Rising Sunderland bands record compilation album

Artists who will be performing at the Stripped Back album launch in Sunderland Minster
Artists who will be performing at the Stripped Back album launch in Sunderland Minster
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RAW talent which performed stripped-back acoustic sets in a Sunderland pub are to appear together on a new compilation album.

Hundreds of emerging local acts took to the stage at The Ivy House last year, as part of Stripped Back 2012.

Now, dozens of the finest appear on a new album, which will be launched with a gig at Sunderland Minster.

Led by music centre The Bunker, the project saw many of North East music’s biggest players join forces to develop the year-long showcase.

Three acts were given the chance to play each week, with one taking their sound into Spark FM to perform live on air.

Kenny Sanger, head of local music at Spark, said: “Stripped Back was a very interesting project and unearthed some fantastic new talent who were able to get their music heard on our station.

“Spark provides great coverage and an opportunity for local acts to play a live session and play to a new audience, plus it sounds great on air, so we always get good feedback.

“Local music is important to us. We play a song from a local artist every hour during the day as part of our Six till Six Guarantee, plus we have a very popular local music show every Sunday.”

Successful Stripped Back finalists were invited to The Bunker studio to record an exclusive, never-heard-before track for the compilation CD.

The one-off gig at the Minster on Saturday, April 27, will give music lovers the chance to see the acts and hear the CD, which will be handed out free with every ticket.

South Shields musician Jen Stevens, who is playing with her band The Hiccups, said: “It’s rare to see some of the best talent in the area all performing at the same venue, on the same night, especially at such a beautiful venue as the Minster.”

Also performing in the historic church will be Ange Telford, Olivia Lawson, Tony Bengtsson, Dean James, Agerskow, Chloe & The High Tides, ELI and Ani Sandwith.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets are available from Hot Rats record shop or The Bunker.