The story behind some of Tyneside’s best-loved songs

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The story of one of Tyneside’s best-loved bands for more than thirty years opens its 2014 tour in Alnwick later this month.

The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group’s music and achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, frontman for the final eight years of the group.

Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne’s classic songs and tell the inside story of the group’s rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to San Francisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury.

They describe the group’s early days on Tyneside in the 1960s hustling for gigs and their rise to fame in the early seventies.

The show is illustrated with personal archive photographs and video and describes their worldwide tours, festival successes and TV appearances, their triumphant return home and their unique relationship with Newcastle City Hall, venue for more than 130 Lindisfarne performances.

Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home – all of these songs have a story behind them. Enjoy hearing them again in an intimate venue and discover the inspiration behind their composition.

The Lindisfarne Story is at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, February 28, at 7.30pm. £13.50, £12.50 conc, £14.50 premier, £12.50 Friends.