Village hall will be jumpin’ with full line-up of music and more

Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, from Texas, who are performing at Jumoj Hot Country Cantina.
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, from Texas, who are performing at Jumoj Hot Country Cantina.

Music stars from near and far are heading to Northumberland for a full line-up of entertainment.

The Jumpin Hot Club is taking over Acklington Village Hall next week for a live music Country Cantina event.

Martin Stephenson and The Toe Rags, who will be performing at Jumpin Hot Country Cantina.

Martin Stephenson and The Toe Rags, who will be performing at Jumpin Hot Country Cantina.

Ten music acts are lined-up for the event, which will also include food by La Fiesta, beer and cider from Hadrian Border Brewery, children’s craft activities and stalls.

Club director and music programmer Graham Anderson said: “It’s quite exciting as it’s our first event up in Northumberland.

“It’s going to be a splendid day and great for the locals.

“With 10 acts appearing it works out at £2 per act, which is as cheap as Amble chips.”

Kari Macleod who will be performing at Jumpin Hot Country Cantina.

Kari Macleod who will be performing at Jumpin Hot Country Cantina.

Artists appearing at the event include Martin Stephenson and The Toe Rags, who have agreed to a one-off gig after more than a decade away from the stage. They will play a fun mixture of old time rockability and self-penned tunes.

Texas songstress Brennen Leigh will pay tribute to one of her heroes of country music, the late Lefty Frizzell, in a full set of Leigh sings Lefty.

Fellow Texan Noel McKay, whose music has taken him across the United States and around the world, and who was discovered by songwriting legend Guy Clark in 1993, will perform as part of a Songwriters’ Circle, along with artists Bridie Jackson, Vera Van Heeringen, Archie Brown and Nev Clay.

Bridie has agreed to take a break from her Arbour trio for a solo spot, while bluegrass songwriter and guitarist Vera, from Holland, has recently launched a new album, Proper Brew.

Archie is an acclaimed songwriter who specialises in heartfelt country soul, and North East musician Nev, from Newcastle, has been playing the region’s music scene for 22 years, once touring with Kathryn Williams.

Another songwriter on the bill is Tim Dalling, who is best known for his work with The New Rope String Band. He has been described as a cross between Ivor Cutler and Randy Newman.

Geordie country swing troupe Shipcote and Friends will also be playing.

And Kari Macleod and The Fugitives, from the Highlands of Scotland, will be showing why they’re such a hit on the Newcastle folk/roots scene.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 6, from 2pm to 11.30pm.

Tickets cost £20 and are limited so early booking is advised. They are available from The Cluny in Newcastle, or online at www.wegotickets.com