, released their latest hit single, ‘Be Forever Mine,’ late last year. Smith is ably supported by Alex Gunn, Adam Potts, Adam Jefferson, Chris Leonard, and Simon Bewick, will bring their usual gusto and musical nous to the event.

A band spokesperson said: “The Jam are legends and we are over the moon to be supporting such icons of British music.”

Promoted by Steve Wraith and Danny Cox tickets for the event (on September 23) are available priced at £20 Entry and £50 VIP (includes meet & greet with From the Jam) from the Academy WEBSITE – Social Room will  have tickets shortly…..

Chadwick shows that Love Will Find A Way

Tyneside’s Country-Americana singer-songwriter, Chloe Chadwick, is set to release her debut album, ‘Dustbowl Jukebox’ later this year and in doing so is embarking on a double tour for promotion.

Originally from the Potteries, in Stoke-on-Trent, Ms Chadwick has taken her time to put together he debut album in order to allow her genre of music more scope for growth and believes that she is doing this at the right time.

Providing what she describes as being a unique and distinctive style with a voice for the ages the soloist has two local dates penned in before touring, the first of which sees her supporting academy award nominee, Jeff Finlin, at Porters in Tynemouth on February 17 and the second with Celia Bryce as part of the ‘Women of Song’ tour in early March.

All about the music Chloe is looking forward to supporting both Finlin and Bryce in equal measures whilst knowing that, with the release of ‘Dustbowl Jukebox’ imminent, it’s about the music and the timing for her saying: “I want to be rewarded for the effort and the hard work which I’ve put into my career, and the album.

“Jeff is on a European acoustic tour and I think it’s amazing he is coming to the region and I’m really looking forward to playing with Celia, however, I didn’t want to flood my schedule with regional dates because of the album launch in late May/early June.

“I’ll be doing a tour for that with a north-east launch, on Tyneside, in early June, as well as taking in places such as Manchester and London, where I’ll play at The Sound Lounge and I’ll also be doing a BBC radio tour with both Newcastle and Teesside scheduled for a showcase, live performance.”

With the possibility of a single release prior to the album launch, ‘Love Will Find a Way’ mooted to be the scheduled release, Ms Chadwick has numerous reasons to allow her music to continue to flow, building on her success of the past twelve months.

“Personally, I class myself as Americana but still pushing the country genre as there’s lots of different acts coming over from America and selling out over here with Jeff being just one of them – there’s a market for it and the sound is definitely getting noticed.

“I’ve always had country feelings in me and learnt a lot about myself when I went on a mini-tour earlier this year.

“The upcoming album represents some of that, it represents the crazy, whirlwind life I’ve had in the industry whilst the jukebox is the collective mix of music I’ve written over the years not categorised into one genre.”

Chloe is scheduled to appear on the Nick Roberts BBC Introducing (Newcastle) on March 30, you can find out more via her Facebook.

 

Durnan Has a Want to Wander

Teesside singer-songwriter, Samantha Durnan, releases her album, Want to Wander, this June with a special, intimate gig, at Stainton Hall.

Ably supported by James Gray Robson & The Lovely Burn the 24-year-old artist said: “It would be amazing if you could join me and some amazingly talented musicians who have performed alongside me over the years for a cosy night.”

Tickets for the event, which has already sold over half, can be purchased from Miss Durnan’s official WEBSITE priced at £5 for the event at Stainton Hall, Middlesbrough on Saturday 24 June (Doors open at 7pm)