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SummerTyne Lovin’ for Northern Country Queen

(Images courtesy of Keith Fusco Photography)

Labelled as the Northern Country Queen, Tyneside-based singer-songwriter, Chloe Chadwick, takes her debut offering, Dustbowl Jukebox, into the acclaimed SummerTyne Americana Festival later this month.

A number of years in the making, and with her self-titled, 2015 EP, sandwiched in between, the launch itself was strategically placed either side of outings at Sage Gateshead, the second of which will see her appear the SummerTyne Americana Festival for the third successive year.

“What can I say about the SummerTyne Americana other than it’s just a fantastic event to be a part of once again,” Chloe stated with an enthusiastic smile.

I’ll be playing the concourse for the second time in three years having headlined the Jumping Hot Stage last year, but it’s great that artists from all over can be here so I’ll be sharing with the likes of The Shires, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Callaghan, Chuck Prophet, Sam Outlaw – it’s endless really.

I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the acts at this year’s event as I’ve always been elsewhere.”

“This festival puts the north east on the map for Americana music and it’s great to be a part of this wonderful event yet again!”

Of significant importance to Chloe’s musical career though was the launch of her debut album, it finally having been released to an increasingly eager following. The ten-track album, spearheaded by her latest single Love Will Find A Way sees Chloe aiming to take 2017 by storm.

An album that has something for everyone with undertones of pop, rock, country, blues and soul embedded throughout the artist believes she’s struck the perfect chord with this, adding: “My favourites are Big River and Plain Old Jane with the former being that classy ballad which relates to previous experiences whilst living life to the full.

“Recorded over in Los Angeles it came out exactly how I envisioned it, it really couldn’t have been any better.”

Her focus, albeit on her album launch, could well be swayed by end-of the-year awards nights, Chloe receiving dual nominations at the UKL Country Radio awards for the second successive year in September.

Nominated for both UK Country Artist of the Year and Female Country Singer of the Year among other country artists such as Jade Helliwell and Lily Garland, Wayne Jacobs and Zenne Kober, Chloe is adamant that her debut offering will carry her forward.

She added: “It’s been a labour of love more than twenty years in the making and the feeling is that I’ve delivered on my pledge to write the most authentic and personal account of an everyman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

“The actual launch itself was a huge success and for me there’s nothing better than playing to a home crowd and they certainly got behind me for my debut release and for that I’m thankful.”

You can keep up-to-date with all Chloe’s musical career via her website and can download the album via iTunes (hard copies also available via her website at £10)

Also, check out Keith Fusco Music Productions


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.

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.”