Did you know that Guinness is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year? Well if you’d read October’s newsletter you would. What you wouldn’t know, however, is that this is the 200th Liverpool Acoustic News and Reviews blog post since we started back in April 2008, so we’ve got together with Guinness (not officially, you understand) to mark this double celebration.
And we thought we’d celebrate the occasion by telling you all about this year’s Liverpool Irish Festival!
The festival runs from today, Friday 16th October, to Sunday 1st November.
This year’s festival is as broad as ever, with heritage walks, photography, a book launch, a ceili, Gaelic Football matches, drama, cinema, and lots and lots of music.
And as far as the music goes, there are free concerts, ticketed concerts, and traditional music sessions in venues across the city and beyond – far too many to list here. Several of the music sessions have an entry charge (notably those at The Casa and in The Rodewald Suite at the Phil) which is to cover PA costs and also because these are ‘super sessions’ where the musicians leading the event will also get up and do some numbers on stage. However (and here’s the good news!) the festival organisers want to support our local musicians so if you turn up with an instrument you will get in for free!
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.