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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 27th March 2015

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:55
Catch Paul Wilkes at the View Two Gallery for first time in 7 years

Respected local musician Paul Wilkes returns to Mathew Street’s intimate View Two Gallery on Friday 27th March 2015 for the first time since 2008 to headline the double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live.

Recently seen with Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur, I Am Kloot) -produced alt rock band Wilson Minds, Wilkes has returned to his acoustic roots as a solo performer, along with a new band and a host of stunning new songs. Seven years after his still talked about 2008 View Two Gallery gig, Paul Wilkes is set for another memorable night that’s sure to be talked about seven years from now.

Paul is supported on the night by former GogMAgoG guitarist John Chatterton, and touring Finnish duo Anna & Miki.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live, featuring Paul Wilkes, John Chatterton, and Anna & Miki.
  • Date: Friday 27th March 2015
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, start 8.15pm, finish 11.00pm
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool
  • Tickets £5.00 advance (+50p booking) or £6 on the door
    Buy tickets at wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic
  • The facebook event can be found here
  • 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 128

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 128 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. Paul Wilkes – River Running With Me
pourtousrecords.tumblr.com
Listen to the EP on SoundCloud
River Running With Me EP is available to buy from iTunes
It’s also available from Pourtous Records as a limited edition CD with three bonus tracks and a t-shirt.

2. John Chatterton – I Shot The Sheriff (cover)
www.johnrchatterton.co.uk
John’s music is available to buy from Bandcamp

3. Anna & Miki – Viidakko
annaandmiki.com
Anna & Miki’s music is available to buy from iTunes

BONUS TRACKS

4. Mudhorse – Aviator
www.spookrecords.co.uk/jb_butterfield_24.html
soundcloud.com/mudhorse

5. Red Sails – Sure Enough (live at the Nordic Church)
facebook.com/RedSailsBand
Buy the single Sure Enough on iTunes

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

 

PAUL WILKES
pourtousrecords.tumblr.com

Liverpool born singer songwriter Paul Wilkes releases his fourth EP River Running With Me on his new label Pourtous Records.

Paul spent his early twenties building up a grassroots following in the Liverpool area which led to tours supporting Joan Armatrading and Thea Gilmore, along with him being lauded by the likes of Word Magazine and Hotpress.

Paul decided he wanted to try something new and spent the last few years in an alt rock band Wilson Minds working in London with producer Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur, I Am Kloot) and musicians including Damon Minchella (Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller) and Jeff Wooten (Beady Eye, Damon Albarn).

The Wilson Minds experience provided him with plenty of high and lows, ‘almosts’ and false dawns, leaving Paul Wilkes to redefine his musical focus. Now he’s back with his brand new solo EP River Running With Me.

This release is self produced, written, arranged and composed by Paul working with some quality musicians that he has met on his travels over the years. The artwork for the EP is taken from his late cousin Warren Prentices’ collection of works which Paul intends to use as his theme for his next EP releases.

Along with this new material, he has a brand new five piece band. Paul will be gigging and growing his fan base, leading this release on to many more in the future.

Following its release in January 2015 the EP has had a positive response from the media including great reviews from Getintothis, Liverpool Sound and Vision, and Liverpool Acoustic. The leading track River Running With Me recently made Tom Robinson’s BBC6 Music ‘Fresh Faves’ and Paul has just been invited by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Spencer Leigh to join the Juke Box Jury panel on his On The Beat show on Saturday 28th March.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/EHP7dp05lWU - Here’s the official video for the title track from Paul Wilkes’ new EP River Running With Me.

 

JOHN CHATTERTON
johnrchatterton.co.uk

Born in Liverpool, John Chatterton is a self taught musician and artist with experience as lead and rhythm guitarist in various groups, including Widnes-based Celtic folk-rock band GogMAgoG. Latterly John has been performing as an accomplished solo guitarist whose regular sets include original works as well as improvised melanges based on and around well known rock, pop and folk covers.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/vUB6uFOdgjQ – Enjoy John Chatterton’s cover of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water recorded at St Luke’s for the BoomPond Live Sessions.

 

ANNA & MIKI
annaandmiki.com

Anna & Miki are a Helskini-based acoustic duo that finds inspiration for their music from the uttermost places around the world.“Music comes from our hearts. It’s amazing that besides finding each other, we also found the mutual passion for music. We’ve been a duo for three years now, and it’s been wonderful. We’ve traveled together, played over 50 gigs here and there, recorded and released our debut album (‘Anna & Miki’, 2013) and several online singles and the journey just goes on!”VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/nptD0S6Efgs – Here’s Anna & Miki out on the street performing DayDreaming for Luomustudio.

 

 

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 and Stuart Todd on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music alternates between King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water, and Solid Ground by Neil Campbell.

 

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 27th March 2015

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic eXtra – Friday 13th March 2015

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 18:36
Liverpool Acoustic gives a little eXtra this Friday

Liverpool Acoustic eXtra makes a welcome return to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery this coming Friday 13th March 2015.

This one-off event features four of Liverpool’s best and brightest acoustic musicians in the form of energetic headliner Thom Morecroft, Liverpool Acoustic’s Three Minute Hero (Stuart Todd), country-infused Mark Pountney, and free-spirited Alister Said.

So why not spring into Spring and treat yourself to an eXtra slice of award-winning Liverpool Acoustic goodness this Friday?

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic eXtra, featuring Thom Morecroft, Three Minute Hero, Mark Pountney, Alister Said
  • Date: Friday 13th March 2015
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, start 8.15pm, finish 11.00pm
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool
  • Tickets: £5.50 advance from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic
    or £6 on the door
  • The facebook event can be found here
  • Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
  • For press enquiries & guestlist email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

 

 

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 127

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 127 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. Rob Jones & Rob White – The Boy From The City
facebook.com/RobJonesandRobWhite

2. The Southbound Attic Band – The Girl For Me
southboundatticband.com

3. SheBeat – Freaky Crazy
facebook.com/shebeatmusic

4. Alister Said – Next Time
facebook.com/TheTillermanShow

5. Mark Pountney – Sorrow Killers
markpountney.com

6. Thom Morecroft – On All Night
thommorecroft.com

7. Stuart Todd – Think Of Tomorrow (extract)
8. Three Minute Hero – The Busker
threeminutehero.com

Theme music: Neil Campbell – Solid Ground
neilcampbell.org.uk

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

 

THOM MORECROFT
thommorecroft.com

“Cheering, addictive” and “powerful” are the words used by founding editor of Mojo Magazine Paul Du Noyer to describe Thom Morecroft.

With tracks that have been featured on BBC6 Music by Tom Robinson (and winning three 2014 Liverpool Musicians’ Awards in 2014), this Shropshire-born 24-year-old enjoys a healthy live presence and reputation in the north-west.

Having recently released his new single ‘On All Night’, Thom, with his accompanying band The Rhythm Section, is currently putting together a new album for 2015.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/1FXBEENZLCg – Here’s the official video for Thom’s single On All Night – enjoy!

THREE MINUTE HERO
threeminutehero.com

Deriving the name from a song by 2-tone ska band The Selecter, Three Minute Hero is a semi acoustic artist active on the live music scene. The brainchild of Liverpool songwriter, musician and award-winning promoter Stuart Todd, Three Minute Hero fuses raw social commentary with an eclectic mix of melodic material; elevating the classic three minute pop song by giving it a subversive lyrical twist.

AUDIO PREVIEW soundcloud.com/threeminutehero/happy-hour-at-the-sunrise – Have a listen to Stuart’s performing Happy Hour At The Sunrise, an ever-popular live song.

MARK POUNTNEY
markpountney.com

Mark Pountney is a singer-songwriter from Liverpool who has honed his songwriting craft over the years, seamlessly blending the Mersey vernacular with American roots and rock music. His songbook boasts over one hundred and fifty titles. As a performer, Mark has captivated audiences across the globe with his strong presence, unique voice, powerful melodies and intriguing lyrics. He has steadily become stalwart of the underground Liverpool music scene, garnering the endorsement of music lovers and fellow musicians alike. During the 2000s he supported the local music scene; staging regular songwriter and showcase nights around Merseyside. In 2007 Mark was invited to the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis to record a couple of his original songs. Although only there a short time, he created a buzz amongst industry executives in Nashville, including the late, great, Cowboy Jack Clement. Since fronting the Mojave Collective (2001-2011), who released their album Rust & Dust in 2008, he adopted a hit and run approach to performing live; appearing in small but tasteful settings. Mark One is the first in, what promises to be, a series of albums exploring a range of musical territories. The album launch was a sell out event in House on Bold St Liverpool.Mark’s new album, Mark II, will be launched 30th May at Studio 2, Parr St, Liverpool and will be available to buy via all good digital music outlets (iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Spotify and many more).

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/N2csc4n3qYg – Watch Mark performing his original song Feels Like I’ve Come Home.

ALISTER SAID
facebook.com/Alistersaid

Alister Said. Born and raised in Bootle and has the scars to prove it! Got serious about original music at a later stage and formed his first band ‘Ohio Rain’ which after staff changes eventually split in 99. Alister was then contemplated leaving the idea of being a singer/songwriter behind, when a close friend suggested doing some recording at his house which ended up being called ‘The Rainy Day Session’  This recording was the push which cemented the idea and the very reason to continue. 2001 Las Vegas was the next stop, quickly forming alliance with major players on the scene the ‘Alister & Crew’ open mic series was born. Also forming a band which had a number of quality line-ups and playing the big venues on and off the strip, Alister had made a name for himself.

Returning to Liverpool 2005, Alister started formulating ‘The Tillerman Concept’ which is a unique marketing strategy for artists in the business of the self being the product. Together with the Tillerman team they made ‘Your Ticket’ happen, birthing a new method of business. Topping the creation with ‘Your Penny Tree’ a charity which would feed from ‘The Tillerman Concept’ and be governed by the people they where set to launch officially in 2008 but unfortunately, Alister became unwell and had to have surgery which sidelined everything. After numerous attempts to put another band together, TAP UK and Chief Seattle being two which where examples of the quality and depth of his writing.

Eventually Alister finally met with Frank and Carl who had just re-opened the Lomax where Alister had played back in 99. After spilling his beans with the pair, it was agreed that on the same page they where. It was almost a year after that meeting when Alister moved in to Lomax hosting ‘The Tillerman Radio Show’ every Friday. This was just getting real momentum when the radio station people pulled out putting the show on hold. Now, after all that has happened it would appear that those who reached out will now receive. Society The Clown is on the wind and The Tillerman Show is already known.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/SebucWSK_fc – Recorded live at the Lomax, here’s Alister performing crowd favourite Mellow Meltdown for Culture City TV.

 

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 and Stuart Todd on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music alternates between King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water, and Solid Ground by Neil Campbell.

 

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic eXtra – Friday 13th March 2015

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 27th February 2015

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:43
The Voice, The Piano and The Guitar play Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 6th birthday this Friday

Double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live celebrates its sixth birthday with three top vocal, piano and guitar talents at Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery this coming Friday 27th February 2015.

The Voice
Headlining the show is everyone’s favourite Berlin-born, London-based singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion. No stranger to Liverpool (she appeared on Dave Monks’ show last year – listen here), Roxanne, who BBC 6 Music’s Tom Whalley described as having one of the most perfect voices I’ve ever heard, is celebrating the release of her latest EP Seeing You, produced by double BBC Folk Award nominee Ben Walker.

 

The Piano
Supporting Roxanne will be Jez Wing, Echo & the Bunnymen keyboard player, and member of Cousin Jac. Jez will treating us to a rare solo performance as he shares some of his own songs whilst putting the View Two Gallery’s grand piano to good use in this intimate venue. Last year Jez was featured on BBC Radio Merseyside’s Folkscene (listen here) talking about his musical career and his forthcoming album with Cousin Jac.

 

The Guitar
Completing the lineup is local musician and guitar tutor Jo Bywater who won the Judges’ Award at the 2014 Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge with her song Riches To Rags. Jo, who has been compared with Janis Joplin and Ani Difranco, recently performed at both the Great Britain Rhythm & Blues Festival and the Great British Rock and Blues Festival.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 6th birthday featuring Roxanne de Bastion [London], Jez Wing [Echo & the Bunnymen, Cousin Jac], and Jo Bywater [Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2014 Judges’ Award Winner]
  • Date: Friday 27th February 2015
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, start 8.15pm, finish 10.45pm
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool
  • Tickets: £5.50 advance from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic
    or £6 on the door
  • The facebook event can be found here
  • Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
  • For press enquiries & guestlist email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

 

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 126

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 126 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. Roxanne de Bastion - Seeing You
roxannedebastion.com
facebook.com/roxannedebastion
Buy the Seeing You EP from Amazon and iTunes

2. Cousin Jac – Passing Place (single edit)
cousinjac.tumblr.com
facebook.com/cousinjacmusic
Buy album Believe Me To Remain from Amazon and iTunes

3. Jo Bywater – Silence Changed
jobywater.com
facebook.com/jobywatermusic
Buy Jo’s music from her website

BONUS TRACK

4. Kevin Critchley – Saboteur
kevincritchley.com
facebook.com/kevincritchleymusic
Buy album As I Disappear from Kevin’s website

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

ROXANNE DE BASTION
roxannedebastion.com

Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. The young troubadour tours throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the United States, all on trains and busses. She self-released her debut album The Real Thing, produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in 2013 and has since then been championed by Tom Robinson on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, as well as MTV and Radio Eins in Germany. With Seeing You, Roxanne de Bastion continues to forge her own style and a unique approach to a classic musical genre.

Musically, Roxanne’s compositions are routed in the music of the 1960’s, but the tone of voice is very much her own and the stories told are expressed in a way that could only be now. Her lyrics range from introspective journeys in Seeing You and Same Moon, through to observations on instant gratification and repetition (Rerun) and the tearing down of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Roxanne’s town of birth (Wasteland).

“recalls moments of Martha Wainwright and Joni Mitchell”
Artrocker

“If you ever get a chance to go see her live – definitely do!”
BBC Introducing

One of the most perfect voices I’ve ever heard.”
Tom Whalley, BBC 6 Music

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/l0MakOHNq8Y – Here’s the video for Seeing You, the title track from Roxanne’s current EP.

 

JEZ WING
cousinjac.com

Cousin Jac is the project of songwriter Jez Wing. Performing solo, and featuring songs from debut album Believe Me To Remain as well as new material, the Echo & The Bunnymen keyboard player and previous BBC Young Folk Award winner drew from his Cornish folk roots and pop songwriting to produce Believe Me To Remain at the end of 2014. Recorded at Mello Mello Studios in Liverpool, whole grain church organ pop meets progressive bluegrass/folk on this journey of autofiction, ancestry and seafaring on the shores of the Atlantic. Jez has been showcasing the new album with a full band as well as performing solo, recently supporting Paper Aeroplanes on their UK Tour. The album is launched in Liverpool on 1st May 2015.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/Mwp6ATVn5GI – Here’s Jez Wing performing with his solo project Cousin Jac live a the Kazimier.

 

JO BYWATER
jobywater.com

Jo Bywater’s latest EP, Chasing Tales has been described as “delicious, laid back folk-tinged Americana” and “unorthodox, uncompromising, simply brilliant”. Over the last few years she has been establishing her place in Blues, Americana, Folk and Roots music with sessions and airplay including BBC6 and Introducing and festivals including The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival and The Great British Rock & Blues Festival. She has been compared to Janis Joplin, Alanis Morrissette and Ani Difranco.

In January 2014 Chasing Tales was voted winner of FATEA Awards Best EP/Mini Album/Single of 2013.

In November 2014 Jo won the Judges’ Award for her song Riches to Rags at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge.

Jo is currently writing new material, collaborating with various artists and performing in the UK.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/RQGKGsnakEE – Featuring Andy Jones on electric guitar, here’s Chopping Wood from Jo’s Chasing Tales EP.

 

 

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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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 27th February 2015

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