AHEAD of his appearance at Corbridge Festival, a rising musician will play a warm-up gig in his home district.

Ovingham’s Sam Tiplady Shields will perform with his band at Newbrough Town Hall on Friday evening.

The singer/songwriter, who went to both Ovingham Middle and Prudhoe High schools, is starting to make a name for himself in the North-East music scene, and his big moment will come in June as he has been selected to play at Corbridge Festival alongside some household names such as Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Futureheads and Reef.

In addition to singing and playing the guitar, he also samples the harmonica on stage in a nod to one of his biggest idols, Bob Dylan.

Sam, who also lists Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Nick Cave as his biggest influences, released his debut, four-track EP, There’s a Place I Know, in December. Following the launch of the album at the Vault, in Hexham, Sam has gigged across the North-East to get his music out there to local audiences.

Sam’s EP, which features singles There’s A Place I Know, Won’t Hear From Me, The City Clock and The Leaving Song, is available to purchase on Amazon and Spotify.