Tonight, North East concert goers welcomed Scottish blues-rock singer/songwriter, Sandi Thom, to a sold out crowd in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at the Sage Gateshead, a beautiful venue on the banks of the River Tyne. The Sage Gateshead was recently cited as one of the world’s 15 most spectacular concert halls.

Last week, Sandi performed alongside the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Rick Wakeman, and Micky Moody at the impressive Royal Albert Hall as part of the ‘Celebrating Jon Lord’ concert, a tribute to the late Deep Purple legend.

Sandi collaborated with past and present members of the Black Crowes on her 2012 album, Flesh and Blood. The album saw Rich Robinson producing, as well as laying down guitar, with an impressive studio band, which also included Audley Freed and Steve Gorman.

The last time I saw Sandi was a few years back opening for blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, who also featured on the track This Ol’ World on Sandi’s 2010 Merchants and Thieves album.  This evening, Sandi brought us her stripped back show ‘An Evening with Sandi Thom’, which saw the multi-talented Sandi perform on her trusty twelve-string acoustic guitar and bluesy harmonica.

Sandi, not wanting to disappoint her loyal fans, performed valiantly despite suffering from a throat infection.  The crowd in the packed Northern Rock Foundation Hall enjoyed the show none the less, clapping their way through fan favourites like The Shape I’m In and Runaway Train.  Sandi, excited about the upcoming Fleetwood Mac reunion, performed a cover of Landslide from their 1975 self-titled album.  The set included five tracks from the excellent Flesh and Blood album, as well as tracks from the start of her career.  A big round of applause saw Sandi return to the stage to close her set with When Horsepower Meant What It Said from her first album.

Sandi records her new live DVD live on the tour in Aberdeen at the Tivoli Theatre.

Set List:
Help Me
Stormy Weather
Human Jukebox
Belly of the Blues
Shape I’m In
Big Ones Get Away
Runaway Train
What If I’m Right
I Owe You Zero
Flesh & Blood
I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker

Ungrateful Heart
When Horsepower Meant What It Said

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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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