Make a date at The Sage with Sharon’s heartfelt melancholia

SHARON VAN ETTEN ... the American singer-songwriter plays Hall Two of The Sage Gateshead on Monday, April 27.
SHARON VAN ETTEN ... the American singer-songwriter plays Hall Two of The Sage Gateshead on Monday, April 27.

A MELANCHOLY singer whose most recent album was one of the most critically acclaimed of last year is heading for a date on Tyneside.

Sharon Van Etten, from Brooklyn, New York, is playing Hall Two of The Sage Gateshead on Monday night.

It will be a chance for fans to hear songs from her much-heralded 2014 record Are We There Yet, and her 2012 breakthrough Tramp.

She’s one of those slow-burning success stories whose reputation has been forged the old-fashioned way, through touring and hard work.

She writes with a free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability that creates a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match.

After a number of hand-designed, self-released recordings, her debut album proper, Because I Was In Love, came out in 2009, and the follow-up, Epic, the next year.

Support slots with the likes of The National, The Walkmen and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds saw her stock rise, with audiences everywhere beguiled by her heartfelt folk songs full of melody.

Tramp saw her joined by a list of special guests, but the doleful nature of her songwriting didn’t change, and the same was the case on Are We There, which was her biggest commercial success yet.

Although it didn’t chart in the UK, in her native US it made No 25 in the Billboard 200.

The 34-year-old has spent much of the last three months on the road, and The Sage show is the penultimate gig on a tour which has taken her to Tokyo, Australia, Mexico City , Luxemburg and Amsterdam, before she arrived for a shor run in the UK.

Tickets are £19 from 443 4561 or www.sagegateshead.com