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HAVING been around for many year now, Ian Bruce, has emerged as one of the great singer/song-writers of the Scottish folk movement.

 He’s a powerful singer, best known for his own very accomplished songs.

 In recent years he’s been including quite a lot of traditional songs in his set and was chosen, alongside Tony Cuffe, Rod Paterson and Billy Ross, to be part of an album – The Complete Works Of Robbie Burns – to celebrate 300 years since the famous man’s birth.

 Ian is currently touring in the UK and stops off on Saturday at the Davy Lamp in the Arts Centre, Washington.

Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner are two of the most experienced and established harmony singers around.  

They have a leaning towards traditional English material, but occasionally diversify and perform their own material and Victorian/Edwardian songs.

Their interpretation of both contemporary and traditional material is sensitive, moving and has plenty of humour.

They’re here in the North East this week, and you can see them on Sunday at the Rugby Club in Westoe, and on Monday at the Sun Inn in Stockton.

Monday also sees a performance by two new names on me.

Nanne Kalma and Ankie Van der Meer will be filling the guest spot at the Bridge in Newcastle. I’m afraid I can tell you nothing about the duo – but all the more reason to go along to find out for yourself.

You can be sure of a warm welcome.

Singers’ nights this week kick off on Sunday at the Rugby Club, Guisborough; Monday at the Smiths Arms, Chester-le-Street; Tuesday at the Sports Club, Newton Aycliffe, the Britannia, Darlington and the South Causey Inn, Stanley; Wednesday at the Catholic Club, Birtley and next Thursday, at the Tap and Spile, Durham, the Wellington, Wolviston, the Black Bull in Blaydon, Darlington Arts Centre and the Duke William in Skelton

Happy Listening ...