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North’s music community standing up to fight the black dog

On Sunday afternoon the region’s music community, and more, will gather at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle’s City Centre to not only honour the recent passing of both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, but to ‘Fight the Black Dog.’

A lot of people have been affected by mental health, few stand up and talk about it and on Sunday, you can if you want, but you can also play some music and mingle with friends, whatever you’re feeling at the time.

Now, more than ever, there’s a growing need to break the stigma and talk about it, and where better place than where many feel at home and safe? This day is for everyone who feels alone, or feels that they can’t open up about their mental health.

Dave Hills, manager of Trillians was more than happy to welcome the event to his venue and, with MIND, Wandy UK, and the Jay Lennon Foundation all on-board, it has very much been an event taken to the hearts of the many.

A representative said: “From a little idea of a gathering we have this fantastic event.

“It all stemmed from a video on social media from one of the region’s rock artists after Chester’s unfortunate passing and it just went from there.

“The response has been amazing, both from the music community, and from local businesses, and with a venue like Trillians, a mainstay on the regional music scene for so long, we couldn’t really ask for any more.”

Of the artists performing on the day includes Steve Daggett, of Lindisfarne and The Velvets with acoustic sessions being the nature of the day; Steve will be joined on stage by the likes of the Front Step Collective, Jonathon Haigh, Craig Roddam and more.

Steve added: “I saw Dave (Hills) put a post out asking for people to perform so I contacted him as we’ve all been affected in some form or another.

“Something like this (Mental Health) affects and touches everybody whether personally, or in other ways.

“People need to reach out and make it known and hopefully not be affected by the stigma which surrounds it all and an event like this, it’s grabbed people’s attention from the off and was something I had to do.

“I’ve an acoustic slot at around half five and will probably play some of my own music, and some off Lindisfarne’s.”

Also on the day will be Gargoyle Beauty providing manicures and face painting, food will be available and funds raised will go to the designated charities; a raffle will also take place with some great prizes on offer including tickets for the O2 Academy, Riverside and Think Tank, a month subscription to Blyth Barbells and Fitness and much more.

The event starts at 2pm this Sunday at Trillians, Princess Square, and more information can be found on the event page ‘Fighting the Black Dog – Raising Awareness for Mental Health.

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Glastonbury-bound for Tyneside drummer

Local session drummer, Kyle Hughes, 19, is Glastonbury-bound this summer when he joins up with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls.

The young drummer, who late last year performed on a mini-tour with former Guns n’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Tygers of Pan Tang hot shot, Micky McCrystal, is readying himself for what could be a massive few months ahead.

With two dates on The Spike Stage (22 and 24 June) Kyle, who has been with the Skulls for nearly two years, will warm-up for the big one with a gig at London’s Off The Cuff (OTC) Bar on Herne Hill just for good measure (support from Carpet Face and Rachel Darcy).

In an exclusive, and rare interview, Kyle, who has also recently been endorsed by Natal, said: “This really is all pretty amazing right now and I’m honoured to be playing at Glastonbury, more so at my age.

“It’s rather surreal so I’m just looking forward to it more than anything as I’m going to be playing at what is such a prestigious event.; I think I’ll just go and do what I do best and that’s make some noise.”

Kyle first across Ms. Dawn back in early-2015 when his previous band, Twister, were supporting Bumblefoot at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, Aurora being there as a special guest performer of the Art of Anarchy star. The drummer however, well it was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride that, right now, has no end in sight.

“When I first met Aurora I was sat in the hotel lobby in Newcastle waiting for Ron,” explained Kyle.

“Aurora approached me and asked if I’d be interested in working together on a few projects and the next thing you know I’m rehearsing with the Skulls. You could well say that that gig with Ron was my audition.

“Now it’s Glastonbury here we come, first stop the OTC, and I’m buzzing as it’s my first experience of it, in any capacity.

“As for Aurora, she’s amazing, a real talent in her own right and it’s great seeing the support she gets; for me she’s pretty much the real deal and that’s why people turn up and pay to see her.”

Kyle Hughes will be performing with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls at the OTC Bar in London on June 20, then they will rock up to Glastonbury for two dates, June 22 and 24, on The Spike Stage.

FEATURE: All Roads Keep Leading Back ‘Home’ For Fordham

Born in Portsmouth on the south-west coast, and having emigrated from blighty to the west coast of America and now residing in California, you’d start to wonder what international soloist, Julia Fordham, has as connections to the north-east of England.

Ms Fordham’s mother still resides on Hayling Island, across the Langstone Harbour from Pompey, family heritage traces its way back to the heart of the north-east, with Tyneside values instilled in her, with Gateshead and Newcastle very much running through the family veins.

Now in her fifties the delightfully humorous, ever-smiling, blonde bombshell saw her early career, under the name of ‘Jules’ Fordham, be a backing singer for the likes of Mari Wilson (the Neasden Queen of Soul) and Kim Wilde during the eighties, going on to sign her own recording contract in the latter stages of the decade.

Working with stars of that calibre meant that the British-born star was able to make it on her and some seventeen albums later, Julia Fordham was released in 1988 and The Language of Love in 2014, are testament to the strength of character and test of time an artist is willing to endure for success.

Julia is now preparing for a trip back to the UK, and a 13 date tour in November where she’ll begin in Worthing, take in Gateshead’s Sage, and finish in Portsmouth, an intentional stopping point for her family showing that, although a million miles away, home is never far from her mind.

“My mother was born in Gateshead, Emily Street to be precise, and went to St Cuthbert’s School as well,” began Julia, who only recently found out her family heritage.

“Gran is also from Newcastle before moving over to Fleetwood and when we talk to each, there is always a hint of Geordie slipping into conversation on the phone.

“I was here two years ago as well (for the 25th Anniversary of the Porcelain Tour) so when I knew of this tour I wanted to get Gateshead in immediately. I love it here and always take in some of the sights when I come back. With mum now living on Hayling Island I’ve intentionally finished the tour there, for her.”

Often likened to Canadian singer-songwriter, and her own inspiration in Joni Mitchell, Julia has seen her career move constantly upwards since that debut album was granted platinum status and made the Billboard 200 chart; her second album, Porcelain, in 1988, was afforded a gold certification by the British Phonoraphic Industry (her only album to make the top 100 in America).

Her success on stage has seen Julia gain spots on BBC1’s Wogan chat show (April 1988) and BBC Radio 2’S Richard Madeley on Sunday show (July 2013), the latter coming a week after singer Michael Ball played her single ‘Skipping under the Rainbow’ on his own Sunday night radio show.

“Going on Madeley’s show was such a wonderful thing for me and it put me back into the spotlight,” continued an ever-beaming Julia.

“It was wonderful to be able to do that, and do something that I love; it’s because of that I will certainly be looking at making some radio appearances this time around as well, although I will be rehearsing from November 5.

“It’s been 28 years now since the first album so I’m thinking of something for the thirtieth anniversary (in 2018) but this is certainly a fickle business which we call show business but I have a very loyal and dedicated fan base and it still surprises me that they come out as much as they do – it’s nothing short of miraculous though that I can do what I have done without being with a major record label.

“It’s not tiring, and it’s not glamorous though, it’s just something that I love doing and really enjoy; coming back to Britain (she toured in 2014 on her Porcelain Tour taking in the Cadogan Hall in London, The Sage in Gateshead, and the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, before closing at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne).

“I love touring the country as it’s so beautiful, it’s stunning.”

The key aspect of her upcoming tour is that it is ‘Julia Fordham – Live by Request’ and that her ever-adoring fans have been given the opportunity to, by her choosing to do something different, perform what they want to hear so they were invited to choose their favourites as she’ll “play all the hits, and throw in some surprises.”