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Eddi Reader

Thursday 16 Oct, 7.30pm
From busking in Glasgow to the huge success of Fairground Attraction, Eddi has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between them, and what sets her apart is the depth and quality of her emotional performance. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song and her rare blend of heart-stopping vocals and great romanticism make her a passionate and magnificent performer. Support: Findlay Napier.

£22.50

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  Gala Lunchtime Concert Series
The Graeme Wilson Quartet

Friday 17 Oct, 1.00pm
Graeme is the most versatile saxophonist on the North East scene, equally at home from swing to free improv, playing every style with absolute commitment. Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Adam Sinclair (drums) complete the line-up, which has firmly established a reputation for exciting performances of Graeme’s original music.

£4

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  Jung Chang
Empress Dowager Cixi

Friday 17 Oct, 6.30pm

Durham Book Festival 2014

The bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story comes to Durham to talk about her latest book. Empress Dowager Cixi tells the extraordinary story of the eponymous Empress, the most important woman in Chinese history, who ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Jung Chang’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold more than 15 million copies outside mainland China, where they are both banned. Chaired by Professor Ludmilla Jordanova.

For the full Book Festival programme, click HERE.

£10 (£8 conc & Festival Friends)

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John Etheridge (Solo)
Special Guest: Kit Holmes

Friday 17 Oct, 7.30pm
John is one of the world’s most respected guitarists spanning many styles and influences. The guitarist for jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, he’s also performed with Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Nigel Kennedy and is currently in a duo with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams. This is a rare opportunity to see John performing a solo concert. Special guest Kit Holmes’ trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK. An uplifting evening of blues, folk, jazz, African grooves and more from two outstanding musicians.

"I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” Sting

£15

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Kate Tempest
Hold Your Own

Friday 17 Oct, 8.15pm

Durham Book Festival 2014

One of the most exciting young voices in British spoken word performance presents her brand new collection. Hold Your Own is an ambitious multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias, the blind Greek prophet who spent seven years transformed into a woman. A vastly popular and accomplished performance poet, Kate commands a huge and dedicated following on the performance and rap circuit. Her last collection, Brand New Ancients, won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and has played to packed concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic.

For the full Book Festival programme, click HERE.

£10 (£8 conc & Festival Friends)

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