Sting returned to his roots for a few pints in a famous Tyneside pub. Sting is accompanying a playwright who is gathering background information about his Geordie heartland. The writer is creating a play about the North East and its folk scene. He’s got Sting to help him out and, on Tuesday, the son of a milkman dropped into The Central pub in Gateshead with a bunch of pals to give the playwright a real taste of Tyneside. Tony Brookes, managing director of Head of Steam, which owns The Central, said: “It was fantastic, Sting sang with renowned Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell and her brother Peter. The song was from his If On Winter’s Night album and it was brilliant. Sting drank Guinness and enjoyed himself with friends and family. It was quite a night. Kathryn Tickell organised the night. There were about 40 people there, ranging from folk musicians to Tom Pickard, the famous North East poet, to a local historians and other folk people. Sting sang a song, and it was beautiful. I don’t know who the playwright was, but he was called Brian, and that is all I know. He did say that the play was about the North East and was destined for Broadway. It was a great night and a one to remember.”
Source: ChronicleLive

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