Local artist Barry Briercliffe comes alive on his latest EP, which was successfully launched for Liverpool Acoustic Live on Friday 27th August. Despite only being recorded on an eight track machine at his home studio, ‘Alive’ is a polished effort. Briercliffe supplies much of the instrumentation with additional guitar, slide and banjo provided by Scott Poley and Mark Blacoe on bass.
The opening track ‘Hold On’ is driven by an instantly memorable chorus. The influence of David Gray and Damien Rice shines through but with a funkier groove. The title track is another winner and is perhaps the best cut. ‘Alive’ has much to offer on repeated listening; even on the more reflective cuts such as ‘The Real You’. The vocals are always expressive and the arrangements hold together really well.
The EP is available to purchase from Probe Records in the Bluecoat on School Lane and News From Nowhere on Bold Street in Liverpool. Barry Briercliffe has launched a website in conjunction with this release.
Stuart Todd runs and hosts the award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live music events with Graham Holland. Stuart was formally in the group Triad before leaving to do solo work. In recent years he has had a successful partnership with local classical guitarist and composer Neil Campbell with whom he formed the duo Campbell Todd. He has also been in the band The Freebies and involved with a number of creative writing projects. His current band is called Three Minute Hero.