Sarah looking to write new chapter in music career

Singer-songwriter Sarah Holmes singing to Libby Park, Katie Dewar, Amy Jones and Yasmin Dykes at Whitley Bay Library. Picture by Jason Thompson.
Singer-songwriter Sarah Holmes singing to Libby Park, Katie Dewar, Amy Jones and Yasmin Dykes at Whitley Bay Library. Picture by Jason Thompson.

A singer is looking to write a new chapter in her music career.

Sarah Holmes, of Ashington, is gearing up for the north east’s biggest free festival Northumberland Live in Blyth with some alternative rehearsal methods.

Alongside penning her own songs, the 29-year-old works as a library assistant for North Tyneside Libraries; and in the run up to the big day, Sarah has been bringing her guitar into work and serenading the library customers as they checkout their books.

Northumberland Live 2016 – on Saturday, June 25 – is being supported by Blyth Town Council in association with Northumberland County Council and BBC Newcastle 95.4FM Digital, with Scouting For Girls on the bill.

Sarah, a former student at both Hirst High School in Ashington and Newcastle College, said: “My dream has always been to share my music with as many people as possible, and in the build up to Northumberland Live – I’ve been squeezing in rehearsal time when and where ever possible. Even amongst the hard backs and classics at the library.

“I’ve grown up on the Northumberland coastline, and I think Northumberland Live is a huge asset to the area. To be asked to play something of this magnitude is a huge compliment to me as a song-writer, and I view it as a massive personal achievement.

“I think it’s amazing that we have something like this on our doorstep to offer not only local artists the chance to perform their own material, but also to attract new audiences to experience live music.”

“I’m thankful for every chance I get to perform, and count it as a blessing that I’m lucky enough to be doing something that I love so much on my home turf.”

Northumberland Live 2016 will also be showcasing more talent from the local music scene including Percy and the Piglets (Blyth); Cortney Dixon (South Shields); David Neil (Whitby); Shields (Cramlington); Dust Town Dogs (Durham); Just so (Newcastle/Blyth/Morpeth); and Hayley McKay (Hartlepool).

Asides from the music at Northumberland Live audiences will be able to enjoy a selection of family entertainment, sporting showcases, and things to do from street theatre through to locally sourced arts, crafts and food stalls.

Coun Kath Nisbet, chair of Blyth Town Council Events Committee, said: “The countdown has well and truly begun for when we start welcoming musicians and audiences to Blyth for what promises to be a superb free event.

“Northumberland Live has blossomed into an important festival – becoming a permanent fixture in thousands of people’s diaries, as they know exactly what to expect that’s entertainment of the highest order and a day packed full of exciting things to enjoy.

“It’s a platform for local musicians to show people what they’re all about, a way for businesses to gain trade from new and existing customers, and an event that aims to attract new visitors from in and around the north east to experience what Blyth has to offer. ”

Northumberland Live will start at 11am and runs through until 9pm.

A free bus shuttle will also be making regular journeys throughout the day from Blyth Town Centre to the beach front. For more information about Northumberland Live 2016 please visit their Facebook and Twitter pages @NlandLiveFest.