It’s been a long time coming but there finally seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Birmingham based quartet Broken Witt Rebels.

The band’s last EP Georgia Pine garnered critical acclaim from both the music industry and fans alike, with tracks like “Low” and “Guns” receiving frequent radio airplay on Planet Rock Radio as well as racking up significant streaming numbers online.

Subsequently, the question on everyone’s lips for the last two years or more has been when will the world see Broken Witt Rebel’s debut record? A whole raft of potential suitors has been courting the band in an attempt to get them to put pen to paper on a record deal. After much deliberation earlier this year Broken Witt Rebels signed to Snakefarm records; the latest imprint from the Universal Music Group.

The good news is that this has now paved the way for the release of the Rebel’s debut record, which is scheduled to drop on November 24th. This evening the band returns to the North East of England for a headline show at The Cluny in Newcastle.

Nashville based singer/songwriter Sonia Leigh warms up the crowd with a six-song set centring on her forthcoming album Mad Hatter. Joined onstage by rising star of the British country scene Katy Hurt and The Healers – Leigh captivates the Tyneside faithful with country rock tracks like “Waste The Day”, “My Name Is Money” and “Jack Is Back”.

Katy Hurt takes centre stage mid-set for an energetic rendition of her funky new track “Revved Up”, during which she really showcases her phenomenal vocal range. Both Leigh and Hurt gel together effortlessly.

Sonia Leigh brings her short but sweet set to a close with “Sky Submarine”, and most certainly makes her mark in the short time allotted to her.

Having now a multitude of material behind them, Broken Witt Rebel’s fifteen song set this evening displays the many different facets of what this incredibly talented band are about.

Broken Witt Rebels take to the stage with “Low” from the Georgia Pine EP, before dropping the first single to be released from their forthcoming debut record – “Wait For You”. The strange thing about this track is that even though it’s the first time that most of the room have heard the song, it already has a certain familiarity about it, which in turn causes the crowd to sing back the chorus to the stage.

Tracks like “Bang Bang” and “Snake Eyes” are some of the heaviest tracks we’ve heard from Broken Witt Rebels to date. Much like the band’s classic cuts like “Howlin’”, which also features early on in the set, they have a real infectious quality. You can’t help but be swept away by these songs; they are real earworms – once you hear them you find yourself singing along for days to come.

As the show progresses you can really see the musical evolution of the group’s sound. During a recent US tour, the band started recording material for album number two. Tonight, Broken Witt Rebels tease the audience with some of their freshest tracks to date, including both “Fearless” and “Give It Up”.

The latter of which starts off with a digital sounding drum intro, which gives the band a more contemporary sound, but at the core of these tracks you’ve still got that distinctive BWR sound which the band’s fans have come to know and love.

Both guitarist James Tranter and lead vocalist Danny Core venture into the heart of the room mid-set, bringing the band’s fans closer to the action. Illuminated only by the twinkling mobile phone lights around them, the duo delivers a beautiful rendition of “Turn Me On”.

As the band hurtles towards the end of their set, they break out several anthemic numbers from their last two EP’s Georgia Pine and Howlin’ respectively. Broken Witt Rebels closes out their main set with an electrifying rendition of “Guns”, following which there is no false walk off or false ending, but instead, the band carry on and bring the night to a close with “Shake Me Down”.

There was never any doubt that Broken Witt Rebels debut album was going to be a big hitter, but what we also learn this evening is there is a lot more still to come from this exciting British outfit.

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Event Date: 19-Oct-2017

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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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