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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 17th June 2016

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 18:41
 Liverpool Acoustic Live - Friday 17th June 2016 The season’s right for an album launch at the View Two this Friday

Local Singer-songwriter Derek King will be launching his new album ‘Seasons’ at the View Two Gallery this month, with support from Nicola Hardman, and Gary Maginnis & the Like.

The event, on Friday 17th June 2016, sees K’s Choice supremo and Liverpool Acoustic open mic host Derek King joined by a number of musical friends who’ll be accompanying him on songs from the new album alongside some from his popular 2015 album Sometimes.

Advance tickets are £8 which includes a copy of the album, or £5 without. Entry on the door on the night is a very reasonable £6.

Why not join us for some fantastic, original acoustic music at the heart of the historic Cavern Quarter and support your local music scene?

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live, with Derek King Album Launch, Nicola Hardman, Gary Maginnis & the Like
  • Date: Friday 17th June 2016
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, music 8.15pm
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, L2 6RE
  • Tickets: £5 advance (+50p booking fee)
    £8 advance plus CD (+80p booking fee)
    £6 on the door (entry only)
    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/events
  • Press enquiries & guestlist email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 149

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 149 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. Derek King – Summer Breeze
2. Derek King – Better

derekking.co.uk
Taken from the new album Seasons available from Derek’s website

3. Nicola Hardman – Little Fish
facebook.com/nicolahardmanmusic
Buy Nicola’s album Full Beans by contacting her via her facebook page.

4. Gary Maginnis & the Like – The Way I’m Thinkin
garymaginnis.com
Taken from the mini album Ghost Town Blues available to buy from Gary’s website

BONUS TRACKS

5. Merry Hell – Summer Is A-Comin
merryhell.co.uk
Taken from the current album The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories available to buy from their website. Merry Hell will be playing at the Music Room on Friday 13th(!) January 2017 – SET THE DATE!

6. Gary Maginnis & the Like – Black Jeans & Cigarette Smoke 
garymaginnis.com
Available on a ‘name your price’ basis from Gary’s website.

From Gary: “I have song called Black Jeans & Cigarette Smoke that I am using to raise money for a charity set up by my aunt and uncle after my cousin passed away at 11 years old. The charity is called Smart (NI) and money is being raised for football pitches in rural parts of Ireland (he was a big gaelic football and football fan), as well as for Cruse Bereavement Care.

Theme: King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water

ARTIST INFORMATION 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.

Having been a musical performer for most of his adult life, Derek’s musical journey began at the tender age of 16 when he played bass guitar in a post punk “new-wave” band.  The band went on (without him!) to become the “the Vapors” and enjoyed a respectable amount of success and a couple of top ten hits.  Having the wrong hair-style for the Vapors meant that Derek went in his own musical direction and became a gigging solo artist around the Guildford area for a while.

Later on he moved to Liverpool, where he has lived for the past 20+ years, and he has played in various bands before more recently finding his niche as a solo singer-songwriter.  His song “Perfect Days” was awarded a “Commended Entry” certificate in the 2012 UK Songwriting Contest and in 2013 and 2014 his entries “Beautiful in Blue” and “To Be a Boy” were both finalists in the prestigious Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge.

A regular performer around Liverpool’s acoustic music scene, Derek is also an enthusiastic promoter of local music and co-hosts regular events with Liverpool Acoustic.

NICOLA HARDMAN
facebook.com/nicolahardmanmusic

Nicola Hardman is a Liverpool based wandering minstrel of sorts, best known for her theatrical songwriting performed with voice and piano. “Little Fish” a composition of Hardman’s being very popular amongst her listeners. Described by Liverpool Sound and Vision: “The key to the song resides in her ability to place an almost perfect, certainly enticing key that plays, wriggles, on the hook and dances with a solitary, tempting thought”

After spending several months performing her songs in and around the UK, she collaborated with producer and guitarist Dan Barker to create her debut album “Full Beans” a 10 track piece described in the Buz Magazine as “No average run of the mill record.” Together with a live band; bassist Shawn Charvette, drummer Phil Mann and guitarist Dan Barker the 4 of them launched the album at Liverpool’s art and performance space 24 Kitchen Street in December 2015 and went on to play the album on tour.

Hardman continues to perform as a solo act around the UK and is working on new material for her next project. “There is something about Nic that draws you in, captivating you, leaving you wanting to hear more” Buz Magazine Mar 2016, Full Beans Review.

GARY MAGINNIS & THE LIKE
garymaginnis.com

Born and raised in the Irish countryside, and now living in an English city, Gary Maginnis combines these backgrounds with his experiences and observations to craft songs and stories that are both emotive and personable. As well as these experiences Gary draws from a wide range of influences across a number of genres such as blues, folk, country and Irish traditional music to create a unique blend.

The Like are a 3 piece acoustic band featuring Shane Sweeney on acoustic Guitar, Declan Sands on Bass and Claire Smith on vocals. The band bring their own songs as well making sure that Gary Maginnis & The Like have a lot of material to draw from no matter the setting.

“This is reality, the partaking of accounts that happen to be part of a person’s many chapters of existence, no recrimination, just pleasing music filled with the air of humanity.” – Liverpool Sound & Vision

“This is a fascinating EP. it’s songs that matter. And the songwriting is first-class”- Fatea Magazine

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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 17th June 2016

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 27th May 2016

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 18:47
 Liverpool Acoustic Live - Friday 27th May 2016 You’d be nuts to miss The Squirrel Hillbillies at the View Two Gallery this Friday

The Liverpool Acoustic Live monthly showcase returns to Mathew Street this coming Friday 27th May 2016 for a fantastic evening of top-class acoustic music in the intimate setting of the View Two Gallery‘s top floor performance space.

Headlining the show are Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Croth, better known as The Squirrel Hillbillies. This Pennsylvania duo delight audiences across their home state and around the world performing their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues in a style they describe as ‘rabidly social and clawingly curious’! You’d be nuts to miss them!

As an added bonus, The Squirrel Hillbillies will be appearing on Billy Butler’s BBC Radio Merseyside show on Friday 27th May from 2.00pm, so why not tune in and listen?

Special guest on the night is popular Protest-Pagan singer-songwriter James J Turner whose cracking new album Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud is a fine follow-up to 2012’s How Could We Be Wrong.

Opening the show is The Grateful Fred Ukulele Trio fronted by Grateful Fred Roots and Acoustic Night head honcho Colin Maddocks, along with Pete McPartland (The Big I Am) and Vince Gillespie. Trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed!

At the end of the working week, there’s nothing quite like a good night out listening to fantastic, original music in a warm and inviting venue. Come on down and experience it for yourself, and help support live music in one of the greatest music cities in the world.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live, with The Squirrel Hillbillies, James J Turner, The Grateful Fred Ukulele Trio
  • Date: Friday 27th May 2016
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, music 8.15pm
  • Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, L2 6RE
  • Tickets: £5 advance (+50p booking fee) & £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/events
  • Press enquiries & guestlist email contact@liverpoolacoustic.co.uk

 

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 148

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 148 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 Squirrel Hillbillies – Insane When We’re Apart
squirrelhillbillies.com
Taken from the 2012 album The Squirrel Hillbillies available from Bandcamp

2. James J Turner  – Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud
jamesjturner.com
Taken from album of the same name available via James’ website

3. The Grateful Fred Ukulele Trio – What I Didn’t Learn At School
gratefulfredukuleletrio.co.uk
Taken from the new album Further Down The Road available to buy from Rash Records

BONUS TRACKS

4. Four Alarm Fire – I’ll Take It All
soundcloud.com/fouralarmfire

 

5. Caroline England – Crashing Down
carolineengland.co.uk
Caroline is releasing her new album Faking Wonderful at Thornton Hough Village Club & Bar on Saturday 28th May 2016. Full details on facebook.

Theme: King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water

ARTIST INFORMATION the squirrel hillbillies THE SQUIRREL HILLBILLIES
squirrelhillbillies.com

From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They have performed more than 200 shows, including appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and the Leigh Folk Festival in England.

Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their CDs have gained radio play on stations across the US and around the world.

James J Turner

JAMES J TURNER
jamesjturner.com

James J Turner’s much anticipated new album Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud is out now via Townsend Music. This is James’s third solo studio album, and was recorded in the same Liverpool studio as his critically acclaimed second solo album “How Could We Be Wrong” which was called the “best folk-rock album of 2012” earning him over 20,000 fans plus lots of UK and European radio play (including mainstream and regional BBC stations), live radio sessions and key live gigs including Witchfest – the biggest Pagan Festival in the world – in London in November 2015.

James has a unique solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic-Pagan music scene in recent years. A huge voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, carefully crafted songs. In recent years James has deliberated to consciously follow a Druidic – Bardic path; he is a member of OBOD, who are the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. The music on James’s new album is therefore imbued with his empathy for the human struggle, complex spiritual landscapes, plus a deep concern for the environment. Also on the new album are powerful and passionate vocal performances; characteristic James J Turner songs with strident lyrics, catchy melodies, anthemic choruses and strong hooks; plus first class musicianship from James (vocals / acoustic guitar / whistles / mandolin / shruti box), Vicky Mutch (cello), Amy Chalmers (fiddle /backing vocals), Etienne Girard (bass guitar), Jay Hughes (drums / cajon) and Henry Priestman (accordion).

the grateful fred ukulele trio THE GRATEFUL FRED UKULELE TRIO
gratefulfredukuleletrio.co.uk

Formed from the embers of Grateful Fred’s Americana, Roots and Acoustic Nights in Formby and Southport the Grateful Fred Ukulele Trio perform original songs on two ukuleles and a ukulele bass. Combining the talents (?) of Vincent Gillespie, Pete McPartland and Colin Maddocks you’ll either love ’em or hate ’em. If you love ’em you might want to take home a copy of the new CD, “Further Down The Road”. If you hate ’em…then you wont’.

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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 May 2016

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