A Sedgefield venue is kickstarting 2018 with an expected sell-out first gig featuring acclaimed North-East artiste Rod Clements, founder and current member of folk rock legends Lindisfarne.
Clements, who is renowned as a compelling solo performer and respected slide guitarist, is set to appear at the historic Grade II listed Manor House on Saturday 3 February for a performance in the 18th century building’s Old Court Room.
Clements’ achievements include writing Lindisfarne’s instantly recognisable breakthrough hit Meet Me On The Corner for which he received an Ivor Novello award. He has also worked with many prominent figures in the folk and roots world, including Ralph McTell (playing on Streets of London), Bert Jansch, Michael Chapman, Rachel Harrington and Thea Gilmore, to name but a few. Having established a credible solo career, Rod was invited to re-join the new Lindisfarne line up in 2015, which he now co-fronts with Dave Hull-Denholm..
The gig, which is close to selling-out, is the first of an exciting programme of events planned for the Manor House over the coming months as the venue continues to cement its reputation as a prestigious location for intimate music performances, bucking a trend which has seen many small music venues close over the past decade, highlighted in a recent bill in Parliament. After the Rod Clements gig, next to perform in the Old Court Room on Friday 2 March, will be Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with popular folk group Show of Hands.
Marie Walker, events manager for Manor House 1707 Ltd, comments:
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Rod Clements to the Manor House for our first live music performance of 2018. Rod is renowned in the folk roots scene, particularly here in the North East on the back of his acclaimed work with Lindisfarne, so it’s no surprise that we only have a handful of tickets remaining and an almost guaranteed sell-out performance on our hands.
“Last year was a really significant one for Manor House 1707 as we established the Old Court Room’s reputation as a music venue, hosted a number of sell-out gigs and gained fantastic feedback from highly regarded artistes like Keith James, who praised the acoustics and our atmospheric and intimate surroundings. Our recent successes are made all the more pertinent in light of the news of the bill introduced in the House of Commons this week recommending a change to planning laws to help protect live music venue, which highlighted that 35% of the UK’s small venues have closed over the past decade.
“Small venues are crucial to the future of the music industry, presenting opportunities for performers at all stages of their careers. The Manor House looks forward to hosting a diverse range of acts this year, ranging from the very local to those with an international reputation.”
Following Clements’ inaugural performance alongside support act Ian Thomson, Miranda Sykes will make her Manor House debut on Friday 2 March, followed by Craig and Willoughby on Saturday 14 April. Meanwhile, two artistes will return to the venue by popular demand; Robert Lane will take to the stage on Saturday 31 March and Keith James will perform The Songs of Nick Drake on Saturday 26 May.
Tickets for Rod Clements and Ian Thomson are priced at £16.50 (including booking fee)
To purchase please visit: www.wegottickets.com/event/417468
For further information about the Manor House and its forthcoming events programme call 01740 62 92 64, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.manorhousesedgefield.co.uk or www.facebook.com/manorhousesedgefield, or follow @ManorHouse1707 on Twitter