Blues, Folk & Americana Concert
to benefit the
Northumberland National Park
Mountain Rescue Team
15th September 2018
Eight of Northumberland’s finest musicians present an evening of Blues, Folk & Americana music all for the benefit of the NNP Mountain Rescue Team. The evening features Andrew Lobb, a gifted singer-songwriter whose songs celebrate Northumberland; Karl Robins and Amanda Martin, a duo from the Scottish borders with a mix of contemporary and traditional songs; Tom O’Donnell, whose Americana and alt country songs reflect his American roots; and Beautiful Poison, a blues & folk quartet whose eclectic repertoire and magnificent musicianship will sweep you away.
The Coquetdale Music Trust (former United Reformed Church),Thropton NE65 7ND
Tickets: £10 Available for purchase at Tully’s, High Street, Rothbury
Phone: 01669622367 (leave message)
Andrew Lobb is an accomplished contemporary folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, who draws inspiration from the beauty of the hills and valleys of Northumberland, Holy Island and the stories of folk from years past.
Andrew’s music is a celebration of this unique part of the United Kingdom, its history and its culture – both past and present. His songs are a reflection of Northern Heritage – a contemporary take on the past, and some of the people who lived and worked through those hard times.
Karl Robins & Amanda Martin
Karl Robins is originally from Leeds in the North of England but now lives in Northumberland in Spittal, near Berwick Upon Tweed. He has been playing for many years in a variety of bands with many different line ups, playing music in the Acoustic Folk/ Folk Rock genre. A songwriter since his late teens, Karl likes to experiment with different rhythms and styles. Plays acoustic and electric guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro sings melodies and harmonies.
Amanda Martin hails from Shoresdean, near Berwick upon Tweed. She has been singing with Karl for 18 months now, as well as playing tenor guitar. Together they perform a range of traditional and interesting contemporary songs as well as some original material.
Tom O’Donnell has brought his unique blend of Americana, Roots, Folk and Country music to audiences in America, England and Europe for years. Featuring stunning vocals and complex acoustic guitar accompaniment, Tom’s songs range from thoughtful to hilarious, brooding to joyful, but always beautiful and reflective, whether they celebrate the hardness and resilience of the American heartland, the joy of discovery and insight, or memories and ruminations on life.
A survivor of the Great Folk Revival (or Scare) of the ‘60s, Tom was inspired by the Kingston Trio and later by the singer/songwriters of the era, including Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and especially John Stewart. Although broadly oriented to Americana, Folk and Roots music, Tom’s tastes are eclectic. Don’t be surprised if you hear some blues, or ‘50s rock & roll, or even British pop. Not to mention more than a bit of humor.
Tom has recorded eight albums, including his most recent, “Rothbury in the Fall.” He currently divides his time between Rothbury and Morgantown, West Virginia.
Beautiful Poison was originally formed in early 2017 and has performed live at buskers’ nights, singer-songwriter events, and at local music festivals. The band’s members–Debbie (vocals), Derek (guitar), Mary (keys) and Yiota (vocals)–all come from very different backgrounds and their musical influences vary greatly. However, they all appreciate a good tune and endeavour to do it justice when covering it. Beautiful Poison also create original material, which are mainly inspired by their folk and blues influences.