It’s the first post-Capital of Culture month but here at Liverpool Acoustic we’re not looking back with misty eyed nostalgia. No, Siree! We’re looking forward to another month of great acoustic music events, with Liverpool’s acoustic music scene going from strength to strength.
In the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight for January 2009 is Bobhowla. Known to his friends as Howard Doupe, Bobhowla creates a wide range of musical styles from his base in Southport.
Following on from his successful debut CD 14 Track Demo Bobhowla is launching a brand new album in January entitled ‘It’s All In The Letter That Broke You Down’ You can listen to the show on the Liverpool Acoustic homepage, but if you want to read the shownotes, and catch up on previous shows, then you should visit the Spotlight page.
January’s diary has a few of our regular events missing – possibly due to the post-festive malaise. However, there’s still plenty to keep us going, including a brand new weekly event called Acoustic Mafia.
The January 2009 highlights are:-
Sunday 4th – There are two new residencies taking place every Sunday. They’ve already been mentioned on the New and Reviews blog but it’s worth mentioning again. The first is Nouveau Django at The Mocha Lounge (from 1.30pm) and the second is Karl Lund at Hannah’s Bar (from 11.00pm). Full details are in the diary entries for each event.
Monday 5th – Come Strut Your Stuff kicks off the new year with an evening of poetry and acoustic music in the surroundings of the wonderful Egg Cafe on Newington. It’s hosted as always by Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland, alongside this month’s special guest co-host Ben Coyle. The event is free, and starts at 8pm – although if you want to perform then be there before 7.45 to get your name on the list.
Tuesday 6th – Acoustic Mafia (NEW EVENT) – Hosted by Dave O’Grady, this acoustic event takes place at Chameleon Bar on Fleet Street (behind FACT). You’ll find it every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 11.30pm showcasing some of the best acoustic music on the local scene. It’s not an open mic, although if you want to take part then drop in and have a word with Dave.
Thursday 8th – Kaya is back hosting her monthly Acoustica event at 3345 Parr Street.
Saturday 10th – Mellowtone @ The Tate – This is part of the Festival of Collaboration, an ‘indoor festival’ to coincide with the end of Capital of Culture celebrations. The festival brings together various artistic groups working together to create performances, live music and art. The evening culminates with a concert featuring Mellowtone, Wolstenholme Projects, Beaten Tracks, and Another Media.
Thursday 15th – This date sees the return of the Jazz & Acoustic Jam at Brew Tea Bar. It’s different in so far as it runs from 5pm to 8pm and features acoustic jazz of all flavours. It’s hoped that this will become a regular event, and we’ll let you know once we know.
Thursday 22nd – Letters in Red present Homegrown as part of the 3345 Thursday event in the Parr Street venue. This is another showcase of local musical talent hosted by the award-winning Liverpool group.
Saturday 24th – Bobhowla launches his new album ‘It’s all in the Letter That Broke you Down’ at the Latin Lounge in Southport. Full details in the diary, and catch this month’s Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight where you can hear two tracks from each of his two albums.
Thursday 29th – Canned Panther Presents more music from the Liverpool-based label’s stable of talent. This is another welcome addition to the 3345 Thursday event rota.
Saturday 31st – John Smith’s Mini Meltdown takes place at The Bluecoat, and promises to be a special night. More details closer to the time, although we’d recommend getting your tickets now if you’re interested in going as they’re sure to sell out fast.
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
Satori & Song and Acoustic Bliss are still on hold for the time being, and there’s still no news of the Culture Cafe or the Family Folk-up restarting. We’ll bring you updates on all of these events once we’ve got them.
Thankfully, the new Liverpool Acoustic guestbook has remained spam-free. We’ve moved all of the old entries to the new system (which is why they all share the same date!) and you’re more than welcome to let us know how much you appreciate the website by leaving your own comment.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Liverpool Acousic during 2008.
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.