The start of November finds the Liverpool Irish Festival drawing to a close, Liverpool Music Week well under way and the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain getting ready to start . Gosh, it’s like one big Festival-fest, isn’t it?
With so much going on the best way to keep up to date with all the latest acoustic gig details is to visit 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 November 2008 is Avant Gardner. The Spotlight is an audio show and blog which showcases a local acoustic musician or band. You can listen to the show on the Liverpool Acoustic homepage, but if you want to read all about Avant Gardner, and catch up on previous shows, then you should visit the Spotlight page.
Our (metaphorical) spring of (actual) artists wanting to take part in the Spotlight has all but (metaphorically) run dry, so if you’d like to top it up (another metaphor) then let us know. Three of the artists who originally asked to take part in the spotlight feature have failed to respond to requests for content, so who’s going to fill their shoes? [“OK, enough metaphors, already!” Ed.]
November’s diary is dominated by the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain which is hosted by our friends over in Wirral. There’s lots of variety on offer from jazz and classical, to blues and pop. And not surprisingly for a guitar festival there’s a good swadge (is that even a real word?) of acoustic music to keep us going through to the end of the month.
From the start of the month Liverpool Music Week is well under way and is packed full of acoustic goodies too.
Here are just a *small selection* of the highlights for November:-
Saturday 1st – Howard Elliot Payne @ The Zanzibar – part of Liverpool Music Week liverpoolmusicweek.com
Sunday 2nd – Liverpool Irish Festival closing event @ The Silvestrian Centre – liverpoolirishfestival.com
Friday 7th – Eric Lugosch @ Birkenhead Town Hall – Eric is one of the finest guitarists currently playing. His fusion of technique and feeling produces a warmth and flow in his concerts that is totally bewitching. www.ericlugosch.com – International Guitar Festival of Great Britain bestguitarfest.com
Friday 7th – Ragz @ View Two – Ragz returns to Liverpool tonight as part of her autumn tour, with The B of the Bang, Will McNicol, and Jack Roberts, in association with Mellowtone myspace.com/mellowtonenight
Sunday 9th – Stanley Yates recital @ Williamson Art Gallery – British-born guitar virtuoso Stanley Yates has been delighting audiences for two decades with his unique blend of eclectic programming and refined, expressive musicianship. International Guitar Festival of Great Britain bestguitarfest.com
Thursday 13th & Saturday 15th – Jessicas Ghost @ Prescott Beer Festival. Great beer and great music! Need we say more? www.rainhillrc.freeserve.co.uk/bierfest08.htm
Thursday 20th – Peter Price @ Birkenhead Priory – Virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist Peter Price has delighted audiences at concerts and festivals throughout the world. His repertoire covers traditional Blues, Celtic, and Brazilian music. A gifted performer, whose superb guitar skills and rich, powerful vocals guarantee an evening not to be missed. – International Guitar Festival of Great Britain bestguitarfest.com
Thursday 20th – Kaya album launch @ Novas CUC – Kaya launches her new album Balloon In A Cactus Field at the opening event for Nice08, the first Nordic art and culture festival in the north west. Lots more happening too so get down for a great night. Nice08
Saturday 22nd – Caroline England @ The Zanzibar – This will be the last gig Caroline plays in Liverpool for a long time as she is taking a year off after the New Year. The night will be acoustic guitar based with Caroline and other songwriters playing all original music.
Monday 24th – Steve Tilston @ Folk at the Prospect – Guest night features legendary Liverpool folksmith Steve Tilston. Get there if you can! www.folkattheprospect.co.uk
Saturday 29th – Stephen Langstaff @ Liverpool Carling Academy – with Kaya and Mann Friday. www.liverpool-academy.co.uk/listings.php
You can find out more information about any of the above (and those we couldn’t squeeze in) by clicking on the name of the event in the Liverpool Acoustic Diary
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