MUSICIAN Luke Ritchie is heading to the region with his debut album under his arm.
The singer-songwriter’s record The Water’s Edge, a blend of folk, rock and pop, has lyrics which deal with ideas of identity, British-ness and an island in decline.
He plays Newcastle Think Tank in Hoults Yard on July 23 as part of nationwide tour.
“I didn’t want to make a soft, samey album,” says Ritchie. “I’m not a soft singer. I grew up on Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and grunge, as well as people like Paul Simon and Sam Cooke.
“I like dynamic singers and powerful songs – and you can get a lot of power from acoustic instruments.”
He added: “Warily, I’d say I started out intending to make a concept album. Some of the earlier songs are quite political. Shanty I wrote around the time of the American elections. It’s about remembrance, about a country being at war for reasons that don’t seem true.
“Looking Glass is about what it means to be English and the idea of an island in ruins.”
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