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Chloe Chadwick Presents – McDade Intends To Deliver

(Images courtesy of Elaine Whyman)

Tyneside artist, Lee McDade, is intent on continuous delivery as he follows up his own, recent, album launch at The Cluny, with support of Northern Country Queen, Chloe Chadwick, at hers at Think Tank.

McDade, who like Chloe has taken several years to release their debut, grew up on a diet of good ol’ rock n’ roll.

Unlike the rock stars though McDade prefers the shorter tracks in life, although his day job may suggest otherwise, and you’d also be forgiven for thinking that his ‘Greatest Hits’ was arrogantly titled, however it’s definitely more a tongue-in-cheek scenario.

“I recently released my own debut album, my ‘Greatest Hits,’ at The Cluny,” began Lee.

“It was cheekily called that and was just one of those moments but that’s what they are, they’re my greatest hits so far.”

McDade’s background in music though may cause surprise, in a roundabout way. That rock n roll diet could bode well for the future in the industry and, having looked more punk rock than country, the image may well have gone with the sound.

“I grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Queen and Bruce Springsteen, that’s what my early years were like.

“However, I prefer to keep my music short and sweet rather than those lengthier versions.

“It was my auntie that got me into country though when she gave me some Garth Brooks, but for me the influence has to be Steve Earle and it’s because of that I’d say my style is more Americana than country and I’ve probably been doing it this way for maybe five or six years now.”

With gigs aplenty McDade took a chance a couple of years ago, swapping, albeit briefly, Northern England for West Coast USA and New Jersey, performing a few gigs which can only have benefited any artist.

That, combined with an increasing number of dates on home soil, have instilled increasing confidence in the artist and helps him look forward to a more positive future.

“We’re always looking at what the next step will be and pushing things on,” he continued.

“I’ve an album to promote so we’ll certainly be doing something there.

“The support I’ve had from Stephen Cunningham and Boomchang Records has been great and I can’t thank people like him enough for that support and it’s just a case of taking chances when they present themselves.

“I’m happy to be a part of anything and that’s good whilst being realistic with what can be achieved.”

In supporting fellow Tynesider, Chloe Chadwick, it’s a prime example of McDade’s willingness to involve himself elsewhere.

Showing respect for Chadwick’s talent he concluded saying: “She (Chloe) is an immensely talented woman and an amazing talent.

“I’ve found it difficult meeting like-minded people who dig what I dig but I’d rather be a pioneer in the industry than anything else.

“There’s so much to be said in music that I, we, put out there and it helps with any kind of mood. To me it’s a gift that’s meant to be given.”

Lee McDade, and Freeman, support Chloe Chadwick’s debut album launch at Think Tank, Newcastle on June 30. Tickets are available from the artists priced at £7 or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/400890.

Chloe Chadwick Presents – Ride Of The Freeman Fighters

(Images courtesy of EnA Photography)

Teesside trio, and 2016 award nominees, Freeman, are hoping that their impending EP launch, ‘Ride,’ is the launchpad for future success.

Presently signed with Mill Lane Artist Management the fledgling country rock trio were last December nominated for the Best Indie/Alternative Act at the Ubeat Music Awards, and now they are aiming to follow that up with an EP ride to the next level.

Consisting of Julie Diddams (vocals), Andrew Marron (lead guitar) and Steven Ovington (rhythm guitar) this trio are aiming to go somewhere, fast, and will be using the title, and reasoning of, their debut EP, to push them forward.

“We chose ‘Ride’ as the three of just go with the flow and we feel that this represents the start of a musical journey for us,” began Julie.

“Although the lads have been around the music for some time, I’m relatively new to it and we’ve only really been gigging as a trio for just over a year.

“It’s also about the same length of time we’ve been with Marcus (Summerfield) and Mill Lane and it’s a good deal we have as we’re all working from the same page which is fantastic for us.”

Having played Stockton Calling along with taking in dates at The Arc, Batley, Barnsley and Leeds in recent times, the band’s name is a memorable one that was quite easily arrived at, after all it is lead singer, Julie’s, maiden name – thanks to Angie Taylor.

“It’s because of people like Angie that we got going,” Julie continued.

“She helped to advise and guide us and also is ‘to blame’ for the name we have, it’s simple really as it’s my maiden name but we couldn’t think of one when we first began – we, as a trio, really enjoy working together though so long may that continue.”

Playing at home, for any musician, is a requirement as it helps to build a strong fan base in which to ride forward with, and, for Freeman, it’s pretty much the same, Stockton Calling and The Arc being played with immense pleasure and ease.

“Being at Stockton Calling was certainly a fantastic opportunity for us,” added Julie.

“We feel that it’s nice to do regular, local gigs as it’s important to create a fan base from home.

“Doing that, and playing at The Arc, only good things can come from it and, although we do like to go to different places, it’s to come back home, not just to Teesside, but to the northeast.

“That’s why, in supporting Chloe Chadwick on the 30 June, it’s another opportunity and we’re really looking forward to it – it’ll be a really great night I’m sure.”

Freeman, and Lee McDade, support Chloe Chadwick’s debut album launch at Think Tank, Newcastle on June 30. Tickets are available from the artists priced at £7 or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/400890.