Lindisfarne was Tyneside’s best-loved band for over 30 years and their story is now being told as a celebration of the group’s music and achievements.
The Lindisfarne Story, which arrives at Bedford Corn Exchange on Tuesday, October 28, is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man 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 70s.
The show is illustrated with 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 over 130 Lindisfarne performances.
Said Ray: “We tell the Lindisfarne Story through words, music and a fantastic selection of archive songs and pictures. It’s a product of 50 years of friendship and musical collaboration that tells the tale of a bunch of Geordie lads who followed their dream and shared a lot of laughs, a few tears, and a barrow load of fantastic music.”
Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home, all these Lindisfarne classics have a story behind them.
Enjoy hearing them again and discover what was the inspiration behind their composition.
Audiences will hear how the songs developed and how Bob Dylan’s producer helped Lindisfarne to focus their musical ideas and burst through the glam and manufactured sounds around them at the time to become one of the major British groups of the 1970s.
In 2014 the appeal of Lindisfarne has proved as strong as ever.
EMI recently released a 40th anniversary vinyl version of the Fog On The Tyne album and in March 2014 the band were honoured on Tynesides’s ‘Local Heroes Walk of Fame’ along with Alan Shearer, Sting, Clement and La Frenais and others who have raised the profile of the North East of England across the world.
The Lindisfarne Story has captured the imagination of the fans and media.
Re-live it yourself at Bedford Corn Exchange on October 28, 7.30pm.
Tickets are £17 on 01234 269519.