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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Garden – Sunday 24th August 2014

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:00
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC GARDEN SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST 2014 AT THE BLUECOAT, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

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

 

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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 liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live Press enquiries - email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

 

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 liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/spotlight/about

1. Mary McCombs – Selling Flowers
facebook.com/marysongs

2. Freda and the High Tides – Sweet Misery
facebook.com/fredaandthehightides

3. Derek King – Spirals and Circles
derekking.co.uk

4. Tom George – Don’t Want Trouble
tomgeorge.bandcamp.com

6. Shoes4Brakes – Icarus
facebook.com/Shoes4Brakes

6. Chris Callander – Baby Blue
facebook.com/ChrisCallanderAcoustic

7.  Jonathan Tarplee – No Tobacco, No Jesus
www.blueyellows.co.uk

 

 

ARTIST INFORMATION MARY MCCOMBS
facebook.com/marysongs

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
soundcloud.com/blackdog1

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.

FREDA AND THE HIGH TIDES
facebook.com/fredaandthehightides

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”.

DEREK KING
derekking.co.uk

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
tomgeorge.bandcamp.com

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
facebook.com/Shoes4Brakes

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
facebook.com/ChrisCallanderAcoustic

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
www.blueyellows.co.uk

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.

 

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Liverpool Acoustic Garden – Sunday 24th August 2014

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Garden – Saturday 23rd August 2014

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC GARDEN SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST 2014 AT THE BLUECOAT, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

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!

Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland says, “We’re delighted to welcome back the Liverpool International Music Festival to the Bluecoat, one of Liverpool’s most iconic and best-loved venues. We’ve got a top class selection of acoustic musicians lined up for the two afternoons, and visitors to the Bluecoat garden on 23rd and 24th August are in for a real treat.”Rachel Goodsall,  Arts Partnerships Coordinator at the Bluecoat, says, “The Bluecoat has a rich history of engaging music performances and we are excited to be hosting the return of the Liverpool Acoustic Garden as part of this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival. Come and relax to the sounds of summer from some of the very best acoustic talent around!”Liverpool International Music Festival curator Yaw Owusu says, “I’m really happy to have Liverpool Acoustic taking part in this year’s festival. The setting of the Bluecoat Gardens, with the line up they have, means it is set to be another great event, which we are lucky to have within our festival calendar.”

So why not come along, grab a drink or a bite to eat, and sit back and relax in the Liverpool Acoustic Garden? It’s what Bank Holiday weekends were made for!

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Event: Liverpool Acoustic Garden Artists: Saturday 23rd August 2014 12.00pm  The Big I Am
12.30pm  Adrian Nation [Essex]
1.00pm  Simon Cousins
1.30pm  Roxanne de Bastion [London]
2.00pm  Iain Till
2.30pm  SheBeat
3.00pm  The Southbound Attic Band
3.30pm  John Chatterton

 

Artists: Sunday 24th August 2014 
Mary McCombs, John Hall, Freda and the High Tides, Derek King, Tom George, Shoes4Brakes, Chris Callander, 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 liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live Press enquiries - email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

 

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 117

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 117 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. The Big I Am – Collecting Skies (Single Mix)
facebook.com/thebigiam

2. Adrian Nation – Five Finger Rapids
adriannation.co.uk

3 . Simon Cousins – That’s Just The Way It Is
sicousins.co.uk
Read the Liverpool Acoustic review of Simon’s debut album Given Songs here.

4. Roxanne de Bastion – Buckle Up
roxannedebastion.com

5. Iain Till – Oh, Sweetheart Of Mine
iaintill.co.uk

6. SheBeat – Always On The Run
facebook.com/shebeatmusic

7. The Southbound Attic Band – Compromised
southboundatticband.co.uk

8. John Chatterton – Piece 1
johnrchatterton.co.uk

 

 

ARTIST INFORMATION THE BIG I AM
facebook.com/thebigiam Acoustic loveliness featuring Colin Heaney on cuatro and vocals and Peter McPartland on tenor ukulele and vocals.

ADRIAN NATION [Essex]
adriannation.co.uk

With a new live album released earlier this year Adrian Nation is going from strength to strength gaining new followers across the UK and increasingly in Europe. “Live at Crossroads” perfectly captures the songwriting and guitar playing of the man that is described by Guitar and Bass Magazine as “a superior fingerstyle troubadour“. With appearances at festivals all over the country including most recently the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival where he closed the weekend, Adrian is considered to be among the best fingerstyle guitarists currently on the scene in the UK. 

“Adrian Nation is a tall, handsome, unmade bed with a clear, soulful voice and a heart full of great songs.” - Stephen Fearing

SIMON COUSINS
www.sicousins.co.uk

Simon Cousins is a singer songwriter from Liverpool who played with Mike Badger and the Onset in the 1990s. He has just released his first solo CD Given Songs after a comeback starting in 2010 that has seen him play at a couple of Glastonbury Festivals as well as the Liverpool Acoustic Garden event at last year’s LIMF.

ROXANNE DE BASTION [London]
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 buses. Roxanne de Bastion releases her new EP ‘Seeing You’ on September 22nd via Hidden Trail Records. Seeing You was recorded in London and produced by Ben Walker (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee). The EP contains 4 new tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he's] ever heard”.

A regular and popular visitor to Liverpool, Roxanne will be back at the View Two Gallery on Friday 12th September for Acoustic Dustbowl, supporting American country musician Tom Shed (tickets here).

IAIN TILL
iaintill.co.uk

Iain Till is a solo singer-songwriter, and bassist with local band The City Walls. He self released his debut EP last year which was well received, and played regularly on Liverpool and Manchester circuit with Steph Kearley on cello. After a short break from gigging both solo and with The City Walls, Iain will be releasing a new solo EP in the Autumn, and will be stepping out once again.

SHEBEAT
facebook.com/shebeatmusic

SheBeat is a Liverpool singer songwriter. Expect tales of romantic misadventure and perfect portions of hum-a-long folk pop. 60s influences mix with modern day troubadours PJ Harvey and Norah Jones.

THE SOUTHBOUND ATTIC BAND
southboundatticband.co.uk

The Southbound Attic Band is singer songwriter Barry Jones and Ronnie Clark. Their guitar, harmonica, bass and vocal harmony combination create Celtic flavoured acoustic Americana with an English Folk Rock sensibility and catchy melodic songs with a dark edge.

JOHN CHATTERTON
johnrchatterton.co.uk

….a Liverpool born guitarist, Johns’ regular sets include instrumental & improvised works with the occasional melange of different genres based on & around well known rock standards together with original pieces!

‘Music is a healer when in the right hands, and in the carefree but talented hands of John R. Chatterton, music becomes something to cherish and nurture’ - Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound & Vision

 

 

 

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 Garden – Saturday 23rd August 2014

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 22nd August 2014

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:12
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST 2014 TJ & MURPHY, ADRIAN NATION, MOJO STORM

After their previous sell out gigs “sublime acoustic duo TJ & Murphy” (Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo) return to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery on Friday 22nd August with new songs and old favourites. Expect interwoven vocal harmonies and a unique guitar style that can only be attributed to them. This is one of the must-see events of the Bank Holiday weekend and tickets are already selling fast.

Joining TJ & Murphy on the night will be Essex-based singer-songwriter Adrian Nation who recently had the honour of closing the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival. Completing the lineup are local group Mojo Storm who went down a storm (ahem!) at June’s Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon with their African inspired jazz/fusion sound.

Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser Graham Holland said “We’re delighted to welcome back crowd favourites TJ & Murphy for an intimate, acoustic set in the View Two Gallery’s performance space. These boys never fail to impress and I’m sure this night will be no exception. They will be perfectly complimented by the solo talents of Adrian Nation and the African-inspired sound of Mojo Storm. I can’t think of a better way to start the Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool.”

UPDATE: TJ & Murphy will be appearing live on Billy Butler’s BBC Radio Merseyside show from 2.30pm on Friday 22nd August to talk about the gig, their future plans, and to play a couple of songs. You can listen live at bbc.co.uk/liverpool

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live
  • Artists: TJ & MURPHY
    Adrian Nation (Essex)
    Mojo Storm
  • Date: Friday 22nd August 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 116

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 116 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. TJ & Murphy - In Your Hands
facebook.com/tjandmurphy
Buy the album Hurricanes at tjandmurphymusic.bandcamp.com

2. Adrian Nation – The Heart Beats On
adriannation.co.uk
Buy the album Live At Crossroads here

3. Mojo Storm – Soweto Blues
mojostorm.co.uk
Buy the album Life here

 

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

TJ & Murphy

TJ & MURPHY
facebook.com/tjandmurphy

Duo TJ & Murphy are Thomas-Joseph Mealey (vocals, guitars) and David ‘Murphy’ Bower (vocals, guitars, piano). They joined together in 2008, releasing their acclaimed debut album ‘Weary Nights’ some months later. Since then they’ve toured Europe, Norway and England, and have released their second album ‘Hurricanes’ available to buy from tjandmurphymusic.bandcamp.com

“Beautiful harmonies and superb guitar playing.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/LE1tDVg_Z2w - Here’s a live recording of TJ & Murphy performing Notes In The Wind last autumn.

 

ADRIAN NATION
adriannation.co.uk

With a new live album released earlier this year Adrian Nation is going from strength to strength gaining new followers across the UK and increasingly in Europe. “Live at Crossroads” perfectly captures the songwriting and guitar playing of the man that is described by Guitar and Bass Magazine as “a superior fingerstyle troubadour”. With appearances at festivals all over the country including most recently the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival where he closed the weekend, Adrian is considered to be among the best fingerstyle guitarists currently on the scene in the UK.

“One man with a guitar sounds like a simple idea, but to take that guitar and create a set containing a variety of textures, moods and atmospheres is the hard bit and only a few can truly carry it off. Adrian comfortably sits with the best at this game. ” Andy Craig, Rothbury Roots

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/Lwep2a6Oc7I - Enjoy the blistering finger-picking from Adrian Nation as he performs the instrumental Five Finger Rapids live at A Feast Of Easter Folk in Gosport this year.

 

MOJO STORM
mojostorm.co.uk

Combining Kevin Paton’s lilting West African twelve-string guitar and soulful conscious lyrics with Phil Hargreaves’ jazz/reggae inflected saxes and flute to produce an infectious, joyful sound that tempers an anger at injustice with a sense of delight at the beauties of the world, Mojo Storm are coming from Liverpool straight to your heart.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WGdH1lVP55o - Here’s Mojo Storm performing live at Celtic Bazaar in June 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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Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 22nd August 2014

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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

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1. David Hirst - Mary Of The Wild Moor
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2. Melody Says - Hiver en été
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Buy Melody’s music from melodysays.bandcamp.com

3. Jonathan Coley - Jetsam
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4. Hannah Kewn - Myself
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5. David Hirst - The Wolf

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

DAVID HIRST
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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
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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
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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
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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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