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Blogs Read the latest blog posts from Sage Gateshead and find out what’s coming up and going on in the North East’s home for music. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Review and interview carried out by Peter Mann BSc

Decked in black, guitar in hand, walking in the footsteps of her idol, the legendary Johnny Cash, Bedfordshire’s Danni Nicholls took centre-stage – actually she did so a few times at this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival.

Scheduled to play the AMA UK Concourse, Nicholls made a full weekend of it also doing support slots for Angaleena Pressley and guesting on songs with Massey Ferguson and Beth Nielsen Chapman.

An exciting, bewildering performer, Nicholls encapsulated the crowd from the off in what was her maiden visit to Sage Gateshead.

Speaking after her performance she said: I’ve wanted, and been trying, to get here for years and I’m glad that I finally got the chance and I’ve absolutely loved every second. I’ve done a bit of everything over the past decade having started with jazz and playing saxophone when I was young. I inherited an electric guitar at 16 though and have never looked back

Photography by Alan Harrison

I love rock & roll and grew up on Elvis Presley as well as old school country but also songwriters like Eva Cassidy and Carole King, I’ve always experimented with different genres and it all ends up in the mix somewhere.

With two studio albums and two EP’s already to her name having released her debut, A Little Redemption, in 2015, and more recently Mockingbird Lane this year, it’s the latter which was nominated for Album of the Year at the AMA UK awards, performing at the ceremony in February.

She added: When I got back into listening to the classic country and American roots music of my childhood in 2007 it felt like coming home; something just doesn’t want me to let go, and I’m glad I’ve stuck at it. The album award nomination was a big deal for me and I followed it up by supporting Shakin’ Stevens on his recent tour which was a fantastic experience. I’ve learnt a lot in the past twelve months and I’m really grateful for all the opportunities which are coming my way. I truly am just riding the wave.

With dates to be announced Danni will be touring again in November/December this year.

Danni was interviewed at the SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 and you can follow her progress via her social media FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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Press Releases Press Releases Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0100 News Read the latest Press Releases and be the first to hear about upcoming artists, live music and performances at Sage Gateshead. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Tyneside music organisation Sage Gateshead and their close ally Sage Group Plc have today announced a new chapter in their decade-long relationship with a major package of support from the Newcastle-based finance software company for the music charity.

The £1.1m support comes as Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal draws to a close, and is a major boost in the creation of a new endowment that will help sustain the music performance and education programme run by Sage Gateshead. This support brings the total endowment raised during the Appeal, which has also benefited from match funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme, to £5.2m.

Originally named by Sage Group and first opening its doors in December 2004, Sage Gateshead has had an indelibly positive effect on the cultural life of the region. A dizzying array of artists including Debbie Harry, James Brown, Nick Cave and Sting have performed inside its stunning halls, which are also home to the celebrated Royal Northern Sinfonia. The venue’s charitable and educational work has seen tens of thousands of local people become involved in music performance and learning. Now, as it enters its second decade, this renewed and generous support from its founder partner means Sage Gateshead can go on to enrich many more people’s lives through music.

Sage Group, another North East success story, is headquartered in Newcastle Upon Tyne and has grown to become the world’s third largest supplier of enterprise resource planning software and the largest supplier to small businesses, with over 6 million customers worldwide.

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage Group, who joined Abigail Pogson, the new Managing Director of Sage Gateshead, on the iconic roof of Sage Gateshead to mark the announcement, said:
‘Sage Gateshead’s work is an inspiration and our relationship with the venue is of enormous value to the North-East community. We are so proud of our involvement in naming the building ten years ago, and the fantastic reputation that Sage Gateshead has developed. I am delighted to further Sage’s commitment to Sage Gateshead as the celebration of the very best of the North East’s cultural offering’.

Abigail Pogson, who took up her post as Managing Director of Sage Gateshead in May 2015, warmly welcomed the support, saying: ‘This is the most fantastic news. We are so pleased that our relationship with Sage Group remains as strong as ever and continues to grow. This new investment in our future, ten years after the company named our building, is the strongest endorsement that we could wish for from a company that is both local and global. I am so grateful to Sage Group, and to all the supporters of the 10th Birthday Appeal, who have enabled us to create a major new endowment that will support our work for years into the future’.

The news was also welcomed by Arts Council England. Sir Peter Bazalgette and Lord Falconer, the Chairmen of Arts Council England and Sage Gateshead respectively. Sir Peter Bazalgette said:
‘This is a brilliant coming together of two great North East success stories, a great arts company and a major corporate player who share a long-term commitment to their local community and to providing great cultural opportunities. I am so thrilled to see this partnership continue to flourish, and am grateful that Sage Group is making this contribution to the endowment appeal which will help sustain Sage Gateshead for years to come.

‘Arts and culture in this country thrives when it is supported by a mix of funding from different sources – public and private – and the Catalyst scheme is one of the ways we are helping arts and cultural organisations to diversify their income streams and become more resilient.’

Lord Falconer thanked both Sage Group and Arts Council England, saying:
‘The combination of Sage Group’s commitment and generosity, along with Arts Council England’s match funding, are helping to ensure the good health of Sage Gateshead. I am enormously grateful to both, who continue to play a crucial part in our success and our future’.

Cllr Mick Henry, Leader of Gateshead Council, also celebrated the news:
‘I’m thrilled that Sage Group have reaffirmed their support for our great music venue. It’s won recognition around the world, for its stunning architecture and impressive programme. The fact that Sage Group invested at the very beginning, showing ambition and vision for what could be achieved, and have done so again now, gives us all real confidence for the future’.