Fog on the Tyne-singing duo back

(9553752)Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne

(9553752)Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne

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ORIGINAL members of Tyneside’s best-loved band, Lindisfarne, will celebrate 30 years of their music and achievements in a two-man acoustic show at Ilkley’s King’s Hall.

Songs Fog on the Tyne, Lady Eleanor, Meet Me on the Corner and Run for Home all have a story behind them, which the audience can learn more about on September 12, in The Lindisfarne Story.

Join Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw as they tell the story in a special two-man acoustic show combining their great songs with personal archive photographs and video that give audiences an insider’s view of their 50-year friendship and career.

It has been 10 years since they closed a remarkable 33-year music career, where their best-selling album, Fog on the Tyne took them to the top of the UK charts and songs like Run for Home and Meet Me on the Corner helped put them firmly in people’s hearts.

In 2012, Billy and Ray were invited by their local theatre to perform their songs and tell some tales of the 40-plus years in and around Lindisfarne. The result was so successful that they are embarking on a national tour on 2014 and 2015.

Their sixth date in the tour, and the first in Yorkshire, will be in Ilkley. Hear how the classic songs developed and how Bob Dylan’s producer helped them 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.

The show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Bradford Theatres Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk for tickets and more information.

Tickets cost £18.50 plus booking fees.

l Lindisfarne began as The Downtown Faction, led by Rod Clements, but soon changed their name to Brethren. In 1968, they were joined by Alan Hull and became Lindisfarne after the island of that name off the coast of Northumberland. In 1970, their debut album Nicely Out of Tune was released. Neither single released from the album, Clear White Light nor Lady Eleanor, charted; nor did the album itself at first. However the band obtained a strong following from its popular live concerts and built up a following as one of the top festival bands. Their second album Fog on the Tyne (1971) began their commercial success.

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