The Family Folk-Up presents…. is a monthly music event showcasing some of the best folk and acoustic acts around. Taking place in the cultural hub of St Bride’s Church on Catherine Street each event is hosted by, and features music from, The Random Family.
The next event is Friday 20th June at St Brides Church, Catherine Street, Liverpool [map]
Tickets cost £13 and are on sale now from Probe Records, Slater Street, Liverpool – or from
At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008 Martin Simpson won Best Album for Prodigal Son and Best Original Song for Never Any Good, and Andy Cutting won Best Musician.
MARTIN SIMPSON is one of the finest acoustic finger-style and slide guitar players in the world. Winner of 5 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including this year’s Best Album and Best Original Song Awards, an Indie Award for his album Cool & Unusual, and the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ards Guitar Festival, he is also a superb interpreter of traditional music and song from Europe and from the American South. Both spell-binding, and highly entertaining, he is a master of his craft.
ANDY CUTTING, was voted Musician of the Year at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – a fantastic achievent and really exciting news! Andy is one of the most in-demand English musicians working today. A top English folk musician and composer who plays diatonic button accordion and has had instruments made by Castagnari to his own specification. The diatonic button accordion is transformed into a modern, emotionally-rich, instrument by Andy Cutting. Although rooted in traditional music, Andy has brought a fresh approach to the traditions. fROOTS praised Andy for his “pure, wholesome, wondrous, playing”.
NULA MATHERS is a singer, harpist and flautist based in the North West. Nula is now enjoying a busy freelance career having recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. A highly accomplished musician and experienced performer, Nula has won many awards and performed in some of the country’s finest concert halls. Her repertoire embraces a broad range of genres, extending from art music and folk, to classical music and opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop.
THE RANDOM FAMILY are a small collective of multi-instrumentalists based in Liverpool who combine acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, double bass, flute and clarinet, alongside stunning 3 and 4 part harmonies to create an acoustic folk sound which is simultaneously traditional and contemporary. Led by a core 4 piece band, the key family members are also regularly joined on stage by members of their extended family who add trumpet, violin, cello, trombone and percussion to the ensemble, resulting in an even more striking stage presence and contributing a further level of depth to the arrangement.
Having accidentally found each other whilst aimlessly wandering in around Liverpool’s flourishing acoustic live music scene, The Random Family have spent the past year busily writing, gigging all over the country, recording with a variety of producers and and have just released their second E.P.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.