Faye Fantarrow at Summer Streets Festival, Sunderland

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Faye Fantarrow
Summer Streets Festival
9th July 2022

‘Discovering New Music’ has always been something of a mantra for me; so when I decided on
a trip to Cliffe Park, Sunderland for the ‘Summer Streets Festival‘ it was the line-up on the
BBC Introducing stage that caught my eye, in particular Faye Fantarrow who piqued
my interest – in 2021 Faye had received the prestigious Alan Hull songwriting award so I was curious to
see what the self described ‘19 year old female singer/songwriter….[playing] indie/pop with a
hint of folk
‘ would conjure up on a warm July afternoon.
It didn’t take long; a few lines in and I was hooked.
Faye, strumming a few simple chords on acoustic guitar allows her rich voice to dominate; but it’s the lyrics that draw me in. She does acknowledge Sam Fender as an influence on her songwriting and…

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Hector Gannet (solo) + Ren Lawton at The Engine Room, North Shields

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Hector Gannet (aka Aaron James Duff solo) + Ren Lawton
The Engine Room,
North Shields

Sunday December 11 20222

I had been looking forward to the original gig  for what seemed ages and then two days before the show, the headliner David A Jaycock pulls the plug and messages the venue to say sorry, as  he can’t make it up from his Cornish enclave.
Hats off then to The Engine Room who did more than just salvage the situation, they nailed it with a last minute line-up change. Up stepped Aaron James Duff who doubles as front man to North Shields favourites Hector Gannet  to take headliner duties.
That switch appeared to have created  a last minute rush for tickets, encouraged too by Cerys Matthews on her BBC 6 music show that morning who had recommended the gig and played support artist Ren Lawton’s ‘Cold Afternoon’ into the bargain.


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