Newton wows the crowds on his return to the region

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MUSICALLY there are very few people who impress me as much as Newton Faulkner.

The dreadlocked musician was in the region last night at Newcastle’s 02 Academy, where he once again wowed fans with what is fast becoming an extensive back catalogue.

He kicked off with Pulling Teeth, from his third, and latest, album Write it on your skin, before launching into People should smile more.

Against the Grain was a wonderful song that you can feel the emotion in.

With an excellent mix of songs from all three albums – including the famous Teardrops cover and his debut track Dream Catch Me, this was another top notch gig from the star.

Sometimes when I’m watching Newton perform live, I forget what an amazing singer he is, so consumed I am with his guitar skills.

He is about as far from a manufactured pop star as it is physically possible to get – and is not only an incredibly talented singer, song-writer and guitar virtuoso, but also a little bit of a comedian too.

Not to disappoint his fans he also threw into the mix a cover of Maroon 5’s Payphone and Stevie Wonder’s iconic Superstitious.

It was the performance of a song about a dog food taster that got the biggest cheers –and laughs – of the night, as he proceeded to sing the song in a different ways, including Rammstein, which really had to be heard to be believed.

Newton ended an impressive set with a the title track from his third album to end on a high.

I personally can’t wait for him to come back, and I know I’ll be there watching, singing and foot-stomping along again.

TEGAN CHAPMAN