Fog on the Tyne will be ours at the Mill

Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell of Lindisfarne NNL-140820-134241001
Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell of Lindisfarne NNL-140820-134241001

Fog on the Tyne will be drifting south as The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, recaptures the magic of Lindisfarne on September 11.

Members of the Geordie group, Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell, will be telling the story of the hit 70s band through music, words and visuals in their show entitled Lindisfarne The Story.

Ray describes the gig as ‘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’.

The pair describe the group’s early days on Tyneside in the 1960s hustling for gigs and their rise to fame in the early 1970s.

The show is illustrated with personal 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, the venue for more than 130 Lindisfarne performances

With Banbury’s background of folk-rock music, in the form of Cropredy festival, it is clear Lindisfarne will fit well into the line up of events at The Mill.

The audience will get the chance to re-live the band’s story with them.

In 2014 the appeal of Lindisfarne is as strong as ever and EMI recently released a 40th anniversary limited edition vinyl version of the platinum Fog On The Tyne album.

Established in 1968, the original line-up comprised Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, piano), Ray Jackson (vocals, mandolin, harmonica), Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards), Rod Clements (bass guitar, violin) and Ray Laidlaw (drums).

They are best known for the albums Nicely Out of Tune (1970), Fog on the Tyne (1971), which became the biggest selling UK album in 1972, Dingly Dell (1972) and Back and Fourth (1978), also for the success of songs such as Meet Me on the Corner, Lady Eleanor, Run For Home and We Can Swing Together.

Tickets cost £19 and are available at the box office on 01295 279002 or on the Mill website at www.themillarts