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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 28th August 2015

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 21:04
Sky Arts Guitar Star sensation Adrian Nation to play Liverpool this Friday Guitar sensation Adrian Nation is set to make a welcome return to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery this coming Friday 28th August 2015 when he headlines Liverpool Acoustic Live.

Last August Adrian Nation won a host of new fans after playing a memorable support slot at the View Two followed by a set at the Bluecoat for the Liverpool Acoustic Garden (part of Liverpool International Music Festival). At the start of 2015, and following a recommendation from Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland, Adrian was asked by Sky Arts to audition for their new show Guitar Star. Hosted by Edith Bowman and with judges Nitin Sawhney, Helen Sanderson and Huey Morgan, the aim of the show was to find the UK’s best new extraordinary guitar player. From the thousands who applied, Adrian won a place at the national auditions and was one of only four guitarists to make it through to the acoustic heats where he was mentored by guitar legends Rodrigo y Gabriela before performing to an invited audience at London’s Bush Hall.

Support on the night is provided by young, smoky-voiced blues singer Sophie Anderson, fresh from a live session with Dave Monks on BBC Introducing in Merseyside, a support slot at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for Roseanne Cash, a performance at FestEvol, and being the Liverpool Echo’s Buzz Artist of the Week.

Completing the lineup is FABIA, the musical incarnation of London born, Liverpool based singer-songwriter and pianist Fabia Anderson who entwines classical and contemporary folk, soul and Baroque-pop.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic presents Adrian Nation, Sophie Anderson, FABIA
  • Date: Friday 28th August 2015
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, start 8.15pm, finish 10.45pm
  • 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 137

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 137 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. John Jenkins – The Paris Wife
johnjenkinsmusic.com

2. Denis Parkinson – Instant Daylight
denisparkinson.bandcamp.com/releases

3. FABIA – The Idea
facebook.com/fabiamusic

4. Sophie Anderson – The Doctor
facebook.com/SophieAndersonMusic

5. Adrian Nation – Coming Of The Day
adriannation.co.uk

6. Shoes4Brakes – The Flame
facebook.com/Shoes4Brakes

Theme: Solid Ground by Neil Campbell
neilcampbell.org.uk

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

 

ADRIAN NATION
adriannation.com

Adrian Nation, Father, Brother and Son, a writer whose songs come from the heart and capture your soul. From his home town of Holland on Sea in Essex UK these songs are painted from a life of hard work, love and passion and a feeling of connection to all things, to feel part of something that is bigger than himself.

This year has brought some exciting and wonderful changes for Adrian, just off a run on Sky Arts Guitar Star, this year he has completed very successful UK and Dutch Tours and in November he will embark on his first ever Canadian tour.  “The Dream and The Adventure continues”

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WPyFAENvwFs – Watch Adrian Nation’s audition onSky Arts Guitar Star. His performance of an original composition Five Finger Rapids impressed judges Nitin Sawhney, Helen Sanderson and Huey Morgan so much that they picked him as one of only four guitarists to go through to the acoustic heats. SOPHIE ANDERSON
facebook.com/SophieAndersonMusic

Sophie Anderson is a blues singer based in Liverpool who has a surprisingly big voice which has been described as “animalistic” and “sensational.” She has recently performed in The Liverpool Philharmonic in support of Roseanne Cash, and has played in The Kazimier as part of Festevol.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/UvoNaAEvqcw – Here’s Sophie Anderson performing The Healer Man for the ATP Sessions.

 

FABIA
facebook.com/fabiamusic

‘FABIA (Fabia Anderson) is a singer-songwriter from London now living in Liverpool. She came to Liverpool 4 years ago to study music and has been performing her solo material since November 2014 in venues across the North West and London. Entwining the classical and contemporary, FABIA fuses influences of folk, soul and Baroque-pop into her own individual style. Alongside her solo work FABIA can be seen playing in contrasting bands The Soul Rays, The Good Host and The D-Tales. FABIA is usually seen around Liverpool with her somewhat large musical accomplice, ‘Roland’. 28th August sees her returning to View Two Gallery’s grand piano, giving Roland a well-deserved night in.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/vvCCsxhUryk – Watch FABIA perform her original song The Idea live in the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 28th August 2015

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Calling – Saturday 25th July 2015

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 21:16
Liverpool Acoustic Calling

 

Knock, knock! Who’s there? It’s Liverpool Acoustic Calling!

The double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic is once again 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. The lineup includes punk and rock infused sounds from Andy Bellis (North Wales), lyrical creativity from David James Robertson (Liverpool), roots and blues from Jonathan Coley (Chester), feisty vocals and ferocious guitar from Kim Jennett (Warrington), horror-inspired wonderful weirdness from The Resurrection Men (Liverpool), the sweet sound of Ellie Rose Smith (Liverpool), plus contributions from hosts Three Minute Heroand Derek King. The final slot is taken by touring Australian duo Little Bird(Matt Williams and Rachel O’Hara) with new wave indie pop inspired by Ed Sheeran, Gabrielle Aplin, and more.

This free event runs from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and takes place this coming Saturday 25th July 2015 at the home of Liverpool Acoustic’s weekly open mic night, Sound Food and Drink. The afternoon will be hosted by Three Minute Hero (Liverpool Acoustic’s Stuart Todd) and K’s Choice’s Derek King.

Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser and open mic co-host Stuart Todd said “We’re really excited to be taking part in Liverpool Calling again 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 – Andy Bellis
1.30pm – David James Robertson
2.00pm – Little Bird [Australia]
2.30pm – Jonathan Coley
3.00pm – Kim Jennett
3.30pm – The Resurrection Men
4.00pm – Ellie Rose Smith
4.30pm – Three Minute Hero & Derek King

LIVERPOOL CALLING takes place across five city centre venues (Bombed-out Church, The Magnet, Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Studio 2, and Sound Food and Drink) on Saturday 25th July. Performing on the day will be Dexters, Beans On Toast, Reverend and The Makers, Broken Men, Allusondrugs, Tea Street Band, and more. Click the link below for ticket details or visit facebook.com/LiverpoolCallingFestival

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Calling
  • Date: Saturday 25th July 2015
  • Times: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Venue: Sound Food and Drink, Duke Street, Liverpool
  • Tickets: FREE entry
  • Artists: Andy Bellis, David James Robertson, Little Bird [Australia], Jonathan Coley, Kim Jennett, The Resurrection Men, Ellie Rose Smith, Three Minute Hero & Derek King
  • 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 136

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 136 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. Little Bird – Keep On
triplejunearthed.com/artist/little-bird

2. The Resurrection Men – The Boogieman
theresurrectionmen.bandcamp.com/album/the-sound-of-decomposition

3. David James Robertson – Forgiven
robertsongs.co.uk

4. Ellie Rose Smith – Life Is Good
facebook.com/elliesmithmusic

5. Derek King – I May
derekking.co.uk

6. Jonathan Coley – Spencer The Rover
jonathancoleymusic.com

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

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

 

 Andy Bellis
ANDY BELLIS

facebook.com/AndyBellisOfficial Andy Bellis is a Singer/Songwriter from North Wales who has been writing and recording his own music for over a decade. His influences vary from blues, classic rock, early punk, 80’s synth, modern indie sub genres. David James Robertson
DAVID JAMES ROBERTSON

robertsongs.co.uk Liverpool’s long lost singer-song writer David James Robertson is back home with a debut solo album to celebrate a 20 year journey from the banks of the Mersey to the world and back again. Brought up in a musical family from the Mersey Beat era David has always been at home on stage for many years fronting his own bands. From the mining communities of the Welsh valleys to The Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini’s New York bar David’s live performances have won fans from those who yearn for a well written tune and a night to remember. Little Bird
LITTLE BIRD [Australia]

facebook.com/littlebirdperth

Australia’s acoustic duo Little Bird have announced the release of their self-titled EP Little Bird, available in the UK now. A musical infusion from 2014’s breakthrough band, Little Bird – produced by Dave Parkin (Jebediah, Bob Evans and Red Jezebel), is a unique collection of new wave indie pop, with influences ranging from Ed Sheeran, Gabrielle Aplin and Matt Corby.Founded in 2010 by Matt Williams and Rachel O’Hara, Little Bird is the sound of a band coming into their own to create an EP that demonstrates their confidence and skill.

The title track from the EP was released on January 16th  and became a instant success in Australia. The new release introduces Little Birds catchy and rich sound with the intimate and beautiful vocals of lead singer Rachel O’Hara and Matt Williams on guitar.

Following the bands immediate success in Australia, Little Bird will embark on their Until Tomorrow UK tour beginning July 2015. Extra dates are expected to be announced, more information can be found on the band’s official website.

Jonathan Coley

JONATHAN COLEY

jonathancoleymusic.com

Although a relative newcomer to his chosen instrument, music has been in Jon’s life as long as he can remember. Due to both an undying love for music, as well as inspiration from the greats of the folk and blues scene, Jon began writing, and didn’t stop. By crafting a unique playing style that compliments his rich melodies and provocative lyrics perfectly, Jon has carved a sound that is always in demand.Through his music you will hear the romance of Folk and the heartbreak of Blues, combined with a unique style that’s all his own. After spending the past few years experimenting with recording, Jon has finally endeavoured to begin releasing his material to the world at large. By utilising Indiegogo to help fund a lot of exciting content, he will certainly be onto big things soon.

 

 

Kim Jennett

KIM JENNETT
facebook.com/Kimjennettmusic

With her feisty soaring vocals and ferocious guitar playing, Kim delivers an exiting and energetic sound. Fusing traditional rock and blues with a pinch of her own unique flavour she delivers a head turning performance. Taking influences from muddy waters to No Doubt, from Joan jet to Halestorm , Kim started writing music to help her through difficult times in her life, making her songs real raw and gritty.

To date Kim has self released two EP’s a charity single of the cover “aint no sunshine” by bill withers that toped the iTunes pop chart at 18 ,the main chart at 48 and the indie breakers at 4. she has played across the UK acoustically and with her band performing alongside the likes of scouting for girls, Molotov jukebox and the undertones. She is now hard at work on her 3rd EP and is currently breaking into the Manchester scene.

 

 

 

The Resurrection Men

THE RESURRECTION MEN
theresurrectionmen.bandcamp.com

The remains of The Cramps fronted by a lovesick male banshee jamming with a Black Sabbath tribute band and the ghost of Dick Dale in a haunted house.

 

 

 

Ellie Rose Smith

Ellie Rose Smith
facebook.com/elliesmithmusic

Ellie Rose Smith is an 18 year-old Liverpool based singer songwriter. She combines beautiful melodies with a sweet and wistful voice with folk/pop stylings to present a sound reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Laura Marling.

Ellie performs extensively in and around Liverpool at venues like Zanzibar, Parr Street Studio 2 and the world famous Cavern Club, and recently launched her latest EP at The Brink last May.

 

 

 

Three Minute Hero

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 promoterStuart 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.Stuart Todd recorded his first EP Playing The Field in 2004, followed by a second EP Man On A Mission in 2005. Having worked with musician Neil Campbell in the group Triad, the two re-emerged as an acoustic duo; with the release of their long awaited studio album Campbell Todd in October 2007. Stuart fronted his own group, TheFreebies, to promote his first solo album A Question Of Time during 2009/2010.

Since 2009, Stuart has been promoting the long running Liverpool Acoustic event; with Graham Holland at The View Two Gallery. The success of Liverpool Acoustic was confirmed at the first ever Liverpool Music Awards, when Stuart collected the award for Live Music Night of the Year 2012. They won the award again in 2013. Building on this success, Stuart is now running a popular open mic night every Monday at Sound Food & Drink.

Stuart Todd has reinvented himself and is bringing a fresh approach to his music with Three Minute Hero. The artist has been in the studio recording tracks for a new album with respected producer and engineer Andy Fernihough.

Stuart’s new single 173 (Is Just A Number) is available to buy fromthreeminutehero.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

Derek King

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 hosts his own regular events under the name “K’s Choice Acoustic“.

 

 

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 Calling – Saturday 25th July 2015

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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 24th July 2015

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:00
Award-winning Louise Jordan headlines July’s Liverpool Acoustic Live

On the evening of Friday 24th July 2015 Liverpool Acoustic Live welcomes award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Louise Jordan to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery.

In recent years Louise has completed six UK and European tours including supports for Ralph McTell, Phil Beer, Barbara Dickson and Richard Digance and has gathered a wealth of positive press for her live performances and independently-release albums, with comments such as “A masterclass in songwriting” (R2 Magazine), “Absolutely, totally and completely brilliant” (Mike Harding) and “The fragility of perfection” (FolkWords).

Support on the night is provided by top local performers singer-songwriter Chris Callander, eclectic duo Moss & Jones, and 18 year old musician Esme Bridie.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic presents Louise Jordan, Chris Callander, Moss & Jones, and Esme Bridie
  • Date: Friday 24th July 2015
  • Times: Doors 7.45pm, start 8.15pm, finish 10.45pm
  • 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 135

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 135 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. Louise Jordan – If It Lasts
2. Louise Jordan – Those Words
louisejordan.co.uk

3. Chris Callander – Back In The Old World
from the album Ghosts of the OldCasartelli available from addistock.bandcamp.com

4. Moss & Jones – Shepherds’ Delight (It’s Not Time To Go To Bed)
mossandjones.co.uk
Buy their debut album Amateur Astronomy from mossandjones.bandcamp.com

5. Esme Bridie – Waiting and Wishing
facebook.com/pages/Esme-Bridie-Music/425847114241693

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

Louise Jordan

LOUISE JORDAN
louisejordan.co.uk

Now touring with her third album Veritas, Louise Jordan’s music has been described as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’. Fusing award winning acoustic song writing with classical influences and a folk sensibility, Louise Jordan accompanies herself on piano and guitar to play original works and musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material.Veritas (released September 2014) features uplifting and empowering original songs In the End and If It Lasts as well as fresh arrangements of traditional folk songs Bushes and Briars and Garners Gay, an original song based on the story of Hampshire smuggleress Lovey Warne and an aria written by classical composer G.F. Handel. Veritas was released thanks to support from the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Aspire Programme and an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK.

‘A stirring, lilting grace’ The Telegraph

‘Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

‘Haunting and unforgettable’ **** The Sunday Express

CHRIS CALLANDER
facebook.com/ChrisCallanderAcoustic Chris Callander is a singer-songwriter from Toxteth, Liverpool. Influenced by the songwriting of Tom Waits and the guitar playing of John Martyn and Ry Cooder, Chris writes moving songs about the lifeblood of hopes, dreams and everyday heartache. ‘Brilliant writing’ – Alan Bean, Lunar Astronaut. This year Chris launched his first album ‘Ghosts of the Old Casartelli’ at the Liverpool 1 Bridewell, celebrating the occasion by making a rare appearance with a full band. Featuring stand-out guest spots from Stephanie Kearly on cello and viola and Helen Maher on accordion the album showcases the range of Chris’ songs from heartbreakers such as ‘Back in the Old World’ and ‘Baby Blue’ to stompers ‘Howl at the Moon’ and ‘ Silence Can Talk’. ‘Sincerely beautiful’, ‘when art is as good as this, any era’s ghosts would value it for what it is, utterly cool and aurally fulfilling.’ Liverpool Sound and Vision 9/10. Buy it here at addistock.bandcamp.com Chris is a regular on Liverpool’s acoustic scene and has played festivals such as Threshold, LIMF, 2000 Trees and Glastonbury. MOSS & JONES
mossandjones.co.uk Moss & Jones (Ruth Moss and Marc Jones) are a pair of acoustic musicians from Merseyside. Inspired by the narratives of folk and the etherealness of mediaeval music; the humour of the 1890s music hall and the rousing sounds of the 1990s rave, the pair bring a quirky polish and wistful shine to original songs, traditional folk and imaginative covers.Moss & Jones use a variety of instruments to create their folk-inspired sound, from psaltery to bodhran; from piano to mandolin; from ukulele to violin, and more. They sing melodies, harmonies and melody and counter-melody. The pair have played in a variety of surroundings; from intimate, unamplified house gigs to outdoor family picnics; from short-and-sweet sets at open mic nights to providing a full afternoon’s entertainment to paying punters. They’ve even played in a bandstand to provide background music for a fire-juggling show.Ruth and Marc got married (to each other) in one of their favourite gig venues, Liverpool’s Bombed Out Church, in September 2014; they played most of the songs themselves.When the pair aren’t arranging, writing, singing or playing music they can often be found introducing Ruth’s son to classic Doctor Who. They’ve even been known to dress up as the TARDIS between them and attend conventions.

Moss & Jones’s debut album, Amateur Astronomy, was released in June 2015, and is available from mossandjones.bandcamp.com

ESME BRIDIE
facebook.com/pages/Esme-Bridie-Music/425847114241693 A bright star on the Liverpool acoustic scene, Esme Bridie blends her natural, honest vocal tone with strong and potent lyrical content beyond her years. Pure and emotive, her songs echo the reflective nature of the 1960’s with an additional contemporary touch.

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 24th July 2015

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