TENNISWOODSTOCK – Newton by the Sea, Wed August 5th 2015

June 17, 2015
Sharon Tenniswood

TENNISWOODSTOCK – a mini festival with a cause!


Martin Stephenson & the Daintees
Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing
Ray Harris & the Fusion Experience
plus a silent disco.
Tickets £39.50

A Red Shoe Fundraiser in aid of Breast Cancer Care / Maggie’s Newcastle

TENNISWOODSTOCK is the first official fundraiser organised by Red Shoe Events. However, it comes with a long support history and deep-rooted reasons behind the choice of charities.

Sharon is a two-time breast cancer survivor – she’s a tough cookie that one – and Alex lost her father to cancer, so these charities are very close to the hearts of the people who are themselves the heart of Red Shoe Events.

We will be holding an annual fundraiser and this year it is made even more special by the celebration of 30 years of ‘togetherness’ of Sharon (aka @mrsjasonisaacs) and Jason (aka @thejasonisaacs) … hence the name TENNISWOODSTOCK! For those of you who don’t know, Jason & Sharon’s real surname is Tenniswood….

So… A mini festival with a cause… A celebration of music … A fun day out in one of the most beautiful venues in the North East – what else could we wish for? Sunshine perhaps? Well fingers crossed… It is August after all, so we can’t say it’s entirely wishful thinking…

A few words about our performers:

MARTIN Stephenson has been one of the UK’s best-loved musicians for  more than 30 years. His latest album, CALIFORNIA STAR sees him reunited with The Daintees, the band he has intermittently fronted through a string of albums – and hundreds of gigs – since his teens in the North East. Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation. The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s. Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

‘Martin’s a sensitive man with a beautiful soul and a big smile making gorgeous music’ Janice Long BBC
‘Given time the Stephenson songs will warm you down to the bone marrow’ Q Magazine.
‘Martin’s beautiful music and good vibes have been part of my radio programming for close to 30 years. His enthusiasm and warmth infuse everything he does. Long may he run’ Bob Harris BBC

RAY Harris is a talented keyboardist from Glasgow who successfully manages to blend dance floor jazz with Latin vibes, a touch of funk & soul, and Brazilian sounds coming directly from the 60’s and 70’s. He won the “Brewin Dolphin” newcomer award in 2008, and together with The Fusion Experience has opened for the late godfather of soul James Brown.

“Wearing a jacket reminiscent of a sixties/seventies album cover the Scottish rocker gave a breathtaking display of percussive pianistics and razor-edged vocals that saw the light fantastic being well and truly tripped. Such Sweet Soul; Nothing Like You; Scaramunga and Freedom were just a few of the gems from a fantastic night.”

And last but not least…

If you love the sound of a big band and you live in Newcastle, you will certainly know the name JASON Isaacs. He’s been a fixture on the local jazz scene for the past 10 years and is known as much for his energetic performances as his velvety voice. Regulars will also know that no Jason Isaacs performance would be complete without his trademark sax solos and dubious one-liners, not to mention those ‘dance moves’! In the words of Lance…

“There’s always a buzz of excitement in the room prior to a Jason Isaacs gig. This is the Rat Pack packaged in a cool dude suit with a dash of Elvis thrown in for good measure. Who cares if you’ve heard the songs before? What counts is the verve and vitality of the delivery, the enthusiasm for his work that is conveyed to and picked up by the crowd who respond by filling the dance floor….”