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    Northeastern Sunrise

    This duo was formed in Ross-shire, Scotland, in 2009 by Keith Helliwell and Rob Mackenzie.  Keith is a published poet and Rob is a guitarist and they got together to put some of the poems to a musical accompaniment and see what transpired.  The result was Northeastern Sunrise.


    Since they have been performing several of Keith’s poems such as “Coming Home”, “Poster Girl” and “Scarecrow” have become songs.  Not sticking to just Keith’s poetry the duo ventured into collaborating as songwriters and “Touching the Dream” was the result.  All their material comes across as being very heartfelt and personal and they describe it as “chilled out poetic songs from the heart”.


    The duo, who cites some of their influences as Beth Nielsen Chapman, Donovan and Richard Shindell, are championing the tradition of the singer-songwriter. They have since written further songs together such as "The Echo Wails" & "Last Roll of the Dice" and are determined to use their own original material and not perform versions of songs written by others.


    Giving their performances in their local coffee shops and smaller venues so far, they made their debut at the Strathpeffer Coffee Shop in Ross-shire and followed that by appearing at a charity concert and a café in Cannich, Ross-shire where they were joined by Richard Wood as their guest guitarist.


    They have since recorded and published their 2010 6-track EP Expectation at Strathsound in Struy and will return to the studio to continue recording before performing at various summer events.


    Northeastern Sunrise recordings

    Expectation – UK EP

    Scream (Keith Helliwell/Rob Mackenzie)

    I Will Listen (Keith Helliwell/Rob Mackenzie)

    The Scarecrow (Keith Helliwell/Rob Mackenzie)

    Coming Home (Keith Helliwell/Rob Makenzie)

    Poster Girl (Keith Helliwell/Rob Mackenzie)

    Going Back (Keith Helliwell/Rob Mackenzie)


    With grateful thanks to Keith Helliwell for providing information for this entry.










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