Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne prepare collective for Belfast show in 2015.
Lindisfarne was Tyneside’s best-loved band for over thirty years and The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group’s music and achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group.
Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne’s classic songs and tell the inside story of the group’s rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to Frisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury. They describe the group’s early days on Tyneside in the 1960’s hustling for gigs and their rise to fame in the early seventies. The show is illustrated with archive photographs and video and describes their worldwide tours, festival successes and TV appearances, their triumphant return home and their unique relationship with Newcastle City Hall, venue for over 140 Lindisfarne performances. Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home, all of these songs have a story behind them.
Enjoy hearing them again in an intimate venue and discover what was the inspiration behind their composition. You’ll hear how the classic songs developed and how Bob Dylan’s producer helped Lindisfarne to focus their musical ideas and burst through the glam and manufactured sounds around them to become one of the major British groups of the seventies. In 2014 the appeal of Lindisfarne is as strong as ever, EMI recently released a 40th anniversary vinyl version of the ‘Fog On The Tyne’ album and the in 2014 the band will be honoured on Tynesides’s ‘Local Heroes Walk of Fame’ along with Alan Shearer, Sting, Clement and La Frenais and others who have raised the profile of the North East of England all around the world.