Following one of the standout sets at last year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival Nashville based singer-songwriter, Sarah Darling makes a welcome return to Tyneside.

Sarah Darling arrives at the Sage Gateshead this evening hot off the back of a performance at the recent C2C Festival at The O2 in London. This being the US-based country star’s first full UK headline tour to date and subsequently, the anticipation for this evening’s show is high with a packed out room full of music fans in attendance.

Taking to the stage donning an elegant black dress and accompanied by her British four-piece band Darling takes the Gateshead faithful through the lion’s share of her latest album Dream Country. This includes the likes of the beautiful slice of Americana “Where Cowboys Ride”, the heartfelt love song “Montmartre” along with Darling’s breathtaking interpretation of Brit indie rockers The Smith’s “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”.

Sarah is currently working on a new record which is being tipped for an October release and tonight she takes the opportunity to road test a few of the freshest cuts taken from it. This includes stunning airings of new songs “Shimmer” and “Diamonds”. During the latter of which Darling seamlessly segues a few bars of the Coldplay classic “Yellow”.

Of course, there’s plenty of room for old favourites such as Sarah’s upbeat contemporary country hit “Home To Me” and the new old song “Wasted”. Darling speaks of the previously mentioned number informing the audience that it was written 10 years ago but has only recently been released as a new single.

Darling’s songwriting comes from a very personal place; tracks like the heartbreaking “The Boy Never Stays” which was co-written with Brandi Clarke and the spellbinding “Halley’s Comet” being perfect examples of this. The latter of which closes out the main set.

Following a brief interlude, Sarah returns to the stage for a duly deserved two-song encore featuring the incredibly infectious and somewhat tropical “Little Umbrellas” which has the crowd clapping along before beautiful ballad “Stargazer” closes out a stunning evening of country music at the Sage Gateshead. Sarah leaves the stage to an appreciative standing ovation. 

Having married an English man six years ago it looks like we will be seeing a lot more of the Nashville songstress on this side of the pond and that can only be a good thing. On the strength of tonight’s performance, a bright future awaits Sarah Darling.

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Event Date: 13-Mar-2018

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