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Liverpool Acoustic Calling – Saturday 26th July 2014

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:25
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LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC CALLING SATURDAY 26th July 2014 at Sound Food and Drink

The double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic is joining forces with the one-day celebration of music know as Liverpool Calling to bring you Liverpool Acoustic Calling.

Liverpool Acoustic Calling is an afternoon chock full of fantastic acoustic, roots, singer-songwriter and folk music from some of the region’s most exciting performers.

This free event takes place from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Saturday 26th July 2014 at the home of Liverpool Acoustic’s weekly open mic night, Sound Food and Drink.

Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser and open mic host Stuart Todd said “We’re really excited to be taking part in Liverpool Calling this year with a free event to kick-start the day’s proceedings. And we couldn’t think of a better place to hold it than the home of our weekly open mic night Sound Food and Drink.”

1.00pm – Matt Breen
1.30pm – Nadine McGhee
2.00pm – Rob Jones & Rob White
2.30pm – Matty H
3.00pm – RYVERS
3.30pm – Billy Kelly
4.00pm – Katy McGrath
4.30pm – Howlin’ Voodoo

Event: Liverpool Acoustic Calling

Artists: Matt Breen, Nadine McGhee, Rob Jones & Rob White, Matty H, RYVERS, Billy Kelly, Katy McGrath, Howlin’ Voodoo

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014

Times: 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Sound Food and Drink, Duke Street, Liverpool

Tickets: FREE entry

 

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 115

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 115 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 liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/spotlight/about

1. Matt Breen – Looking For The Sun

2. Rob Jones & Rob White – Some Other Where

3. Matty H – Cause You

4. RYVERS – Someone To Hold

5. Billy Kelly – By The Time I Get To Bootle

6. Katy McGrath – Three

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

MATT BREEN
facebook.com/Matthewbreenofficial

19 year old Matt Breen is a highly engaging live performer with an ever expanding repertoire of original songs. He has toured Australia, stared as George Harrison in the stage show Lennon, and has had his cover of Meybellene endorsed by Chuck Berry’s daughter Ingrid.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/dLtwmwAsuug - Here’s the unofficial video for Matt Breen’s song Looking For The Sun.

NADINE MCGHEE
youtu.be/9SmrdHyyP3g

Nadine McGhee is a 16yr old singer/songwriter from Runcorn with a quirky style and haunting vocals.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/9SmrdHyyP3g - Have a listen to Nadine McGhee performing an original song Breathless for the Ont’ Sofa Prime Studio Sessions.

ROB JONES & ROB WHITE
facebook.com/RobJonesandRobWhite

Rob Jones (vocal/acoustic guitar) & Rob White (vocal) have been harmonising since meeting at school -well, with a few days off to watch football. Rob Jones’ songs attempt to deal with the ups and downs of life, public transport, heartbreak and the Mersey rain – sometimes all in the same song!

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/RL35OjNSYNc - Here’s Rob Jones & Rob White performing crowd favourite Monday To Sunday with full band.

MATTY H
youtu.be/6qLgIl9R7NU

Matty H is a 16 year old musician and actor with a heart of gold. After leaving school he has pursued a career in music which has lead to him being signed and playing amazing events such as the Grand National, Southport’s Christmas lights switch on, and of course Liverpool Calling.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WKQULiJyluA - Prepare to be impressed by young Matty H playing live on the Vidzta Session.

RYVERS
facebook.com/ryvers

RYVERS is a 4-piece ambient/alternative band lead by singer/songwriter Shannen Bamford, currently preparing for the imminent release of their debut single “Someone To Hold” on the 28th July. RYVERS combines dark, eerie guitar riffs with soothing, fragile vocals and soaring harmonies, layered with dreamy synths and haunting piano.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/wszpAgxjEms - Here’s the official video for Someone To Hold by new Liverpool band RYVERS.

BILLY KELLY
soundcloud.com/billykellywwk

Billy Kelly, stories with songs.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/NSbH08SdLic - Filmed live at The Zanzibar, here’s Billy Kelly performing Blue Skies, Blue Eyes.

KATY MCGRATH
facebook.com/katy.mcgrath.39

Formerly of the folk/pop/punk band Ratty Little Fingers, Katy McGrath has taken to energetic solo acoustic performances taking influence from a range of artists such as Laura Marling, Mumford and sons and Gogol Bordello, as well as Greenday and The Pixies.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/nA3n1OhLAAY - This is Katy McGrath performing Eagle Wings live at Ray Manor with her band Ratty Little Fingers.

HOWLIN’ VOODOO
facebook.com/howlinband

Howlin’ Voodoo are a rootsy band, playing their own compositions of written music…

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/kvzXNdVwiOg - Recorded live at Studio 2 Parr Street last month, here’s Howlin’ Voodoo with Sweet Lies.

 

 

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.

 

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Liverpool Acoustic Calling – Saturday 26th July 2014

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Spotlight 114: Friday 25th July 2014 – David Hirst

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 18:27
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE FRIDAY 25th July 2014 David Hirst, Melody Says (Paris), Jonathan Coley, Hannah Kewn

Local singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Hirst has saved the day by stepping in at short notice to fill an unexpected gap at the top of the bill for the next Liverpool Acoustic Live event. This double award winning live music night takes place on Friday 25th July 2014 at the View Two Gallery, an independent art gallery on Mathew Street with a performance space, grand piano, inspirational artwork, and bar.

Former Misery Guts frontman Hirst will be joined on the night by Parisian musician Melody Says, Chester-based Jonathan Coley, and young, rising star Hannah Kewn. Revisiting Liverpool Acoustic Live’s original format, each of the acts will be performing a 25 minute set.

Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser Graham Holland said “We’re extremely grateful to David Hirst for coming to our rescue at such short notice, and we’re really looking forward to hearing him play in the intimate performance space at the top of the View Two Gallery. The fact that he’s being supported on the night by an array of local and international talent is an added bonus, and it’s sure to be a special night.”

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live
  • Artists: DAVID HIRST
    Melody Says (Paris)
    Jonathan Coley
    Hannah Kewn
  • Date: Friday 25th July 2014
  • Times: 7.45pm doors, 8.15pm start
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street
  • Tickets: £5 in advance, £6 on the door
    wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic
  • The facebook event can be found at facebook.com/liverpoolacoustic/events
  • Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
  • Press enquiries & guestlist email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 114

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 114 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 liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/spotlight/about

1. David Hirst - Mary Of The Wild Moor
davidhirstmusic.com

2. Melody Says - Hiver en été
facebook.com/melodysayspage
Buy Melody’s music from melodysays.bandcamp.com

3. Jonathan Coley - Jetsam
jonathancoleymusic.com
soundcloud.com/jonathan-coley

4. Hannah Kewn - Myself
hannahkewn.tumblr.com

5. David Hirst - The Wolf

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

DAVID HIRST
davidhirstmusic.com

David Hirst is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and singer of English traditional songs. Captivating from the moment you first experience his ethereal mix of exquisite acoustic guitar playing, sensitive vocals and smart sense of lyric. Hailing form Oldham, Lancashire and now based in the seaside town of Southport, David’s songs have a strong narrative with powerful storylines woven into his addictive melodies.

Active on the folk scene of the north-west, David is a resident singer at the Bothy Folk Song Club, Southport as well as a founder member of The Corduroy Folk Club based at The Atkinson (formerly Arts Centre), Southport. The past 12 months has seen him make guest appearances at many of the regions other Folk Clubs.

David is known to many from his former position as the frontman of Misery Guts, a Liverpool-based outfit whose three single releases “Trying to Be the Sun” (2009), “Spiders (2009) and “More Human Than Human (2010) have received considerable critical acclaim. The group toured in support of Cherry Ghost in 2010.

The trademark sound is of haunting vocals accompanied by classical guitar but in a typical performance you will also find autoharp, English concertina, Appalacian dulcimer, cigar-box guitar and electric and steel acoustic guitars.

A write-up in The Manc Review likened him to Chris Isaak, Roddy Frame, and Gotye, though Hirst counts folk revivalists Martin Carthy, Steeleye Span, Dave Burland, Anne Briggs, Shirley Collins; British songwriters John Martyn, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Donovan, Laura Marling; and American songwriters Neil Young, Paul Simon, Bonny Prince Billy, Nina Nastasia and Bill Callaghan among his influences.

“A real treat” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Fabulous” – Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo

“Effortless emotional connections” – Dave Monks, BBC Radio Merseyside

“Whereas other artists self-indulge with their emotional warfare, Hirst maintains a dignified reserve, whose sentiments are crystallised in his rich and heartfelt vocals.” – The Manc Review

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/zoGOuMmzM_8 - Here’s David Hirst performing Send Me To Hell recorded live for the Addistock Sessions.

MELODY SAYS
facebook.com/melodysayspage

At 22, Parisien Alix Lachiver, AKA Melody Says, already has much experience behind her. Since an early age she has been perfecting her guitar playing and song writing skills inspired by such predecessors and inspiration from the likes of John Lennon, The Kinks, Love and Sixto Rodriguez. She pursues this journey enjoying her freedom, life and performing her enchanting melodies. This journey has associations to other free spirits including Soko and Peter Doherty who has been inviting her to perform on stage on numerous occasions and collaborated on the writing of “Penguins” from Babyshambles’ last album.

Her unique guitar playing and bewitching voice will warm your heart and relax your mind. Melody just finished her debut album in an intimate vintage London studio with the producer Kenny Paterson.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/Ty9plbH_XpY - See just why we booked Melody Says by watching the official video for her song Bang Bang.

JONATHAN COLEY
jonathancoleymusic.com

Jonathan Coley has had music in his life as long as he can remember, but is a relative newcomer to the performing and song-writing world. Although an instrumentalist since childhood, the guitar is a new-found love and means of expression. Developing a unique finger-style playing, which, although he himself will ardently deny such in conversation, surpasses many long time players, and is always warrant to surprise and impress with its dexterity and melody. It is not uncommon for Jonathan to be asked to prove that he is such a recent convert to the instrument.

Comparisons to the playing styles of Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Nick Drake and Nic Jones, are frequent and gratefully received as the most extraordinary form of flattery.

The “City Songs: Live in London EP” is a recording of a straight live concert that October (Available now on Soundcloud). The first full album “Hamster’s Can’t Climb” came out January 31st 2014. A new album is presently being written along with numerous radio sessions and some brilliant new films courtesy of Stage:Life coming soon.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/UPSb1Mr7Ypc - Great guitar playing, great voice, and a great original song Jetsam from Jonathan Coley.

HANNAH KEWN
hannahkewn.tumblr.com

Hannah Kewn is a talented young singer-songwriter from Liverpool who can be seen gigging around the city. She is featured on the K’s Choice the City of Music Volume II.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/mLTrtmYvm_w - Here’s the wonderful Hannah Kewn performing Be The Birds for Alibi Productions.

 

 

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.

 

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Spotlight 114: Friday 25th July 2014 – David Hirst

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Spotlight 113: Friday 27th June 2014 – Tom Strasser and David Broad

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:24
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE FRIDAY 27th June 2014

Austrian guitar sensation Tom Strasser will be holding the UK launch of his new album at Liverpool Acoustic Live this coming Friday 27th June 2014 at Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery.

Tom Strasser last played in Liverpool in August 2012 and caused FATEA Magazine reviewer Peter Cowley to write “Fabulous stuff – if you ever get the chance to see Tom, do so, because he will blow you away.” Tom is currently touring Europe to promote his new album Second Thoughts and has chosen Liverpool as the place to launch it in the UK.

Joining Tom Strasser on the night will be Leeds-based folk and blues musician David Broad who provided a memorable night at the View Two Gallery back in 2012 when he appeared with Serious Sam Barrett.

Also playing will be Shoes4Brakes, a local duo who perform catchy, upbeat songs on guitar and cajon.

Completing the lineup is 15 year old Sam Caldwell who last year reached the UK final of the Teen Stars competition and performed his self-penned song ‘Myself’ at the O2 Arena.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live
  • Artists: TOM STRASSER (Austria) UK ALBUM LAUNCH
    David Broad (Leeds)
    Shoes4Brakes
    and introducing 15 year old Teen Star finalist Sam Caldwell
  • Date: Friday 27th June 2014
  • Times: 7.45pm doors, 8.15pm start
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street
  • Tickets: £5 in advance, £6 on the door
    wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic
  • The facebook event can be found at facebook.com/liverpoolacoustic/events
  • Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
  • Press enquiries & guestlist email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 113

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 113 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 liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/spotlight/about

1. Tom Strasser - Time To Mind
tomstrasser.com
Buy Tom’s new album Second Thoughts from his website

2. David Broad - Too Late
davidbroad.co.uk
Buy David’s albums from his website

3. Shoes4Brakes - The Flame
facebook.com/Shoes4Brakes

4. Sam Caldwell - Myself
facebook.com/pages/Sam-Caldwell/298030116983868
Buy Sam’s ‘Myself’ EP on iTunes

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

TOM STRASSER
tomstrasser.com

“Exceptional skill. Tom Strasser is a brilliant guitarist, a highly talented songwriter. He thrills his audience.” Jochen Linder – Pinzgau News

“Fabulous stuff – if you ever get the chance to see Tom, do so, because he will blow you away.” Peter Cowley – FATEA Magazine

“You do not want to miss Tom Strasser! He is an absolutely brilliant performer who’s mastered the guitar.” James Olmos – G+

Seriously, Tom didn’t make this up. These are just a few words the press have to say about him. After releasing his solo debut “Live & Learn” in 2012, Tom now delivers his first full length album. “Second Thoughts” features songs written through the past two years of touring and playing to international audiences, his reflections and impressions, as well as his views on the world around him. Tom’s lyrics span a wide range of topics, from personal to global, emotional to critical, ironical to insightful.

Musically, “Second Thoughts” is another brilliant display of Tom’s now signature style on guitar, using and mixing regular fingerpicking with tapping and percussion on the instrument to make it sound like an entire band. In the studio, together with producer Robin Gillard, the songs were recorded as closely to the live sound as possible. Well tempered vocals with soothing harmonies blend in nicely with the acoustic guitar, accentuated by elements of groovy bass and a few special feature instruments popping up when needed. An album rich in colour and content.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/pnpLC8OxGsc - Watch Tom Strasser performing One Of These Days live at Bar&Co in Vienna

DAVID BROAD
davidbroad.co.uk

David Broad is a singer, songwriter and folk/blues musician from Leeds who last played for us at Liverpool Acoustic in 2012 when he toured with Serious Sam Barrett. His new album with Serious Sam – Live at Cafe Lento – features 23 tracks.

“The way David Broad plays guitar, it’s a finger-twister. This man from Leeds, England, is one of the best finger pickers I’ve seen live.”
Brad Spurgeon, bradspurgeon.com

“Such was the passion in his delivery and authenticity of his delta-blues-like guitar playing, tracks like St James Infirmary Blues were utterly compelling.”
Lawrence Poole

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/D0U2l6_8KkA - A fine outdoor recording of You Never Can Tell filmed last autumn in Golden Acre Park.

SHOES4BRAKES
facebook.com/Shoes4Brakes

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

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/21LvWpxHg_w - Another outdoor recording, this time it’s Shoes4Brakes performing Minnesota for the Addistock Sessions down at Festival Gardens.

SAM CALDWELL
facebook.com/pages/Sam-Caldwell/298030116983868

Sam Caldwell is a 15 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool. He’s self-taught on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, piano, keys and drums, and is obsessed with Snapbacks and Vans. Inspired by the likes of Lucy Spraggan, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth, last year Sam reached the national final of Teen Star UK and performed his self-penned song ‘Myself’ at London’s O2 Arena.

Early 2014 saw the release of Sam’s debut EP ‘Myself’ and this month saw an impromptu performance on Billy Butler’s BBC Radio Merseyside show after loaning his guitar to Buzz Hawkins from The Bradshaws!

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/1lO35AWdIaE - Here’s Sam Caldwell playing his song Myself at the Teen Star national final at the O2 Arena in London. Nice one Sam!

 

 

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.

 

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Spotlight 113: Friday 27th June 2014 – Tom Strasser and David Broad

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