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Triple Bill
First visit to Newcastle for Hannah Aldridge & her full band plus Australian trio The Pleasures & a rare appearance from her friend & local icon Paul Handyside

Hannah Aldridge grew up on the muddy banks of Muscle Shoals. Daughter of music legend Walt Aldridge, Hannah started her musical journey as a classically-trained pianist. It wasn’t until her early twenties that she first picked up a guitar and began using music as an outlet to grapple with her demons. With a voice equal parts gritty and melodic, the emerging artist took to the road.
Hannah Aldridge’s fierce Southern energy reaches through every speaker, whether it’s in a dashboard doing 80 down I-65, a rock club in Amsterdam or a Honky Tonk in her adopted hometown of Nashville.
Deploying a charming blend of power and vulnerability, Aldridge delivers her stories with all the conviction of a church bell ringing out through the streets of a small Alabama town.

“Hannah is surely carving out her own niche as a solo artist, adding an edge of classic rock into her country and Southern soul heritage.” //Tidal Magazine

“Listening to Aldridge’s music is a sonic treat, as stylistically she paints from many different musical brushes”//Billboard Magazine

“Hannah explores our deepest desires and makes them sound absolutely irresistible” //No Depression

“Unquestionably one of the best Americana albums of the year, she’s struck the mother lode.” //Folk Radio

The Pleasures are an Americana band fronted by renowned Australian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt – mother, breast cancer survivor, multi-Golden Guitar winner, multi-ARIA nominee, fifteen-time Grand Ole Opry performer AND Melbourne’s Lachlan Bryan – modern day troubadour, songwriter’s songwriter, Golden Guitar winner and consummate story-teller.

Their much anticipated debut album The Beginning of the End was released worldwide on August 4, peaking at #2 on the Official Australian ARIA Country Chart and #1 on the Independent Albums Chart, mostly thanks to heavy rotation on Australian country and adult contemporary radio. USA stations quickly caught on, and the album has spent the past eight weeks in the Top 50 on the prestigious Americana Music Association Albums Chart, coinciding with the band’s first USA tour.

local lad Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter, formerly of eighties indie darlings Hurrah! whose songs now fuse pop with folk-tinged americana.