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THE LINE UP


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THE LINE UP


HOME GATHERING, curated and presented by Tyneside’s much-loved The Unthanks, returns for its 3rd edition this September, with another thrilling line-up across two stages in Newcastle’s Hoults Yard - a post industrial site brimming with atmosphere and regional heritage. The eclectic programme is topped by an exclusive performance of The Bairns by Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, marking the 10th anniversary of the Mercury nominated album. Pianist Stef Conner appears to reform the Winterset, for one performance only.

Other festival highlights include a rare solo performance by the peerless Joan As Policewoman, the beguiling folktronica of Beth Orton and 6 Music favourites, Dutch Uncles. If The Unthanks are known for their political and socially conscious output, it should be no surprise to find on the bill the poetic subversive funk of The Blockheads (celebrating 40 years since the release of their classic New Boots and Panties album), the cutting social commentary of folk singer Chris Wood and original rude boy Neville Staple who along with new material brings to Home Gathering the number one hits of The Specials, still as culturally relevant today as they were to turbulent late ’70’s Britain.

Comic royalty comes in the form of Alan Partridge and Royal Family writer, Henry Normal, and Graham Fellows, the genius behind John Shuttleworth and Jilted John, who surfaces from the shadows of his beloved characters for a rare performance as himself. 

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THERE'S MORE STILL....


THERE'S MORE STILL....


In addition to the special performance by Rachel Unthank & The Winterset of The Bairns, The Unthanks 10 piece line-up will top the bill on Saturday night, augmented at points by 100 singing weekenders in the audience, primed through morning harmony workshops to create what in the past two years have been spine tingling, unique moments. Having sung with just Rachel and Becky Unthank in workshops, the 100 strong choir dotted in the audience haven’t heard what the band are going to do, and the band haven’t heard the singers. The Unthanks band respond intuitively to the singers, who are gradually joined in song by the whole 1000 capacity audience, to create a wall of harmonic sound - an experience unique and belonging to everyone present.

 

Having been generously shown the ropes in the first two years by local promoters SSD, The Unthanks are now hosting and running Home Gathering in characteristically independent style, with no funding or backing. “We have a hand in every detail to ensure that despite our own largely miserable music, it will be a party from start to finish!” says Unthanks pianist and producer, Adrian McNally. “Having covered a lot of musical ground ourselves as The Unthanks, we know we are very lucky to have an openminded and venturesome audience, ready to trust and join us on our journeys. We have treated the chance to host our own festival with the same multifarious, magpie-like approach, and what we hope most of all, is that people will go home having loved something they weren’t expecting to. Its great that there’s such diversity of art form and genre to be found at festivals these days, but so often the poetry is in the poetry tent, the comedy is in the comedy tent, the big bands are on the big stage etc. We can’t help thinking that its getting like the live equivalent of the internet, with people gravitating to what they know they already like. We want to run a festival that is billed more confidently and randomly, mixing up the audience experience so that good times end up full of enriching surprises. To paraphrase Mark Twain, Home Gathering is like the weather - if you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes!

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LOCATION


LOCATION


Hoults Yard, 13 Walker Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE6 2HL

Hoults Yard is a 5-10 minute walk from the vibrant Ouseburn, or easily accessed via the following transport links:

METRO: Byker Station: 14 minutes on foot from the station to Hoults Yard

BUS: Q3 from GREY STREET HOTEL -SE BOUND- 7 Stops (Walker-Road Hawick Crescent) QUEY LINK: Q2

TAXI: Blueline: 0191 262 8787, LA Taxis 0191 287 7777* 

 

There is a modest amount of parking available at Hoults Yard but public transport / walking is advised

**There will be a taxi rank every night inside Hoults Yard from 9pm until late to take you home.**

 

 
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HOME GATHERING 2017


HOME GATHERING 2017


Home Gathering in staged in the cobbled yard of what was once one of the most famous potteries in the world, located in Byker, a stones throw from Newcastle’s cultural Ouseburn quarter. Between funky indoor post-industrial venues, you may find yourself flash-mobbed by a swirling traditional dance team, or immersed in the throng of an impromptu chorus sing by members of The Unthanks, joining a masked children’s procession, or just taking some time out for top local food or hanging out at a gin or real ale bar.

Strength in depth comes from the beautiful, exceptional voices of captivating London folk singer Lisa Knapp, singer songwriter Scott Matthews and the highly underrated sometime Fernhill singer, Julie Murphy.

Reflecting the wide influences and tastes of The Unthanks, eclectism comes in the form of Zappa-and-Stravinsky-fuelled punk-jazz from the World Service Project, strange folk from Australia’s Bush Gothic, anarchic Klezmer from Tantz, superb young Irish singer and double Folk Award winner Daoiri Farrell, and the indefinable, genre tightrope walking Scottish duo, Twelfth Day.

All this, plus local talent including Rob Heron’s latest incarnation - Sir Jac’s Bantamacs - and the most undeniable influence of all on The Unthanks - The Keelers - the unaccompanied quartet that includes Rachel and Becky’s dad George!

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We look forward to seeing you all at Home Gathering in Hoults Yard for a wonderful weekend of music, food and culture.