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The Mail on Sunday - 2021-11-21

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Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story

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BBC4, 9pm ‘Alan Hull was our Bob Dylan,’ declares Sting as he pays tribute to the brilliance of his fellow Geordie singer-songwriter (right). The frontman for Lindisfarne not only penned a wealth of vividly poetic songs blessed with humour and imaginative musical twists, he also had a voice of immense power and heartfelt emotion. Sadly, he died in 1995, aged only 50. Proving the lasting legacy of Hull’s work, Sam Fender covered his track Winter Song as a single last year, and now the North Shields-born BRIT Award-winner sets out to discover Hull’s story. Footage of Hull solo and with Lindisfarne in the 1970s will set fans old and new unearthing his work. Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Nail, Dave Stewart, Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler also line up to add their admiration and memories.

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