Last year Joanne Shaw Taylor released her fifth and arguably best studio album to date in the shape of Wild.

Following a sell-out show at the Sage Gateshead earlier this year, Joanne Shaw Taylor makes a welcome return to the North East of England whilst at the same time making her debut in the main hall of this beautiful building. This shows also marks the start of JST’s largest UK tour to date.

South African born guitar virtuoso Dan Patlansky opens the proceedings this evening and most certainly makes an impact in the 30 minutes allotted to him. Fan favourites like the rather funky “Heartbeat”, the riff-heavy “Sonnova Faith” and Patlansky’s unmistakable single “Backbite” really stand out in the set.

Earlier this week Patlansky released “Dog Day”, the first single to be taken from his forthcoming studio album Perfection Kills. Tonight the North East faithful are the first to hear the track live and it does not disappoint. On the strength of this number alone Dan’s new record is set to be something very special indeed.

Dan Patlansky closes out his short but sweet set with “My Chana” – an epic instrumental number which truly showcases Patlansky’s skill and flair. This musical explosion is reminiscent in places of Hendrix’s rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock and is enough to render the Sage Gateshead speechless.

Joanne Shaw Taylor’s critically acclaimed new album Wild was recorded in Nashville under the watch of legendary producer Kevin Shirley. Taking to the stage in front of a packed out Tyneside crowd, Joanne wastes no time in delving into her latest offering with both “Dyin’ To Know” and the incredibly infectious “Nothin’ To Lose” kicking off the proceedings. With Taylor’s latest record you can truly hear the evolution of her sound.

Similarly, Joanne Shaw Taylor’s touring line-up continues to evolve also. Joining her long-standing bass player Luigi Casanova and drummer Oliver Perry on this run is former King King keyboard player Bob Fridzema. Throughout the course of the evening, there is some great chemistry between Taylor and Fridzema, the pair play off each other constantly – particularly during the likes of Joanne’s epic blues number “Time Has Come”.

Of course, many old favourites are featured in the show including the likes of the soulful “Diamonds in the Dirt”, a beautifully heartfelt rendition of “Tried Tested and True” and the rather funky “Jump That Train”.

There is also room for the occasional deep cut. Joanne gives a rare airing to “You Should Stay I Should Go” from the album Almost Always Never as well as putting her stamp on “Bones” by British Blues favourites The Hoax. The latter of which also featured on Taylor’s debut album White Sugar.

Joanne Shaw Taylor lights up the stage with her blistering playing all night long. Each number is of course greeted with rapturous applause.

Taylor delivers her stunning homage to David Bowie in the shape of “Wild Is The Wind”. Joanne discusses how she intends to not make the same faux pas which Bowie made when speaking to his North East fan base back in the day and correctly addresses the room as Gateshead as opposed to Newcastle.

Joanne Shaw Taylor’s main set is brought to a close with the groove-heavy “Tied and Bound”, which leaves the audience wanting more. Returning to the stage for a duly deserved encore Joanne closes out the night with “Going Home” and the crowd are clapping along from the off. Taylor leaves the stage to a well-deserved standing ovation.

Joanne Shaw Taylor continues to push her creative boundaries whilst at the same time flying the flag high for British Blues both at home and abroad.


Joanne Shaw Taylor UK tour with Special Guest Dan Patlansky

Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Thursday 9th November 2017

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Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE 

Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Friday 10th November 2017

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Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS

Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12th November 2017

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY

Bristol, Colston Hall
Tuesday 14th November 2017

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Bristol Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

London, Royal Festival Hall
Wednesday 15th November 2017

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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

New Brighton Floral Pavilion
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Friday 17th November 2017

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Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2JS

Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Monday 20th November 2017

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Birmingham Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA


Dan Patlansky “Perfection Kills” 2018 UK Tour



Manchester, Deaf Institute
Thursday 15th March 2018

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135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE
Newcastle, The Cluny
Friday 16th March 2018

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34 Lime St, Ouseburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Leek, Foxlowe Arts
Saturday 17th March 2018

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Stockwell St, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 6AD

Bristol, The Tunnels
Sunday 18th March 2018

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Arches 31 & 32, Bristol & Exeter Mews,
Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QF

Sheffield, Greystones
Tuesday 20th March 2018

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Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BS

London, Borderline
Wednesday 21st March 2018

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Orange Yard, Manette St, London, W1D 4JB


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Event Date: 07-Nov-2017

About The Author

Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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