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.