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Mokoan: One Way Destination

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:30

MokoanMokoan is an Australian Pop Rock Band formed in 2011 by Singer songwriter Paul Moleta teaming up with cousin Drummer Adrian Moleta. Writing and recording original material and with great passion for music, the boys begin their new journey dedicating heart and soul delivering their idiosyncratic style of music for all to enjoy. [Bio]

One Way Destination is from their first EP The Story Begins.

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Idiosyncratic Transmissions Podcast – Episode 146

Idiosyncratic Transmissions - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 04:15

This week’s music is from the artists and Mevio.  The theme song is from Dan at

Idiosyncratic Transmissions is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting.  For more great music podcasts check out

Nick Tann – Never Did Me Harm
The Smile Case – The Giving Tree
Daniel Roure – Deja
Jeremy Alan Hepp – Autumn in St. Paris
Azwel – War Against Innovation
Nick Raven – Strange Days

AMPed Show #454

AMPed Weekly Show - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 04:00

Hosted this week by Stuart Morrison of Insomnia Radio

Show: Suffolk 'n' Cool
Song: Lightswitch (Kuenta i Tambú)

Show: Insomnia Radio: UK
Song: Anything I Do is All Right (Happyness)

Show: Insomnia Radio
Song: 1997 (Mirror Talk)

Show: DarkCompass
Song: Where we're going, we don't need roads (Trails)

Show: Is This Thing On Podcast
Song: Les Baleines Bleues (Daniel Roure)

Show: Insomnia Radio: Portugal
Song: Coast (Johan Rodrigues)

Show: Cowboy Cantor
Song: Marianne (Goldwing)

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The Belle Sounds: Black Stone

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 14:00

The Belle SoundsAustinites The Belle Sounds have just released this “sparkling jangle-pop tune” Black Stone, which is the title track of their forthcoming EP (out 9th September).

The Belle Sounds is a project from Indie Singer/Songwriter Noëlle Hampton and her husband, André Moran, and this is the second time we’ve featured them, listen to The Siren here.

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Made in The UK Show 160

Made In The UK Show - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 11:00

Hosted by Ro from DarkCompass


KnifeWorld: Destroy The World We Love London

Better Call Saul: In it to Win it London

In Search of Sun: The World is Yours Harrow, London

India Mill: Caribesque Darwen, Blackburn

Panic Room: Incarnate London

Stickybackplastics: Vampire York



Roadhouse 495

The Roadhouse Podcast - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:53
With a big number of tracks featuring artists other than the primary, this edition of The Roadhouse seems to be all about musical friendship. Generation Blues Experience, Dr. John, Trudy Lynn, The Mannish Boys, and Ruthie Foster also make this one of the newest, freshest editions of The Roadhouse, with the bulk of the tracks released in just the past three weeks. New music featuring friends - it's a great way to roll through another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 495th Roadhouse.

Shotaway: Doctor

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 14:00

ShotawaySouthampton five-piece blues infused-rock band Shotaway originally came out of the Canadian Rockies but are now located on a farm halfway between Southampton and Salisbury in the UK making some really great music.

Apparently February of 2013 saw the release of debut E.P ‘24 Hours Is A Short Day‘, and they just released their latest standout single ‘Doctor‘ last month. Sergei Bartlett the lead singer describes it thusly, “The song is written from a mans perspective and he is being hassled by his girlfriend, lawyer and doctor all trying to see/talk to him. It’s hassle that he quite frankly doesn’t see as important as they do. It’s basically him trying to sweep it under the mat and deal with it another day.”

We love this promising new single from Shotaway, and after hearing two more great tracks at Soundcloud, its a surefire sign they’ve got plenty more excellent releases to come. The stirring and soulful vocals really bring to mind other legendary full voices from the past, conjoining blues and a bit of a classic rock vibe with effortless cool, no doubt one of our favorite songs that we’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year.


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Zaldor Unplugged 8-22-2014 – Return of Trent!

Zaldor's World - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:58

Trent joins me on the podcast today, as we talk about his junior year this fall and more!

the bugcast 327 – Invasion of the Little People

The Bugcast - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:00

thebugcast327This week on The Bugcast: We discuss social media, we get invaded by the girls, and we play 8 cracking tracks of independent and Creative Commons music!

Songs played

Intro: Chris Juergensen – Bug Lips
Outro: Mark Marshall – Man Walking


BBC News: Diaspora social network cannot stop IS posts
Is the reputation of decentralised social networks being tarnished by the actions of extremist activists?

Please leave us feedback on the music or any of the topics that we’ve discussed

Upcoming events

OggCamp ’14 – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014 (more info)

Podcasts mentioned

Association of Music Podcasting
Made In The UK Show

Next week

The next live show will be episode 328, which will be broadcast live in the chatroom on Friday 29 August 2014 from 21:30 (ish) UK time (UTC+1/BST).
The next live show after that will be episode 329, which is likely to be broadcast live in the chatroom on Friday 12 September 2014. There will be no live show on Friday 5 September.

Special thanks go to

The artists for allowing us to play their music.
Everyone who joined us in the chat room for the live broadcast of this show.
Internet Archive for hosting the podcast files
Ubuntu UK Podcast for the use of their Icecast server
Euterpia Radio for the use of their Shoutcast server
World Wide Indie Radio for relaying the live stream on their own service
Love Leeds Radio for replaying the show on their station

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Una Lux: Simon

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:00

Una LuxSimon is the first single from Una Lux, from NYC. It will be released on August 26th. The single will be followed by its official music video, and they are also now finishing their debut EP with a release date to be announced soon.

Una Lux are: Matteo Liberatore, Chris Connors, Kelso Norris & Jake St. John.

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DC638 Revenge Dragon

Dark Compass - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:00


Kill Matilda: I want Revenge (Canada)

Eastern Front: Retribution Sky (UK, Candlelight)

Pyramids on Mars: Battle For Rome (Canada)

Noisem: Voices in The Morgue (Baltimore, USA, A389 Records)

De Profundis: Singularity (UK)

Subversion: Novation (London, UK)

Powerlord: Silent Terror (Shadow Kingdom, Clawhammer)

Blackwolf: Moving Mountains (UK)

Deceptionist: Sunshine (Rome, Italy)

Goathanger: Pockets and Crosses (Australia, Email)

Johnny Touch: Black Company (Australia, Shadow Kingdom Records, Clawhammer)

White Reaper: Conspirator (Kentucky, USA, Prescription PR)

Keitzer: Fleshcrawl (FDA Rekotz, Clawhammer)

Gire: Éjmély (Hungary)

Unbeing: Tetris Rufus (Montreal, Canada, Asher)

Protokult: Heaven Cast Me Out (Canada, Asher)

Awooga: Where The Others Go (Sheffield, UK, Fourthcitymusic)

As We Whisper: Silent Rays

A Mouthful of Matches: One By One (Manchester, UK)

Diesel King: Horror, Disgust (UK, Hammerfest Doom Stage, previously played on 627)

Celestial Ruin: Wrath of The Dragon (Vancouver, Canada, Know Asylum Records, Asher) Pictured


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Los Angeles Police Department: She Came Through (Again)

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:00

Los Angeles Police DepartmentArtist Ryan Pollie makes music under the moniker Los Angeles Police Department and is on the verge of releasing his 11-track self-titled debut album, in which he wrote and recorded a song each day. This allowed for small imperfections and spurts of urgency found throughout the new effort.

Pollie says, “This project really changed an important false perception for me. It was that music that I was making, which wasn’t recorded in a studio with a band, was illegitimate or not real for some reason.” And so, these 11 tracks pared down from 30, recorded in a house in Hollywood, became personal anecdotes to a specific time and place: following a burgeoning relationship until its untimely end.

This is being co-released by Forged Artifacts and ChillMegaChill on both limited vinyl and cassette tapes, out September 2, 2014.


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Gig Preview: Discovery 2 with Ask Martin, Etta Smith, Elektric and Millie Manders

The Justin Wayne Show - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:45


August’s Discovery 2 showcase is ladies night – a night full of female-fronted, emerging bands. You’ll see urban, indie dance band Ask Martin, the soulful sounds of Etta Smith with her band, Elektric who fuses old school hip hop, R&B and electronica, and finally singer/songwriter Millie Manders who incorporates everything from rock and soul to ska. DJ Delphi will fill out the night with music and things kick off at the AAA in Kensington at 8pm.

You’ll hear a track from each group except Etta Smith, as she’s currently working on her new tracks with her new band.

Gig Details More about the artists ASK MARTIN

Young all-female three-piece band born in the heart of London’s Camden music scene in late 2013. They mix ‘synthy’ electronica with quirky British vocals and catchy guitar lines with resounding drum and bass to create a new, urban/indie-dance sound. They’ve been described as “like a burger with layers of synths, bass, guitars, and garnishes of cutesy, shrill vocals”

With infectious and energising performances and the explosive chemistry between the three girls, they have captivated audiences and transformed bystanders into fans in very little time. They’ve playing  at venues s ‘The Garage’ in Islington and the Islington 02 Academy. They have been working with Producer Spider. L. Johnson (Tinie Tempah, Stevie Wonder and Kylie Minogue.



Hailing from the Midlands, 22 year old Elektric fuses old school Hip Hop and RnB with electronica backed up with an accessible singer, songwriter style.

Elektric’s music is refreshing and original whilst representing and championing the underground vibe of the Midland’s cool kid scene. She uses her Music to express what its like to be a young, gay, female artist in 21st century Britain. Taking influences from all genres of music from reggae, soul and hip hop, to pop rock, indie and most importantly her life.
Currently signed to producer baby J, who has produced for Amy Winehouse, Estelle, Skinnyman, Dead Prez , Alex Blood, Jamie Joseph. Songs from her Ep ‘Not Another Love Song’ are receiving airplay on BBC Introducing & 1 Xtra



Etta Smith’s music influences range from classic northern soul to 70’s disco. Her love of Soul, R’n’B and Funk, paired with an interest in today’s current sounds, forms an innovative and exciting sound from the Newcastle native.

Etta has performed at Newcastle’s City Hall, supporting Joe McElderry and London’s IndigO2. Her first ever London gig was a Discovery one, she returns to perform at the AAA with her band.

Etta has recently been working in San Francisco,  with  Grammy award-winning producer, Narada Michael Walden. Together, they produced an enticing track that you are bound to love. Currently, Etta is writing and rehearsing new material.



A bubbly, bright singer songwriter from South London who writes punchy, punky, bouncy rock pop songs that get you on your feet and moving.  A colourful clash of genres incorporating everything from rock and soul to ska and folk. Scratch the surface though and lyrically her tough upbringing and life experiences can be felt too.  She toured in 2013 as part of The Brought To You Tour – a collection of unsigned artists.   Online radio stations such as Shoreditch, Croydon, London Unsigned, Krystal and Blast Radio have interviewed her, featured her music and used her to co-host shows. BBC Norfolk very recently featured her track ‘Raw’ on their show hosted by Sophie Little.

“This lady is a star in the making, and if you catch her early enough you’ll get to gloat that you were there at the beginning.” –

“She’s got the makings of a successful musician, and I’d love to be there saying “I told you so!” when she is more widely recognised!” –

Rathole Radio 131 – Aug 17th 2014

Rathole Radio - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:59

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Time for another Rathole Radio. Another hour of the best eclectic music from around the web and around the world. I mixed up the styles as always and did my usual amount of random chatting. So fire up your mp3 players, phones, iPods or whatever else you use and check it out.

00:00 – Skabrot – No Ska TodayCC BY-NC-SA Licensed

09:33 – David Rovics – All The News That’s Fit To Sing- CC BY-NC-SA Licensed – Off his recent album of the same name.
12:15 – Candy Says – Melt Into The Sun – CC BY-SA Licensed

20:58 – GarmischAnd Now We Stand Against The WallCC BY-NC-ND Licensed – From Amsterdam Mack
28:04 – 20lb Sounds – Late In The Game – CC BY-SA Licensed

20lb Sounds are playing a gig September 6th, Bumper in Liverpool. 7pm onwards. £10 donation straight to Save The children.

35:36 – David Rovics – Hoarder Song- CC BY-NC-SA Licensed – Off his recent album of the same name.
38:04 – Lorenzo’s Music – Low – CC BY-SA Licensed – New track from the guys available to download from their website. Powered by Cash Music which Tom recently told Dan about.

Check out the interview I did with the guys from Music Manumit.

45:36 – Emerald Park – BlueCC BY-SA Licensed

51:43 – Cletus Got Shot – Justice Is My Name – CC BY-NC-SA Licensed

60:48 – T-Bird & The Breaks – Your Nasty LoveCC BY-NC-SA Licensed

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Email all feedback and suggestions to – show AT You can also find me on Twitter and Like us on Facebook and “Plus” us on Google+ Next Live Show: Sunday August 31st @ 9pm

Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoyed the show. Thanks also to everyone who turned up in our IRC channel at the channel name is #ratholeradio. I don’t expect much to happen there in the weeks between shows, but if people want to hang around and chat you’re more than welcome. Don’t forget you can access the channel from a web browser by going to and entering #ratholeradio in the channel text box. Take care till next time folks.

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SnC 423 – Smiley time

Suffolk And Cool - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:05
Kuenta i Tambú  put a smile on our collective faces this week.

Kuenta i Tambú put a smile on our collective faces this week.

A somewhat exotic show this week with a slight variation of approach. We’ve got five fascinating independent artists from Amsterdam (with their take on the music of Curaçao), Montreal (singing in Spanish), California but with a song in Serbian and, of course, a German Ska band.


Take My Hand – Dirty Primitives (Lille, France)

The band comprises Jean Bernard Hoste: singing, feet drumming and basic guitar along with David Bausseron: guitar, noise / Fuzz and More Fuzz! The minimalist duo’s music is described as “electric and noisy primitive”.

Located somewhere near the crossroads of stomp garage rock and blues folk noise. The line-up offers two electric guitars, a bass drum, a hi-hat, and a few touches of “random loop” electro. Dirty Primitives played their first concerts in 2011


Chilly Winds (Trad. Appalachia) - moira smiley & VOCO (CA, USA)

Moira Smiley & VOCO have created on their new album, Laughter Out of Tears (released September 15, 2014 on Whim Records), pulling together people from Australia, Europe, and all throughout North America.

Redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and vaudevillian combo of cello, accordion & banjo.

Working with voices has always been Smiley’s joy.   A virtuosic singer, she works with artists as varied as Paul Hillier, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA, Tim O’Brien, Solas and tUnE-yArDs, and has sung everything from Stockhausen and Stravinsky to traditional folk music – which remains her deepest love, to the level that she’s spent time as a song collector in the Balkans. She’s recorded Irish sean-nós on her solo record Rua, been featured on radio, television and films, taught at the University of Birmingham in England and several American universities, and been the recipient of an enviable list of grants and awards.

In 2006 Smiley formed VOCO, a five-piece group of singers and players, with an improvisational – and uniquely vocal – approach to American and Eastern European folk music, and Smiley’s polyphonic originals.

“The band is made up of spare ingredients,” she says. “There’s usually cello, always body percussion, and everyone sings, of course. I write for three or four voices in harmony, and I play banjo and accordion.”

Laughter Out of Tears continues a journey Smiley has begun with VOCO’s three previous releases.

Oj Jabuko (trad. Serbia) – moira smiley & VOCO (CA, USA)

A second track from Moira Smiley.


Relojes – Alejandra Ribera (Montreal, Canada)

Alejandra Ribera has a small tattoo inside each wrist. On the right, in Spanish, is the word ‘Listen’: on the left, ‘Remember.’ They’re not for display, but reminders to herself, watchwords for living and art. And she does both without compromise on her long-awaited second album, La boca (release: June 10, 2014 on Pheremone Recordings), a disc that brings together all the separate strands of her life and creativity.

“My first album (Navigator, Navigather) came out in 2009, and people said I was crazy to wait to record the second,” she explains. “But I knew I wanted to work with producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa de Sela, Patrick Watson). He was booked, so I waited for three years until he was available. And I was right; he was the person to find my thread, no matter whether I was singing in English, French or Spanish.”

In part, her approach to words comes from the fact that Spanish was her first language. Her father hails from Argentina, and the family spent a year there when Ribera was very young. Finally, when they returned to Canada, she announced that she was just going to speak English.

“But the sound of Spanish still feels very familiar,” she says. “It’s like something just out of reach, beyond a veil. So much of my writing is like a conversation with myself that’s very open-ended. And going outside my comfort zone, especially traveling where you don’t speak the language, stimulates me.”

But the Canadian-born singer-songwriter has always followed her convictions, no matter where they’ve taken her: to Glasgow when she was 19, to see her mother’s Scottish homeland, living in Paris and Malaga, or moving to Québec to work with Massicotte.


I Want – Alejandra Ribera (Montreal, Canada)

A second track from Alejandra Ribera which features on her album, a richly textured, multilingual album that reflects the artist’s roots as much as the journey she took to bring it to fruition. The artist, who cites amongst her greatest influences Rufus Wainwright, Chavela Vargas, and bagpipes, now divides her time between Montreal, Paris and Malaga where she continues to create..

August 20th, 2014 New York City, NY  Joe’s Pub

August 21st, 2014 Washington, DC  Bossa Bistro

October 3rd, 2014 Lavaltrie, QC  Café-culturel Chasse Galerie

October 4th, 2014 Eastman, QC  Cabaret Eastman

October 9th, 2014 Varennes, QC  Maison Saint-Louis

October 24th, 2014 Saint-Georges de Beauce, QC  Entrecours du Cegep Beauce-Appalaches

November 14th, 2014 Sherbrooke, QC  Théatre Centennial

November 15th, 2014 Baie-Du-Febvre, QC  Théatre Belcourt

November 20th, 2014 Charlottetown, PEI   The Mack

November 21st, 2014 Margaretsville, NS  Evergreen Theatre

November 23rd, 2014 Truro, NSMarigold Cultural Centre

November 26th, 2014 Saint John, NB  Imperial Theatre

December 6th, 2014 Ottawa, ON  National Arts Centre Studio


Purchase La boca on iTunes


Lightswitch – Kuenta i Tambú (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

When Roël Calister, a Curaçao-born percussionist who moved to the Netherlands, began his career, it was with the traditional music of his homeland, everything he’d learned as he grew up. The band he founded in 2005, Kuenta i Tambú, played and sang acoustically. It even infused the material he composed. But in 2010 a sea change happened, following a change in band membership.

“Like a lot of people, we were listening to hip-hop, to dance music,” Calister recalls. “We started experimenting with beats and electronics to give our music the feel that fascinated us in European electronic music, music we really loved. We released an EP and the style we call Tambutronic was born.”

Since then Kuenta i Tambú have evolved and refined their music. They’ve introduced Tambutronic music to several continents, including prestigious gigs at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and added a new singer, Diamanta, to make them into a five-piece. And, Calister says, “We knew it was time to make a proper album.”

For all its contemporary sound, though, the music of KiT is very solidly based in tradition.


Bool – Kuenta i Tambú

Our second track from KIT

Here’s the About video:



No Ska Today - Skabrot (Hünfeld, Germany)

No Ska Today” continues with the philosphy of Skabrot’s previous release “Neotanzmusik” from 2012: music is diverse, colorful and true to life. The inspiration for this work comes from the expectations of society towards young people: Exciting, but back-breaking. Therefore the journey crosses Ska, Indie-Rock, Punk, Reggae, bliss and doubts.

Free album download from Jamendo.

… and here’s their “about” video

Is This Thing On ep 234

Is This Thing On Podcast - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:02



Is This Thing On Podcast

What a show with top independent sounds from the usual array of amazing artists.

This is your favourite independent music podcast isn’t it?

Marvin B Naylor – Blue World, Daniel Roure - Le Baleines Bleus, No Snow Now Alps – When Rockets Bloom, The Cadbury Sisters – Quarry, Nick Tann – Don’t, Josh Savage – Lost In Paris, Kule Lyra – Tropical Heights, Adam Sweet – Name Your Price




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JW Show 250: Barra Brown, Juicy Lucy and Depression

The Justin Wayne Show - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:24


A mismash, yes, but a great show awaits you! We welcome Barra Brown from the Barra Brown Quintet to the show for an interview, and he’ll be playing at Mace Mead Works coming up this Thursday at 7pm for the Middle of Nowhere Sessions. You’ll also hear a giveaway from Titty Bingo including sweet schwag (something to do with #givemejuicy hashtag…) And, as always, Claire has chosen a great bunch of brand new tunes from the submission box for your listening pleasure.


Barra Brown in the recording studio behind the kit.


The Playlist Title Album Artist Bloodshot Bloodshot – single Luke Ferre Mood for Love Not Another Love Song EP Elektric Bucket List single Sam Way Juicy Lucy Rock ‘n’ Roll Titty Bingo If and When Pullman Standard Pullman Standard Come on In single Sean Guidera A Story Free Music Feature Alex Gregory Hometime Hometime Atlas Eyes When I’m With You single The DoPe Brothers Run Away single Keston Cobblers Club Got the Goods (Mast) Travis Bowlin Masters Travis Bowlin We Buried A Cop The Buddhist Kye Alfred Hillig Interview with Barra Brown of the Barra Brown Quintet Poem (alt. version) Songs for a Young Heart Barra Brown Quintet Hard Rain The Season Laura Marie Little Gina (Swamp Beat Burlesque) Little Gina (Swamp Beat Burlesque) Rattlin Bone


See you next week with Ben Michel when we talk about the return of the social music experience!

~JW and CR

Margins of Society: The Enemy He Is Us

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:00

Margins of SocietyMargins of Society formed in 2011 out of Atlanta, Georgia as an ‘alterna-gressive’ rock group. Members: Greg Harman (drums, vocals), Trevor Houck (vocals, guitar), Scott Shackelford (guitar, vocals), Nick Smith (bass, vocals), and Marc Weaver (guitar, vocals).

Margins of Society self-released their debut album Marginal at Best, and this is a stand-out track from it.

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Garden – Sunday 24th August 2014

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:00

For the second year running the double award-winning LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC, in association with THE BLUECOAT and the LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, present the Liverpool Acoustic Garden – two afternoons of chilled-out acoustic music in the garden of Liverpool’s creative hub, the Bluecoat.

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, the Bluecoat garden will once again be filled with the sound of fantastic music from fourteen of Merseyside’s best acoustic acts plus a couple of special guests from further afield. With solo artists, duos, singer-songwriters and instrumental guitarists, there’s something for all tastes to enjoy. And it’s all free!

Event: Liverpool Acoustic Garden Artists: Saturday 23rd August 2014 – listen to a preview here.
The Big I Am, Adrian Nation [Essex], Simon Cousins, Roxanne de Bastion [London], Iain Till, SheBeat, The Southbound Attic Band, John Chatterton




Artists: Sunday 24th August 2014 12.00pm – Mary McCombs
12.30pm – John Hall
1.00pm   – Freda and the High Tides
1.30pm   – Derek King
2.00pm   – Tom George
2.30pm   – Shoes4Brakes
3.00pm   – Chris Callander
3.30pm   – Jonathan Tarplee


Venue: the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
The music is due to take place in the garden.
In the event of inclement weather, the entertainment will move inside to the performance space. The facebook event can be found here. Details of all Liverpool Acoustic live music events can be found at Press enquiries – email


Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 118

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 118 to download for free.

If you’re an acoustic musician from the Greater Merseyside area, or from further afield but play on the Liverpool scene, then feel free to send us your music for future shows. We can’t promise we’ll be able to play everything that’s sent to us, but we will listen to every track. Find out all about the show, how to submit your music, and the Terms of Use, at

1. Mary McCombs – Selling Flowers

2. Freda and the High Tides – Sweet Misery

3. Derek King – Spirals and Circles

4. Tom George – Don’t Want Trouble

6. Shoes4Brakes – Icarus

6. Chris Callander – Baby Blue

7.  Jonathan Tarplee – No Tobacco, No Jesus




Mary McCombs is a singer-songwriter who has been playing around Liverpool at various venues and Threshold festival in recent years. She also enjoyed playing the View Two Gallery for Liverpool Acoustic two years ago. Mary plays melodic romantic folk type songs, and has an album of 10 songs and also a more recently released 4 track EP.


John Hall plays urban electric blues both solo and with the Salty Old Sea Dogs. He also goes under the name Herringbone John and the Kipper Doctors mixing covers and originals recording tracks on his label Smokehouse.


3 girls, 1 g-string. What more can you ask for…

Freda and The High Tides were formed in 2011 through a shared love of dresses, smiles and wiggling bums. They are an all girl, Liverpool based, acoustic three piece playing original songs with an array of comical instruments/toys. Drawing influence from harmony legends such as The Beach Boys and the Dixie Chicks, their sets have been described as “frantic yet adorable” and “swoonsome country/folk”.


With songs about the ups and downs of life and love, and the odd bit of topical content thrown in, Derek is very much a songwriter for today, though he has been a musical performer for most of his adult life.  At the tender age of 16 he played bass guitar in a post punk new-wave group which went on (without him!) to become the The Vapors, and he has since played in various bands and more recently as a solo singer-songwriter.  A regular performer around Liverpool’s acoustic music scene, Derek is also an enthusiastic promoter of local music and hosts his own regular events under the name K’s Choice Acoustic.


Tom George has been a familiar face on the Liverpool scene for several years on many artistic fronts including poetry, journalism and videography; but his original and primary calling is music. Having played with various groupings of musicians, he is now a solo artist, playing guitar and singing lead vocals on his melodic, lyrically-engaging songs. Tom is currently performing pared-down acoustic versions of his tunes accompanied by jazz flautist George Roberts. 


Shoes4Brakes is an acoustic two-piece band with guitar and Cajon drum playing driving, sun shining, top down tunes and upbeat feel, reaching back to the days when you stopped your BMX with your trainers. They play regularly throughout Merseyside.


Chris Callander is a singer-songwriter from Toxteth. Influenced by the songwriting of Tom Waits, the guitar playing of John Martyn and Ry Cooder and the lifeblood of everyday hopes, dreams and heartaches his mission is to write and perform songs that simply connect.


Jonathan Tarplee is a contemporary singer songwriter who has had his music used by the BBC and the SAS (Surfers Against Sewerage) among others! His songs have been described as soulful, edgy and distinctive, with a style compared to a variety of acts from The Dandy Warhols to Jonathan Richman. Jonathan has a solo album coming out this Autumn.



If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.




Liverpool Acoustic Garden – Sunday 24th August 2014

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Paperhaus: Cairo

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:00

PaperhausIf you’ve spent much time around the DC music scene for the past five years, you’ve heard of Paperhaus. They’re a band founded by long time musical partners Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera, and over the course of two EPs and multiple national tours, they’ve worked their way up as one of the most well-known live bands in the city. Danny Bentley joined the band in 2014, adding a new edge and energy to the band with his relentless and powerful drumming.

A new album from the group should be on the way in January.

[via Team Clermont]

8/28-Athens, OH @ Casa Nueva
8/30-Chicago, IL @ Burlington
9/2-Nashville, TN @ The Basement
9/3-Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
9/4-Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival (The Hive @ Busy Bee)
9/7-Greensboro, NC @ TYP House
9/9-Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
9/10-Athens, GA @ Green Room
9/11-Blacksburg, VA @ Casablanca
9/12-Baltimore, MD @ Holy Underground
9/13-Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong


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