North East folk-rock legends Lindisfarne have announced a second Legendary Christmas show at Newcastle City Hall on December 22.
The new look Lindisfarne, fronted by founding member and songwriter Rod Clements, announced the December 23 Christmas show last month. But with demand already outstripping supply, the band have announced an extra show.
Both December shows will feature all their greatest hits, along with a host of audience favourites. Tickets for the second night have just gone on sale and are available through the City Hall box office.
The Lindisfarne Christmas Party Hats, a part of the unique festive atmosphere, will also be making a welcome return this year.
This year the band will also be doing their bit for charity after agreeing to donate every penny from the sale of their 2015 Christmas Show Programme to the charity Rock Against Cancer.
The generous move by the band will raise much needed additional funds for the charity which is supported by superstars Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and Brian May.
Lindisfarne backed Rock Against Cancer this summer when the band played live at the charity’s annual summer concert alongside Squeeze.
Rock Against Cancer was conceived over five years ago by Paul McCartney’s sound engineer John Callis, Andy Scott from the band Sweet and Richard Baulu, who runs The Kings Arms in the village of All Cannings, in Wiltshire.
The aim was to put on a fund-raising concert behind the pub. The idea caught on and after four concerts the charity has raised well over £110,000.
It’s 39 years since the very first Lindisfarne Christmas Show at Newcastle City Hall took place and following well over a hundred nights over the years, the Lindisfarne Christmas Show has become a seasonal celebration and a legendary North-East tradition.
The Christmas show will be especially poignant this year following the sad news that founder member Si Cowe died in his adopted home in Toronto, Canada.
It is also 20 years this month since original frontman and singer songwriter Alan Hull passed away.
When frontman Ray Jackson decided to retire from the band in January this year, the core of the band agreed to continue and approached founder member and singer/songwriter Rod Clements to re-join. Since then with Rod on board, the band have performed at a number of festivals and one-off shows over the summer alongside Status Quo, Squeeze, The Proclaimers and Paul Carrack.
Returning to the City Hall in December will mark a musical highlight in a very successful year. Rod Clements said: “I was delighted to return to the band this year and looking back, we have enjoyed some fantastic performances and a wonderful reception wherever we have played. We have a first class line-up of musicians on-board and the emphasis is all about the music.
“Of course the City Hall show will be a bit of an emotional one for the band after losing our friend and former bandmate Si but we’ll make sure it will be a celebration to remember.
“With both City Hall dates falling so close to Christmas we also thought that bringing the party hats back would really help people get into the festive spirit.”
Alongside Rod, the band features Charlie Harcourt on guitar who first joined Lindisfarne in 1973, long term band associate/‘sixth man’ and producer Steve Daggett on keyboards and guitars, Ian Thomson who played bass from 1993 onwards and Dave Hull-Denholm who collaborated with Alan Hull on his final solo album Statues and Liberties and who has been a Lindisfarne band member since 1994. The line-up is completed with the ‘Great’ Paul Thompson from Roxy Music on drums.
The December Shows which will feature all of their classic hits including the breakthrough single Meet Me On The Corner (written by Rod and recently used as theme music for the BBC2 series Boy Meets Girl) along with Lady Eleanor and Run For Home, We Can Swing Together and Winter Song and not forgetting their Tyneside anthem Fog On The Tyne.
•Tickets are available by telephone from the Newcastle City Hall Box Office on 0191 277 8030, or online at www.ticketline.co.uk
•We’ve got two pairs of tickets, worth £35 each, to give away to the Lindisfarne Christmas show on December 22.
To be in with a chance of winning, complete the name of this song – Fog on the?
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