Friday 11th July, 2008 at View Two Gallery, Liverpool
I arrived almost breathless to catch a spare seat next to local artist, Tommy Everett, who was fittingly poised with pen and sketchbook in the cube of art-space at the top of the gallery building situated halfway up Mathew Street.
Who’s-who in musical/arty Liverpool acknowledged one another with smiles and nods while fans, friends and family of TJ & Murphy filled the room with excited chatter. Lighting was fixed to ambient for the ever-warm presence of Jeff Jepson (a local solo artist you should know well) who crept above chatter to open musical entertainment with a long set of his original classics. Jeff is a busy music man, well-heeded and respected.
Thomas-Joseph & Murphy, two guitar vocalists serious and unpretentious in demeanour, arrived with simple intent to showcase their album. Song-writing, fine-tuning, rehearsals, collaborations and recordings were celebrated with a professionally packaged CD. Already promoted on local radio and in music store, Zavvi, this evening was to celebrate the process and to indulge a live audience with all tracks featured on their album, including accompaniment with violin and piano from Alison Campbell, and from bass guitar (aforementioned) Jeff Jepson.
Tommy sketched, a young lady took lots of photographs, everyone happily drank, the majority listened intently, and Thomas-Joseph and Murphy sang and played their guitars until the very end. Altogether, it was a successful launch from a highly promising duo.
Leaving with CD in hand, my only thought was: I can’t wait to listen to this at home, tonight, in peace.
Album available now in Zavvi, Clayton Square, Liverpool, CDBABY online from Monday 21st July 2008, or from their manager:
Amanda is an almost unheard of self-published novelist, poet and playwright from Kirkdale, Liverpool. She lives with her almost-teenage daughter and their cat, Rodrick. She is proud to have graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. University taught her many lessons, not least of which, that of how little she knows and will ever learn. Local music and arts reviews are a pleasing diversion from staying home. She doesn't drink alcohol, or smoke, and tries to keep fit at her local gym, pool and sauna. She was told by headache experts to give up cocoa and caffeine about a year ago. It works, she suffers fewer headaches (chocolate is replaced easily with other sweets, and caffeine with decaf). Amanda writes almost daily, her current project concerns editing a second novel, which she completed in 2008. She regularly needs her head testing so pay no mind if she offends you. Her best friends are books.
Favourite idioms include: "Wind your neck in." and "Have a word with yourself."
Recently overheard insult: One boy to another in the changing rooms after a Saturday swim - "Shurrup, you victim!"
Best words of wisdom: "It'll be all right."