Ben Blance is originally from the north east of England but is moving to Liverpool on a full-time basis from this month. He is an exceptional singer-songwriter as anyone who has every seen him play live or has listened to his cds will testify to.
Ben has two solo CDs Ten Butterflies (2003) and Fragile Moon (2007) which are available to buy from his website. He’s due to release a new album of solo material in the autumn, and we’ll let you know once it’s available.
Ben has recently completed an extensive tour of Ireland with the group The Jukebox Gypsy myspace.com/jukeboxgypsymusic and their album of the same name is available to buy via their myspace profile.
Rob Clarke cut his musical teeth as part of the Catacoustic collective, and has developed his own style of playing and songwriting. Rob is equally at home writing songs about his home town of Liverpool and the wider world. He’s got a number of self-produced albums available to buy from his myspace profile, including 2008’s Long Way North (read the Liverpool Acoustic review here). Rob is taking advance orders on his new album Portraits due out this autumn.
The Southbound Attic Band is a duo comprising of songwriter Barry Jones on vocals and guitar, and Ronnie Clark on bass and slide guitar. Together they play an addictive blend of Americana-tinged folk rock based around Barry’s excellent original songs – modern songs with a traditional feel.
The band has a debut EP called Southbound Train, on which they’re joined by piano player Geoff Hall. The EP can be bought from to following places.
Rae Clark is a local singer-songwriter whose musical influences span a wide range of musicians, from Sigur Ross and Pink Floyd, to Fairport Convention and Fleet Foxes. He has an album called Wee Monkey which is currently available to buy from him at his gigs, although it will soon be in shops and online to make it easier to get hold of.
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight #18
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Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.