Updated 16th June 2013
(Click to enlarge - l to r: Ray Jackson, Charlie Harcourt, Ian Thomson, Dave Hull-Denholm, Steve Daggett and Paul Thompson)
Ray Jackson, whose unique mandolin, harmonica and vocal styles helped create the original sound of Lindisfarne in the 1970s, is back, and will be performing live in concert with his new LINDISFARNE Mk 3 band for the first time this Christmas.
Earlier this year a date for RAY JACKSON’S Legendary LINDISFARNE CHRISTMAS SHOW was announced......Jacka’s first Lindisfarne show for 23 years! After originally only intending to perform a single show at Newcastle City Hall on December 23rd 2013, (which sold out within hours of being announced), a 2nd show was added for December 22nd, also long since sold out. A 3rd and final Newcastle show has been added for December 20th, along with three others in North Yorkshire, Humberside and Teeside.
Looking ahead to 2014 and beyond, more shows can be expected along with the possibility of a new studio album.
The new band came about as a result of the future of Newcastle City Hall being in doubt. RAY JACKSON was asked to support the campaign to save the iconic City Hall, 23 years after departing from the original LINDISFARNE line-up.
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Ray Jackson’s Lindisfarne is Jacka’s LINDISFARNE Mk 3 as Ray Jackson jointly fronted both the original LINDISFARNE (1970/73 and 1976/90) and LINDISFARNE Mk 2 (1973/75), recording all of the band’s hits and appearing, along with the late Alan Hull, on every studio album for the first 20 years of Lindisfarne’s existence.
The new 2013 LINDISFARNE Mk 3 is comprised of 5 former members of Lindisfarne from all three past eras of the band along with Geordie drummer Paul Thompson, known by Roxy Music fans worldwide as “the great Paul Thompson” and may be augmented by other musicians.
During rehearsals with this new line-up earlier in the year, Ray Jackson was blown away by the superb Lindisfarne sound that resulted. Jacka and Charlie Harcourt (guitarist with Lindisfarne Mk 2 1973-1975) were always musically very close (prior to which, coincidently, Charlie Harcourt turned down the opportunity to join the original Roxy Music). However it was not until July 19th 2012, at the Alan Hull Memorial unveiling, that Ray Jackson first performed with Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson.
Steve Daggett, (whose persistence in keeping the beacon burning in the North-East these past 10 years is to be applauded), along with Paul Thompson, (described recently by Rod Clements as "a particularly inspired choice") make Ray Jackson’s Lindisfarne Mk 3 a highly unique line-up.
Looking back to the July 19th Newcastle City Hall plaque unveiling last year, the band’s former manager, Barry McKay commented that the unveiling turned out to be a musically significant moment in the history of the band: "With the Alan Hull “LEGEND” miners’ banner as a backdrop, Ray Jackson performed for the first time with Alan Hull’s son-in-law, Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson, in the presence of the entire Hull family and fans, to honour the memory of his former partner....and something special happened. It was as if Alan had nominated his successor and it was all meant to be. I really cannot imagine any other performer who would be better suited to stand in the shoes of Alan Hull, up-front and stage left to Ray Jackson at a Lindisfarne show than Dave Hull-Denholm."
Although nothing could ever replicate the original band, during an interview in May 2013, Ray Jackson explained that the new line-up was musically so exceptional and sounded so like the original LINDISFARNE and that they were all developing so very much in rehearsals, that he has decided to continue with his 3rd Lindisfarne line-up for the foreseeable future.
LINDISFARNE and Kilimanjaro Live are bringing the Christmas shows to Middlesbrough Town Hall, Harrogate Royal Hall and Hull City Hall on December 15th/16th/17th, just before the Newcastle City Hall shows. Tickets are now available from the venues and from ticket agencies.
This Christmas Ray Jackson’s newly formed Lindisfarne will be performing exclusively the songs from the band’s best selling 1970s chart albums….Nicely Out of Tune; Fog On The Tyne; Dingly Dell; and Back and Fourth…a full show of the best loved Lindisfarne music with an interval and no support.
The original Lindisfarne Christmas Shows became legendary in their home city of Newcastle and around the UK during the 1970s and 1980s. Lindisfarne used to perform an average of 30-40 annual Christmas shows every year and the band made a record breaking 132 appearances at Newcastle City Hall. This year there will only be the six Christmas shows, three at Newcastle City Hall and at Middlesbrough, Harrogate and Hull. No further dates will be added.
The new LINDISFARNE band are:
- Ray Jackson - LINDISFARNE founder member... mandolin/harmonica/lead vocals
- Dave Hull-Denholm from the 1990’s LINDISFARNE line-up... guitars/lead vocals
- Paul Thompson from Roxy Music... drums
- Ian Thomson from the 1990’s LINDISFARNE line-up... bass guitar/double bass/vocals
- Charlie Harcourt from LINDISFARNE Mk 2... guitars/vocals
- Steve Daggett toured and recorded with the (reformed in 1978) original line-up... guitars/keyboards/vocals
The new LINDISFARNE are not to be confused with the very popular "The LINDISFARNE STORY" shows, which have featured the Billy Mitchell Band and Ray Laidlaw and which later this year will be touring again. Billy Mitchell joined Lindisfarne in 1996 and performed with Ray Laidlaw and others until Lindisfarne finally said goodbye 10 years ago. There has actually been no LINDISFARNE band in existence for the past 10 years.
Now there is once again the opportunity later this year to experience not only Ray Jackson’s LINDISFARNE in concert but to also enjoy the highly entertaining "The Lindisfarne Story" shows with Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell.
Barry McKay former Lindisfarne manager from the 1970s and promoter of the Newcastle Christmas Shows from their inception in 1976 recently said, "The music of LINDISFARNE is so special and should be heard live. I saw “The Lindisfarne Story” which was unique, and I can’t wait to take my children to see Lindisfarne at Christmas.