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Thursday 18 January 2018

New Lindisfarne line-up return to Holy Island for village hall gig

Album Fog On The Tyne was created on Lindisfarne
Album Fog On The Tyne was created on Lindisfarne

A new line-up of the 1970s folk-rock outfit Lindisfarne are going back to their roots with a show at a village hall.

The Lindisfarne Story Band will christen the £1 million hall at the Holy Island Festival on June 25.

The Tyneside group - including Lindisfarne founding drummer Ray Laidlaw and frontman Billy Mitchell - are set to perform their smash hit 1971 album Fog On The Tyne on the island where it was born.

Laidlaw said: "I've had friends on Holy Island for 50 years and some of them are still there ... Our most successful album Fog On The Tyne was born on Holy Island and now we are bringing it back home."

Former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne's take on the song Fog On The Tyne later reached number two in the UK.

Laidlaw said: "I remember the old village hall fondly and when I was up on the island on holiday recently for my 40th wedding anniversary I saw the new village hall almost complete and contacted the Holy Island Festival to see if we could be the first band to play there. We're thrilled to be doing it - it's completing the circle."

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