Futureheads lead singer has booked a very special gig on the 4th of June at the Royalty Theatre to celebrate the release of his anticipated debut solo album ‘Malody’. Hyde approached the venue as it will fit perfectly with his unique brand of orchestral/experimental/pop/piano music, ‘My solo work is best suited to intimate seated gigs where the bar is a separate room to the performance, the audience are able to fully absorb the music when they are seated and not queuing at the bar for another drink, The Royalty Theatre immediately came to mind and is an underused venue when it comes to local music and I’m delighted to be working with them, it feels very fresh and I’m so excited’.
Joining him on the bill is Keith Gregson, a well loved local historian and troubadour who will perform a selection of songs he wrote with school kids from various Sunderland primary schools inspired by the paintings of LS Lowry. Keith will offer insights in to the creative process and project the paintings that the songs were inspired by. Also on the bill is the super-talented young singer-songwriter Rebecca Young AKA ‘This Little Bird’. Young’s music is folk/country inspired songs of love and life delivered with whit and stunning vocal and guitar skills.
Hyde hopes to raise money for mental health charity ‘Mind’ and will give the audience the opportunity to make donations at the gig. The album ‘Malody’ was inspired by Hyde’s own struggles with bipolar disorder and is designed to simulate the extreme emotional states that suffered of mental health problems can experience. On this Hyde said ‘my solo gigs are almost like a therapy session for me, playing these songs gives me the chance to feel those emotions again but I can leave them on the stage, when I was really ill it was terrifying and I’m happy to say that my condition has been stable for quite a while now’.
Barry will be performing with his ‘Malody Ensemble’ for the first time for an audience. The ensemble of talented musicians consists of double bass, cello, violin, trumpet, clarinet, baritone and tenor sax. This is Hyde’s most ambitious musical project to date.
The gig promises to be one of the highlights of the cultural calendar, a one off night of musical curiosity and is not be missed