Gig: Rod Clements – The Kings Head, Carlisle

Posted on: Saturday, Jun 16, 2012

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Thursday, 21st June, 2012

The Kings Head, Fisher Street, Carlisle, CA3 8RF

North East folk-rock hero Rod Clements plays Carlisle’s excellent summer music night, ‘The Courtyard Live @ the Kings Head’ in the historic real ale pub on Fisher Street on Thursday, 21st June.  The venue, which is outdoor but covered over to protect patrons from the changeable Cumbrian weather, has an excellent line up of artists for 2012 many of whom are nearly sold out such as bluesmen Ian Siegal and Marcus Bonfanti.

Veteran founding member of legendary Newcastle band Lindisfarne, Rod Clements toured throughout the world with the Geordie songsters during the early 1970’s following the success of songs such as ‘Fog on the Tyne’, ‘Lady Eleanor’and ‘Run for Home’. One of their most famous songs ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ was written by Rod Clements, and reached number five in the charts in 1972. The band was of course renowned for the Christmas concerts held in Newcastle City Hall for over 20 years which brought tears to the eyes of the North East faithful.

Following numerous splits and reunions the band finally brought the curtain down in 2003 and since then Clements has toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists including Nigel Stonier, Thea Gilmore, Rab Noakes and Michael Chapman – showcasing his songwriting skills, excellent slide guitar and Dobro playing through the genres of folk, blues and rock.  Indeed Erin Rocha had a hit in 2004 with the Clements / Nigel Stonier composition ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’.

He has released a number of solo albums and during his one man shows he features a selection of folk, rock and blues selections from his extensive back catalogue as well as many favourites from his Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad days while relating anecdotes from his long career.

Support for the evening comes from a regular contributor to the many acoustic jam sessions of South Cumbria, Mike Williams. The veteran guitarist from the Isle of Man played for many years with folk artist Christine Collister and he never fails to brighten up the stage with his cheery selection of songs from both folk and Americana.

The doors open at 8.00 and the evening costs £4.

(Pic: Ian Thomson)

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