There’s just so much going on this month that it’s impossible to fit it all into one newsletter. So, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest gig details you should check out the diary page on a regular basis, and sign up to receive the News and Reviews blog by email (details on the Liverpool Acoustic front page).
In the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight for October 2008 are Thomas-Joseph & Murphy. T-J&M; are a local duo who play sweet acoustic harmonies and are making new fans everywhere they play.Visit the Spotlight page to hear more about them and listen to the audio show. If you’re a musician and you’d like to take your place in the Spotlight then let us know and we’ll add you to the waiting list.
October’s diary is crammed full of acoustic goodies, and if you’re a fan of traditional Irish music then we’ve got extra treats for you. The Liverpool Irish Festival runs from 17th October to 2nd November and celebrates the links between Liverpool and Ireland. The festival covers plays, talks, art exhibitions, literature, history, and, of course, lots of music. And don’t think it’s all the traditional stuff either, because there’s a fair helping of contemporary Irish music too.
Just as the Liverpool Irish Festival is drawing to a close Liverpool Music Week kicks off. This event has gone from strength to strength in recent years and includes music of all varieties.
If you’re a musician and you’d like to add your local acoustic gigs to the diary then drop us an email or use the contact page on the main website. However, make sure you give us all the details we need – we can’t put an event into the diary if we’ve got a start time but no finishing time!
Here are just some of the highlights for October:-
Wednesday 1st – Rob Clarke has a brand new CD called Long Way North. It’s available to buy from his website using PayPal www.myspace.com/robclarkeunplugged and was reviewed last month on the Liverpool Acoustic News and Reviews page.
Friday 3rd – Celtic Folk Roots: Battle Of The Bands (Heat 1) – This event takes place at The Pilgrim and is sure to be one of the highlights of the Liverpool Irish Festival. Heat 1 is tonight, followed on consecutive Fridays by Heats 2 & 3, and the Final on 24th. Full details from www.liverpoolirishfestival.com
Saturday 11th – Haunted House Acoustic returns to The Picket with a line up of Richard Batty, Cedar Falls, The Man From Michael, Jessicas Ghost, and The Silk Pigs. Details from www.myspace.com/hauntedhouseliverpool
Saturday 11th – The Family Folk-up’s first birthday bash takes place at its regular venue of St Bride’s Church. www.myspace.com/therandomfamily1
Friday 17th – The Liverpool Irish Festival officially kicks off with traditional sessions at Peter Kavanagh’s and The Blackburne Arms where you can either go along to listen or can join in if the mood takes you. www.liverpoolirishfestival.com
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th – Christy Moore returns to Liverpool to play two gigs at the Philharmonic Hall. They are sure to be sell outs, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet then you know what to do… www.liverpoolphil.com
Sunday 19th – Two Liverpool Irish Festival events take place at The Casa today. The Sunday afternoon session is followed by Youth of the North. Two great events back to back, and kids are welcome too. www.liverpoolirishfestival.com
Tuesday 21st – Ragz launches her autumn tour with a gig at Korova. Also playing is Jeff Jepson and other guests to be announced. myspace.com/ragzmusic
Thursday 23rd – Seth Lakeman plays the Carling Academy.
Friday 24th – Celtic Folk Roots: Battle of the Bands Final. At the Pilgrim. Not to be missed!
Saturday 25th – The Family Folk-up All Star Concert is part of the Liverpool Irish Festival and features some of Ireland’s best contemporary musicians, plus the winners of the Battle of the Bands final.
Sunday 26th – The Liverpool Irish Family Concert takes place this afternoon at The Phil and is hosted by Geoff Hughes (TV’s Twiggy, Onslow & Eddie Yates). Another event for all the family.
Thursday 30th – Liverpool Music Week kicks off. Woo hoo!
Friday 31st – Irish music star Damien Dempsey appears at The Picket tonight.
You can find out more information about any of the above by clicking on the name of the event in the Liverpool Acoustic Diary.
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Thank you to Rob Clarke for submitting his CD to be reviewed. If you’re a local musician and you’d like your latest album to be reviewed then drop us a line. But be warned, the reviewer can only ever be honest when giving their opinions!
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