Band members looking back and telling tales

The chance to hear the story of north east folk-rock group Lindisfarne’s rise to fame is coming to the Playhouse Whitley Bay this weekend.

The band, originally called Brethren, were formed in Tyneside in 1968 and rapidly went on to become one of the biggest ever produced by the region, notching up three top 10 albums and four top 10 singles.

Former group members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw tell the Lindisfarne story from the beginning, featuring acoustic versions of their classic songs and behind-the-scenes stories peppered with gossip, archive video and stills.

The playhouse show will particularly resonate with Lindisfarne fans, bearing in mind that the group originated on the coast and many of their early gigs took place in the ballrooms, clubs and bars of Whitley Bay.

Dates at the Rex, Corner House and Briardene might well ring bells for fans.

Their songwriting flwe in the face of the pop and glam sounds of the 1970s, and Lindisfarne’s music continues to be heard on the radio today.

The likes of Lady Eleanor, Meet Me on the Corner, Fog on the Tyne and Run for Home can be heard at the Marine Avenue venue on Sunday.

Tickets are £18.50, and the show will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available online at or by calling 0844 248 1588.