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Spotlight 110: Friday 28th March 2014 – Treetop

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 19:06
FRIDAY 28th MARCH 2014 LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE

Liverpool Acoustic Live takes place on Friday 28th March 2014 at the View Two Gallery at the heart of the world-famous Cavern Quarter.

Headlining the event is Treetop, the musical project of Craig Lamb, who won the Liverpool Echo’s competition to find an unsigned act to play the Liverpool Music Awards ceremony at St George’s Hall last August.

Supporting Craig on the night will be freshened folk with a psychedelic twist from Bolton-based Throwing Pandas, music from the rootsy end of the pop spectrum with Chester’s Carl Foulkes Jones, and an opening set from 12 year old Millie Courtney.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live
  • Artists: Treetop, Throwing Pandas (Bolton), Carl Foulkes Jones, Millie Courtney
  • Date: Friday 28th March 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
  • Facebook event can be found here
  • Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
  • Press enquiries & guest list - email contact[at]liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 110

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 110 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. Treetop - I Just Need You
TreeTopMusic.co.uk
Available as a free download from TreeTopOfficial.bandcamp.com

2. Carl Foulkes Jones - God’s Got It
soundcloud.com/carl-foulkes-jones

3. Millie Courtney - Feels Like Heaven
facebook.com/millie.courtney.33

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

TREETOP
TreeTopMusic.co.uk

Treetop is the solo project of Craig Lamb, a singer songwriter from Liverpool. Treetop began in the summer of 2013 and took off in a big way with numerous support slots, a live session for BBC introducing and an extremely well received performance at the Liverpool Music Awards. Since then, Craig has continued to gig around the northwest and record in a variety of locations around Liverpool. The first song to be released from these recording sessions is “I Just Need You” – a sparse stripped back song combining electric guitar and vocals, recently released for free from TreeTopOfficial.bandcamp.com

With many other releases planned for the coming months along with numerous high profile gigs, 2014 looks to be a good year for Treetop.

THROWING PANDAS
reverbnation.com/throwingpandas

An eclectic mix of sounds, heavily acoustic, with a great slab of ukelele sparkle, from funky to folky with influence from Dylan to Arcade Fire; from Marley to Midlake; sweet songs and revolutionary tales of a war with humans and pandas! A new sound has arrived – freshened folk alternative with a psychedelic twist!

CARL FOULKES JONES
soundcloud.com/carl-foulkes-jones

Sounding loosely like a street quartet of musicians Carl plays four instruments at once: a bass pedal (made up of old piano hammers and bass guitar strings) with his right foot, a snare drum with his left foot, a hung harmonica and acoustic guitar.

Armed with this he goes about troubadour alike exploring the rootsy end of the pop spectrum and playing in a long line of tradition with songs passed down from country blues to folk. Recording has been done live at the minute and Jones is in the process of recording his first album to be called Monkey Chunk.

MILLIE COURTNEY
facebook.com/millie.courtney.33

12 year old Millie Courtney hit the press last year with her self-penned Hillsborough tribute Broken Winged Angels. Since then she has been awarded an Artist Development Deal by Bold Management with Martin O’Shea as her manager.Millie recently played the Young Musicians Showcase at The Brink and is looking forward to announcing more exciting gigs for later this year.

 

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 110: Friday 28th March 2014 – Treetop

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Spotlight 109: Friday 28th February 2014 – 5th birthday

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 22:57
FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2014 LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE 5TH BIRTHDAY

Liverpool Acoustic Live, winner of Live Music Night of the Year at the Liverpool Music Awards in 2012 and 2013, celebrates its 5th birthday this week. Every month since February 2009 organisers Stuart Todd and Graham Holland have brought together some of the best local, national and international artists to play top quality music to an appreciative audience at the intimate View Two Gallery venue on Mathew Street.

Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 5th Birthday is taking place on Friday 28th February 2014 at the View Two Gallery at the heart of the world-famous Cavern Quarter. Headlining the event is local musician, songwriter, activist and tutor Alun Parry. Described as “A Merseyside folk God” (Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo) and “One of the most incisive songwriters on Merseyside” (Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside), Alun carries the spirit of Woody Guthrie into the 21st Century.

Supporting Alun Parry on the night are local collective Operation Lightfoot who will be providing music and visuals, Scarborough’s talented singer-songwriter Joe Solo, and winner of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2013 Alexandra Jayne.
Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland said:-

“Liverpool Acoustic Live was originally a one-off gig but we enjoyed it so much Stuart and I decided to make it monthly. Ever since the start we’ve supported up-and-coming musicians. Our first gig was organised for 14 year old Luke Jackson from Canterbury and featured Lizzie Nunnery, Ali Ingle and Stephen Langstaff. Stephen is now playing to large crowds at events such as Chester Rocks, Lizzie has starred in the Irish Sea Sessions, Ali won Best Male Artist at the Liverpool Music Awards 2012, and last year Luke Jackson was nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Stuart and I would like to thank everyone who’s played for us over the past five years and anyone who’s come along to watch and enjoy the fantastic range of performances from across the musical spectrum.”

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live 5th Birthday
  • Artists: Alun Parry, Operation Lightfoot, Joe Solo [Scarborough], Alexandra Jayne
  • Date: Friday 28th February 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
  • Facebook event can be found here
  • Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
  • Press enquiries & guest list - email contact[at]liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 109

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 109 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. Alun Parry - My Name Is Dessie Warren
parrysongs.co.uk
Taken from the album When The Sunlight Shines
available to buy from Alun’s website and iTunes
Read the Liverpool Acoustic review here.

2. Joe Solo - No Pasaran
joesolo.co.uk
Taken from the album No Pasaran, available to buy from Bandcamp

3. Operation Lightfoot, featuring Vanessa Murray - What If I Told You
facebook.com/OperationLightfoot

4. Alexandra Jayne - 1969
alexandrajaynemusic.com

5. Alun Parry – The Football Song

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

ALUN PARRY
parrysongs.co.uk

Alun Parry brings a distinctly Liverpool sound with his brand of self-written Irish American folk. He makes you smile, makes you think, and revs you up! Folk legends Roy Bailey and Dick Gaughan are amongst his fans.

His latest album When The Sunlight Shines received widespread critical acclaim. FATEA called it “a collection of irresistible, empowering, fresh-sounding anthems.” and the Liverpool Echo made it Album of the Week.

Alun also delivers wonderful song writing workshops, an ideal addition to any appearance.

JOE SOLO
joesolo.co.uk

Joe Solo has in his time been a busker, a barman, a kerb-counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of folk, punk and blues in his own right.

On top of releasing twelve albums in ten years, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War which he updates daily online; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Justin Sullivan, Emily Portman and The Blockheads; whilst his songs have been played by both John Peel on Radio One and Mike Harding on Radio Two.

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

OPERATION LIGHTFOOT
facebook.com/OperationLightfoot

Operation Lightfoot began in 2013 as a collaboration to combine music and film between composer/songwriter Luke Moore and film-maker/musician Rich Geraghty.

Originally conceived for Threshold Festival in Liverpool that year, the duo assembled an impressive cast of guest musicians for their debut performance at Camp and Furnace in front of the four films made especially for the event. Since then they have been busy recording the opening tracks of an album that will showcase a number of guest artists across a range of genres, including two former Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge winners, Vanessa Murray and Silent Cities.

The distinct songwriting styles of the project’s founders explore a range of themes and are blended to produce a performance with a different guest vocalist for each piece. Operation Lightfoot’s versatile band line-up will feature strings, wind and percussion.

ALEXANDRA JAYNE
alexandrajaynemusic.com

Alexandra Jayne is a 21 year old singer songwriter originally from the West Midlands and now based in Liverpool, where she recently won the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge. A classically trained singer, Alexandra first picked up a guitar at the age of 15 and has since crafted her own distinctive songwriting. Her acoustic style is complemented by a strong, soulful voice which has lead to comparisons with Joan Baez. Alexandra spent her early years immersed in the records of Bob Dylan and vocal giant Mavis Staples, from whom she learned the impact of a truly emotional song, something she reflects with her own soul-bearing lyrics. Armed with her acoustic guitar she regularly gigs around the West Midlands and Liverpool. Soaking up the cultural heritage of the city along the way, she has rapidly become part of the eclectic Liverpool gig circuit, singing at various venues including the world famous Cavern Club and this year’s Oxjam Liverpool and Threshold Festival. Her last single ‘Who I’ve Become’ was BBC Radio Shropshire’s song of the month for November and she recently reached 130,000 views on her YouTube channel.  Her music has been played on both BBC Shropshire and BBC Stoke and she has performed BBC Introducing Live Lounge sessions on both stations.

 

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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