North East gig The Raconteurs co-frontman Brendan Benson

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SOLO singer/ songwriter and The Raconteurs co-frontman Brendan Benson plays in the region tomorrow night.

He’ll be playing tracks from his fifth solo album at The Cluny in Newcastle.

Over the years, Brendan grew accustomed to doing things alone, releasing four solo albums to date, starting with 1996’s One Mississippi and followed by 2002’s Lapalco and 2005’s Alternative to Love.  

After a brief hiatus when he co-founded The Raconteurs with Jack White, and spent a few years touring and releasing two albums with them, he made a return to solo work with 2009’s My Old Familiar Friend.  

It was around this time that he also decided to relocate from Detroit to Nashville, a move that would set in motion events and relationships that would eventually form the backbone to his latest offering, What Kind of World.

“Marriage and having a kid was the big thing,” Brendan says of the years between this record and My Old Familiar Friend.  Having welcomed his son, Declan, in the spring of 2010, the effect on his music was apparent: “I think it’s given me a whole new motivation, a new vigour,” he says.  “If I was having a doubtful moment, I could think of Declan and think ‘I’m doing this for him.’”

He added: “I think on this record I’m saying a lot of things I never thought I would say. Maybe I’m just getting older, but I don’t want to hide now in my songs, I just want to be truthful.  And I’m realising that the truth is really interesting — I’m more attracted to honesty these days than to convolution.”

l Brendan plays The Cluny tomorrow with support from Leah Mason and Future Monarchs. Tickets are priced £12 and are available from 0870 264 3333 and online at