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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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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 30th January 2015

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE FRIDAY 30th JANUARY 2015 ROB JONES & ROB WHITE, RICHIE SYRETT, ELLIE ROSE SMITH, MONDAY BLACKBIRDS

 

Liverpool Acoustic Live returns to the View Two Gallery this Friday 30th January Double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live returns to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery for the first event of the year this coming Friday 30th January 2015. Kicking off 2015 in style is local duo Rob Jones and Rob White. Lifelong friends Rob & Rob are no strangers to the View Two Gallery having organised many of their own gigs there over the years. This time they’ll be joined by Graham Warner on the View Two’s fabulous grand piano and Stu Rimmer on his equally fabulous saxophone! Read Rob & Rob’s profile of Graham and Stu on their facebook page here.

Support on the night is provided by 19 year old Liverpool singer-songwriter Ellie Rose Smith, Manchester roots and Americana singer Richie Syrett, and new Madrid band Monday Blackbirds.

So why not beat the late January blues with a night of exciting, original live music at the heart of Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter? You’d be crazy not to!

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live featuring Rob Jones and Rob White, Ellie Rose Smith, Richie Syrett [Manchester], and Monday Blackbirds [Madrid]
  • Date: Friday 30th January 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 125

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 125 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 – Won’t You Remember My Name?
facebook.com/RobJonesandRobWhite
reverbnation.com/robjonesandrobwhite
Song taken from the album Thirty available to buy from Rob & Rob

2. Ellie Rose Smith – I’d Rather Be With You (New Hall Sessions)
facebook.com/elliesmithmusic
soundcloud.com/ellie-smith

3. Richie Syrett – Silhouettes & Outlines
richiesyrettmusic.com
Taken from Richie’s forthcoming new album, this track is available as a free download from his website

4. Monday Blackbirds – Where is Johnny?
facebook.com/mondayblackbirds
Taken from the EP Monday Blackbirds available as a free download from Bandcamp
mondayblackbirds.bandcamp.com

 

 ARTIST INFORMATION

 

ROB JONES & ROB WHITE
facebook.com/RobJonesandRobWhite

Born and based in Liverpool, England, Rob Jones (vocal/acoustic guitar) and Rob White (vocal) have been harmonising since meeting at school: well, with a few days off to watch football. When not watching football, Rob & Rob have played a lot of gigs, recorded a few songs and squeezed in the odd radio broadcast.

Recent appearances include the 2014 Above The Beaten Track, Liverpool Calling and Hope Fest festivals along with the LIMF Bandstand event in Stanley Park. In addition, two songs, Monday To Sunday and Some Other Where have recently been released on the well-received City Of Music compilation albums.

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! Reviewers have praised the well-crafted songs and the tight harmonies and have detected the influence of, amongst others, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/EtR_VIbRpaQ – Here’s Rob & Rob in concert performing their song The French Girl In The Hall.

 

ELLIE ROSE SMITH
facebook.com/elliesmithmusic

Ellie Rose Smith is an 19 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool who’s been playing guitar for the past seven years and singing ever since she can remember. Her main influences are Fleet Foxes, Ben Howard, Kate Bush and Nina Simone.

Words are the main ingredients to Ellie’s songs along with alternative chord changes and a few vocal gymnastics thrown in. The result is interesting, relatable songs that are hopefully memorable too.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/hhSMFMxvHKk – Recorded live on Hope Street (complete with ambient traffic and helicopter noises!) Ellie Rose Smith performs I’d Rather Be With You for the New Hall Sessions.

 

RICHIE SYRETT
richiesyrettmusic.com

Hailing from England’s North West, Richie Syrett is a Singer/Songwriter with his own distinctive and thoughtful blend of melodic Americana-flecked Folk/Rock. His style makes a grateful bow to a wide number of influences on both sides of the Atlantic so perhaps ‘Anglicana’ is a more fitting way to describe his sound.

Through biding his time, treading the boards and playing more than his fair share of dance halls and dive bars, the grace and good will of word of mouth has seen his music develop an ever growing and impressive fan base with previous independent releases selling strongly, reaching far shores and receiving high praise.

Since his last release ‘Good Morning Midnight’, Richie assembled together a band of seasoned, like­minded musicians and retreated to the studio to record a batch of songs for a new album scheduled for release towards the end of this year. With a new EP already in the pipeline and a host of exciting live dates in the diary, 2015 is shaping up to be an eventful year for all concerned.

“Almost perfect, the future looks very bright indeed! 9/10″
– Americana UK

“The songs sound like Alt­Country classics you should have known for about forty years ­ One of the most promising singer­ songwriters we’ve heard in years”
– Heaven Magazine

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/hSFW7yb5yHc – Watch Richie playing Good Morning Midnight live with his band back in 2012.

MONDAY BLACKBIRDS
facebook.com/mondayblackbirds

Monday Blackbirds is a brand new band from Madrid. Their style goes from classic pop and rock to the most modern indie sounds. With a big influence of bands like Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand and their own distinct sound they are achieving a good reputation in the musical scene of Madrid.

Their first and eponymous EP, produced by Alfonso Mercado, was released September 2014 and contains five songs each with the characteristic sound of Monday Blackbirds. Their first single Where Is Johnny? with its own video and its infectious beat is a big hit and is chanted by the crowds in all their concerts.

VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/HutmBUcWa8c – Here’s Monday Blackbirds performing an acoustic version of their single Where Is Johnny? live on the Spanish TV show Noiseoff.

 

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 30th January 2015

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