Jack Blackman + Steve Pledger

Sun Mar 20 2022

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Doors 5:00 PM)

The Engine Room

The Old Maltings Building Tanners Bank North Shields NE301JH

£9.50

Ages 18+

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Jack Blackman has been making waves in the UK blues scene for quite some time now, and he is fast developing into one of the country’s finest exports of acoustic roots. Jack fuses a folk sensibility to summon the ghosts of blues long gone and if there is one guy qualified to give an opinion on contemporary roots music it's the BBC's Bob Harris who describes the guitar playing of Jack Blackman as 'exceptional'. Another respected voice worth paying attention to is acclaimed folk musician Martin Simpson - nominated 23 times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, including nine times consecutively as Artist of The Year, Martin said of Jack ‘At last! A brilliant young guitarist coming through'. Jack has not only toured the length and breadth of the UK, he has also been to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta where he jammed with the late-great Tony Joe White. Perhaps the TJW influence rubbed off on him - Acoustic Magazine described Jack as sounding 'older and more careworn than his tender years should allow.'

Steve Pledger's musical influences are many, varied and not always obvious. They include - in no particular order - Graham Parker, Cat Stevens, Rush, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Don McLean, Elvis (both of them) and Bruce Springsteen. In 2016 Steve released his third album, 'Somewhere Between' which several reviewers described as his finest work to date. FATEA Magazine called it 'Steve's tour-de-force. An album that casts Steve as a protest singer, up there with the likes of Billy Bragg, Phil Ochs and Ewan MacColl.' and fRoots Magazine called it 'An object lesson in the craft of contemporary song writing.' It was FATEA's Album Of The Year and Folkwords Album Of The Year by a Male Artist. In 2019 Steve released a live album, 'Alone In The Dark', which Roots & Fusion included in their 25 Essential Albums of the Year. Steve released three home-recorded tracks in 2020 - 'Prayer Of The Self-Employed', 'Reseda' and 'The Baptist's Father'. The latter,  a piano-backed, spoken-word version of a previously unreleased song which he had been playing live for around 18 months. In January 2021, this recording was awarded the FATEA Track of the Year.

Jack Blackman + Steve Pledger

  • Jack Blackman

    Jack Blackman

    British Blues

  • Steve Pledge

    Steve Pledge

    Folk-Blues

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Jack Blackman + Steve Pledger

Sun Mar 20 2022 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(Doors 5:00 PM)

The Engine Room North Shields
Jack Blackman + Steve Pledger

£9.50 Ages 18+

Jack Blackman has been making waves in the UK blues scene for quite some time now, and he is fast developing into one of the country’s finest exports of acoustic roots. Jack fuses a folk sensibility to summon the ghosts of blues long gone and if there is one guy qualified to give an opinion on contemporary roots music it's the BBC's Bob Harris who describes the guitar playing of Jack Blackman as 'exceptional'. Another respected voice worth paying attention to is acclaimed folk musician Martin Simpson - nominated 23 times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, including nine times consecutively as Artist of The Year, Martin said of Jack ‘At last! A brilliant young guitarist coming through'. Jack has not only toured the length and breadth of the UK, he has also been to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta where he jammed with the late-great Tony Joe White. Perhaps the TJW influence rubbed off on him - Acoustic Magazine described Jack as sounding 'older and more careworn than his tender years should allow.'

Steve Pledger's musical influences are many, varied and not always obvious. They include - in no particular order - Graham Parker, Cat Stevens, Rush, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Don McLean, Elvis (both of them) and Bruce Springsteen. In 2016 Steve released his third album, 'Somewhere Between' which several reviewers described as his finest work to date. FATEA Magazine called it 'Steve's tour-de-force. An album that casts Steve as a protest singer, up there with the likes of Billy Bragg, Phil Ochs and Ewan MacColl.' and fRoots Magazine called it 'An object lesson in the craft of contemporary song writing.' It was FATEA's Album Of The Year and Folkwords Album Of The Year by a Male Artist. In 2019 Steve released a live album, 'Alone In The Dark', which Roots & Fusion included in their 25 Essential Albums of the Year. Steve released three home-recorded tracks in 2020 - 'Prayer Of The Self-Employed', 'Reseda' and 'The Baptist's Father'. The latter,  a piano-backed, spoken-word version of a previously unreleased song which he had been playing live for around 18 months. In January 2021, this recording was awarded the FATEA Track of the Year.

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This event is 18 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 18 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. TicketWeb are committed to supporting grassroots & independent music across the UK and are proud to partner with and support the work of the Music Venue Trust. A 50p contribution from the booking fee on each ticket goes directly to maintain and sustain this venue. For more info on the work the Music Venues Trust does to support grassroots venues in the UK please visit www.musicvenuetrust.com