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Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham formed Nine Below Zero in 1979, quickly developing a reputation as an excellent high energy live act. 1980 saw the release of classic first album, Live at the Marquee  and a sell-out show at the iconic Hammersmith Odeon.


The 80’s saw further successful album releases and gigs with the likes of The Who and The Kinks, and TV appearances on the Old Grey Whistle Test, South Bank Show and anarchic comedy hit The Young Ones. 1983- 1989 saw Dennis form soul/pop outfit The Truth producing two Top 20 singles in the UK.


In 1990 the public welcomed back NBZ with open arms at a sold-out 10th Anniversary gig at London’s Town and Country Club and the next few years saw the band support the likes of Sting, Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Brian May, Bruce Willis, Gary Moore and Chuck Berry.


Recent years have seen collaborations with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and tours with Dr Feelgood, Eddie And The Hotrods, The Stranglers and Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam and recent critically-acclaimed album release, Shades of Blue sees the 4-piece band augmented by the addition of a horn section, keyboards, violin and backing vocalists, creating an exciting new NBZ big band vibe, debuting live on the acoustic stage at 2016’s Glastonbury festival. Welcome to NBZ - this is a band that simply HAVE to be heard live.


                                               Friday headliner

‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ So said Wilko in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. But despite the doctors’ worst predictions he continued to perform and present himself with vigour and a new zest for life. In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free.


The man from Canvey Island, became the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse of Dr Feelgood, throughout the mid-70s, duck-walking his way across countless stages and venues in the UK, performing gutsy down-to-earth rock and roll and becoming one of the guitar heroes of the era. With Feelgood, the Solid Senders, Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads, and the Wilko Johnson Band, all through the ’80s, ’90s and into the new millennium he continued to gig in the UK, Europe and Japan. But it was when Julien Temple’s award winning Oil City Confidential came out in 2009, with Wilko emerging as the film’s star, that the world once again sat up and paid attention to his extraordinary talent.


An acting part in the hit series Game of Thrones added another twist to Wilko’s unique career, 2014 saw the release of the no.3 hit collaboration album with Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home and 2015 saw Wilko and Julien Temple team up again for hit documentary The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson. He remains one of UK music’s iconic figures and we are extremely excited to welcome Wilko and his band to Northern Kin as we can’t think of a better way to finish off Friday’s stunning music marathon.


The Russ Tippins Electric Band has been together since October 2009, initially playing rock & blues covers around the bar and club circuit in the North-East. By Spring 2010, they'd cooked up enough ideas to go and make their own album at Newcastle’s Cluny Studios.


The result was the "Electrickery" CD and subsequent reactions were way beyond expectations, getting some incredible press reviews - including album of the month in Classic Rock, the UK's biggest music magazine. Russ and his band play the length and breadth of the country, to vociferous acclaim, and he is without doubt one of the country’s finest guitarists.

The performances of this punk folk band, and their debut album, have been lauded with praise by all the bloggers and fans who have listened to them. Highly energetic, intense and engaging, Driven Serious are frequently compared to the energy of the early Levellers or The Waterboys.


After years of graft, they have achieved main stages and headline slots at numerous festivals. Their raucous, rowdy and sense of self-deprecating fun, along with the versatile musicianship and song writing, is refreshing and genuine. After their performance at Northern Kin you will be spreading the word.


Ferocious Dog are an English folk punk band from Warsop, Nottinghamshire, with a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk, infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions.


Don’t just take our word for it, these quotes sum them up nicely and you are in for a musical treat:


“English working class Celtic-folk punk, The Levellers meets Billy Bragg meets The Pogues. As authentic as feck”. – Shite’n’Onions USA


“As someone who has played with The Levellers, Oysterband and Wonderstuff Ferocious Dog are carrying on the tradition of folk rock the way it was meant to be done”  – Dan Donnelly.

Saturday Headliners


Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers LINDISFARNE return to form with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar.


With a repertoire of unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, LINDISFARNE’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get you on your feet and singing along.


We couldn't think of a better band to headline Saturday night at the first Northern Kin Festival than these true music legends and we're sure you'll agree and come along to join us.


Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning! The band's achievements have reached incredible heights with their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems which they proudly call 'Bagrock'.


With sold-out tours all over the World and a fan-base that includes Ewan McGregor, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Player, The Scottish Rugby Team, Her Majesty the Queen and Samuel L Jackson, you know you're in for something special.


This is a fantastic opportunity to catch a band at the height of its powers. There has never been anything quite like the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Wherever you are you are sure to have felt the chilli heat. It’s time now to come closer to the fire!

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of last decade (worldwide, all genres), and winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Album of the Year, The Unthanks have an army of notable fans, including Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Al Murray, Ade Edmondson, Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Paul Morley, Martin Hayes, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby.


The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point and predominant song source, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 7 albums to date.


You'll find them played by the folk show on BBC Radio 2, but equally by cutting edge BBC6 Music, Radio 3 and Radio 1 DJs. Definable only by their restless eccentricity, there are no easy one-liners to capture who or what The Unthanks are, or much point in guessing what they'll do next. There is a socially conscious heart to much of The Unthanks' work. They see folk music less as a style of music and more as an oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks.


Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.


Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on 'Aqualung'. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.


As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to watch a true guitar legend.


Time for a fresh approach. Enter TRADarrr. Punningly recalling the assault of the new which Fairport’s 1969 LP represented, they have reimagined folk rock, painting from a much larger palette, introducing the tints, tones and textures of a whole panoply of musical genres. As you’d expect, here are the precision percussion, searingly tasteful guitars, melodic basses and fiery fiddles, associated with the genre. But in addition, one finds brass in truly British styles – the dazzling brightness of Purcell, the oomph of Elgar, the emotive richness of a Yorkshire brass band soloist - but also hints of jazz, trad and modern, and even the occasional mariachi riff, string sections, and countless astute references to a long legacy of pop and rock in its many forms.


However, this is by no means an “everything including the kitchen sink” approach. Elements are used sparingly, tellingly and, most important of all, appropriately. When less is more, the sound is stripped back.  Many of the songs and tunes they perform are familiar classics. Many are simply gems from the tradition that band members have always wanted to perform - could there be a better reason for singing a song? Folk Rock at its finest.


The Young’uns have cemented their reputation at the forefront of the English folk scene in the last few years. Having taken their uplifting voices, powerful songs, spine tingling harmonies and raucous humour to audiences across the UK and around the world, they won the title of ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2015 and 2016.


The Young'uns have now beaten a host of other great names to win 'Best Album' at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Belfast - for their hugely celebrated (& already award-winning) album 'Strangers' and we're delighted that they're coming to Northern Kin.


Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.


The Tea Pad are 5 years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University and now sees them playing clubs, dancehalls and festivals the breadth of the British Isles and into mainland Europe (there was even a brief trip to India last year). Based on Tyneside but with members hailing from Orkney to Warwickshire, the Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Cab Calloway – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time.


Paul Rose, born in Newcastle, is without doubt one of the most unique and talented guitarists in the world today. Fundamentally a rock guitarist, his extraordinary playing style touches on blues, country, jazz and folk, blended together into a style that is entirely his own. Never a gig goes by where audience members don’t comment that Paul is the best guitarist they’ve seen and heard.


Rory Gallagher awarded Paul a Fender ’62 Reissue Strat, with a Vox AC30, in a Fender sponsored competition that invited guitarists from all over the UK. Out of 1000 guitarists, Rory selected Paul as the winner and described him as ‘a hot player with a hot future.’ Having also won ‘Guitarist of the Year’ in Guitarist Magazine a couple of years later, Paul is a force to be reckoned with.


Paul has worked as a producer/artist/session guitarist with Ted McKenna (drummer with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), Rory Gallagher, Michael Schenker, Bobby Womack, Gerry McAvoy (bassist with Rory Gallagher for 25 years), Randy Brecker, Bill Evans (tenor sax for Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, Herbie Hancock, Derek Trucks) & John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (Free, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jon Martyn, Pete Townsend and 30 years with The Who) amongst others. Paul has spent the last 18 months in the New York area playing with his US version of the Paul Rose Trio, with a weekly residency at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village and gigs at the Iridium and B. B. Kings. This is a rare treat for you to catch a true guitar genius.



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