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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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Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 147

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 15:31

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 147

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 147 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. Only Child – Buildings
onlychildmusicuk.wordpress.com
Only Child launch their new album on Friday 6th May 2016. Full details here.

2. Roxanne De Bastion – Wasteland
roxannedebastion.com

3. Nick Ellis – The Grand Illusion
mellowtonerecords.com

4. Vanessa Murray – Thanks To You
vanessamurraymusic.com

5. Dominic Dunn – Bury Your Head
facebook.com/Dominic.Dunn22

6. John Jenkins – Her Solider Boy
johnjenkinsmusic.com
John Jenkins is launching his new album on Friday 23rd September 2016. Details here.

Theme: Neil Campbell – Solid Ground
neilcampbell.org.uk
Neil Campbell is performing a solo show on Saturday 21st May 2016. Details on facebook.

Hosted by: Stuart Todd (Three Minute Hero)
threeminutehero.com

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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 22nd April 2016

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:07
 Liverpool Acoustic Live - Friday 22nd April 2016 North Dakotan songsmith Josh Harty brings his UK and Ireland tour to Liverpool next Friday

On Friday 22nd April 2016 Liverpool Acoustic welcome back to the View Two Gallery acclaimed American singer-songwriter Josh Harty as part of his UK and Ireland tour. Harty is appearing at the Mathew Street venue following the release of his new album Holding On, described as ‘an album of soul touching songs… a profound mix of complete storytelling and accomplished musicianship ‘ [Folkwords] and ‘a consistently solid slice of American folk-country’ [The Daily Telegraph].

Josh is supported on the night by popular, award-winning Americana band The Good Intentions and local 18 year old singer Sam Cooke.

  • Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live, with Josh Harty, The Good Intentions, Sam Cooke
  • Date: Friday 22nd April 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 146

To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 146 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. Josh Harty – English Rain
joshharty.com
Taken from the new album Holding On available from Josh’s website

2. The Good Intentions  – I Lay Me Down
thegoodintentions.co.uk
Taken from forthcoming new album being released Autumn 2016

3. Sam Cooke – Familiar Air (demo)
facebook.com/samcookeuk

BONUS TRACKS

4. Only Child – Accidental Englishman
onlychildmusicuk.wordpress.com
Taken from the forthcoming new album The Whale Found Its Way To The Shore
The album is being launched on Friday 6th May at the Music Room (Liverpool Phil) with support from Dominic Dunn and Vanessa Murray. Full details plus ticket link can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/events

5. Gary Edward Jones – Bang Bang
garyedwardjones.com
The single is being launched on Thursday 28th April 2016 at Constellations, with support from Eleanor Nelly and a DJ set from Da Moon Project.

6. Sam Cartwright Johnson – About A Friend
samcartwrightjohnson.officialstore.co.uk

 

7. Josh Harty – Ballad For A Friend
joshharty.com
Taken from the new album Holding On available from Josh’s website

 

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

 

ARTIST INFORMATION

 

JOSH HARTY
joshharty.com

Josh Harty is a messenger. A North Dakota songsmith.  A third generation musician, son of a small town police chief and preacher, he often muses that growing up he figured he’d end up going to jail or going to hell.Between the ages of five and eleven he sang gospel and country with his father at just about every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club and Senior Center in the Midwest. By age twelve Harty had made two records (cassettes) with his dad; achieving sales of 10,000 copies.His second solo project, 2008’s A Long List of Lies debuted at number eight on the Euro Americana chart. Produced, recorded and mastered in Madison, Wisconsin’s legendary Smart Studios, the album captures Harty’s clean guitar attack and a finger style that glistens with a razor’s edge.

In 2011 Harty released Nowhere, which was recorded at Base Camp Studios in Bozeman, Montana by acclaimed performer, producer and engineer Chris Cunningham (Storyhill).

2014 saw the release of two duo albums Harty recorded between 2012 and 2013. 12 August with fellow Americana artist John Statz and The Attic Session with long time collaborator Blake Thomas.

Over the last five years Harty has toured tirelessly in 41 States and countries across Europe and the United Kingdom. He demoed songs for his new album with George Lukas in Brno, Czech Republic (released as a download via NoiseTrade as The Brno Sessions), in New York City, and in Gleisdorf, Austria with Chuck LeMonds.

His new album, Holding On, was recorded at DNA Music Labs in Madison, WI and was produced by Blake Thomas and Mark Whitcomb. The album features songs written on the road over the last two and a half years performed by a full band.

Having the base tracks performed live in the studio, the album captures the feel and energy of a true Americana band.

Josh Harty’s unique blend of American music has become a must-hear for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. The touring bug has never left him as he continuously travels across Europe and North America. More than just moving along, he’s spending plenty of time in the communities along the way, from Brooklyn to Haarlem, from London to Portland. Harty is always looking for that balance between the rolling road and the people who inspire him, trading stories around kitchen tables and theatre stages. His live shows prove that good storytelling combined with journeyman musicianship is as American as music gets.

THE GOOD INTENTIONS
thegoodintentions.co.uk

Formed in 2005, The Good Intentions (R Peter Davies, Gabrielle Monk, Francesco Roskell) won Best Americana Band at the British Country Music Awards in 2011. Their album Travelling Companion won plaudits across the UK and around the world, Nashville Radio declaring it to be ‘the real deal’.

The Good Intentions recorded Travelling Companion and upcoming new album partly in California with renowned musician and producer Rick Shea. The new album, dedicated to the memory of Francesco ‘Frank’ Roskell who sadly passed away at the end of 2015, is due for release in September.

SAM COOKE
facebook.com/samcookeuk

Sam Cooke is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool. Having only started gigging a little over a year ago, he has already established himself as one to watch on the Liverpool scene. Channeling the spirits of the likes of Nick Drake and John Martyn but adding a fresh. modern approach makes him someone to look out for in future. Watch this space…

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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 22nd April 2016

 

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