Newcastle’s Mining Institute is set to play host to a fantastic, folk-fuelled evening of music as Folkish Explosion returns to the beautiful and historic venue for its third year on Saturday 5th May with a very special line-up.
Folkish Explosion has gained a reputation for showcasing some of the most soulful, folk-infused acts over recent years – and 2018s instalment promises more of the same. Headlining the evening is punk-folk five-piece, Driven Serious, who promises to deliver an intense, energetic set. Drawing comparisons to such greats as The Waterboys and The Levellers, the band’s raucous, infectious sound, combined with their versatile musicianship and songwriting, creates a recipe for a folk feast like no other.
As if that wasn’t enough, gig-goers can expect three other sensational, string-filled sets. Folk-punk exotica trio, Bubamara, are sure to sprinkle an extra twist of zest upon the evening with their ska/skiffle take on Mediterranean melodies, whilst James Gray Robson &the Lovely Burn will bathe the atmosphere in soulful, tender acoustic bliss; the North East duo are praised for their unique ability to combine powerful, emotive vocals with awe-inspiring instrumentalism.
Last but by no means least, The Shaw Clark Project is sure to captivate the audience with their infectious, eclectic mix of original songs and covers. The Northumberland duo has been described as a 21st century Sonny & Cher, with their mesmerising guitar skills and impressive vocal harmonies. With the latter harbouring a reputation of evoking unpredictable madness, and the promise of a surprise collaboration to end the evening, revellers aren’t to be disappointed.
Folkish Explosion 2018 will take place at Newcastle’s Mining Institute on Saturday 5th May. Advance tickets, priced at £6.00, are available from wegottickets.com. Alternatively, tickets may be purchased on the door for £8.00.