Original Lindisfarne frontman Ray Jackson has launched a new version of the band and confirmed a series of shows in December, with plans to tour further afield in 2014.
The lineup features guitarists Dave Hull-Denholm, Charlie Harcourt and Steve Daggett alongside bassist Ian Thomson and Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson. Every member asides from Thompson has been in a previous version of Lindisfarne, although not all at the same time.
The move came after Jackson performed for the first time with Hull-Denholm in 2012, at the unveiling of a memorial plaque to co-founder Alan Hull, who died in 1995. Earlier this year Jackson announced a one-off Christmas show in Newcastle City Hall, to help save the venue which was threatened with closure at the time. The speed of ticket sales encouraged him to take the idea further.
As a result Lindisfarne will play the following shows:
Dec 15: Middlesbrough Town Hall
Dec 16: Harrogate Town Hall
Dec 17: Hull City Hall
Dec 20: Newcastle City Hall
Dec 22: Newcastle City Hall
Dec 23: Newcastle City Hall
Tickets are on sale now, although the last two dates have already sold out.
Jackson says: “Dave is one of the very few performers who could stand in Alan’s shoes and front Lindisfarne with me. When we first got together earlier this month to rehearse, it was absolutely amazing. It felt like the original Lindisfarne, only better.
“We’re all looking forward to the Christmas shows and, from 2014, to touring and performing at music festivals here and abroad. It’s about time there was a permanent Lindisfarne band representing the North-East for fans old and new.
“I’ve got a few good years left in me – and after that, there’s no reason why Lindisfarne should not live on with a new generation of great musicians; and, most certainly, continue the tradition of the Lindisfarne Christmas Shows at Newcastle City Hall.”
Hull’s widow Pat has given her blessing, saying: ““This is the Lindisfarne that Alan would have been happy to see performing his music. It was never the same after Ray left, and Alan missed him. I’ll be in the audience at all of the Newcastle Christmas shows along with my family.”