Ahead of the opening Grateful Fred gig, Liverpool Acoustic caught up with one of the organisers Colin Maddocks and asked him a few easy questions.
Liverpool Acoustic: Where did the idea for Grateful Fred come from?
Colin: Grateful Fred came about after I hosted a house concert at my home for my birthday and was then offered a great bunch of musicians from Nashville who were touring. However I didn’t think I could comfortably get 20+ people into our house plus 2 or 3 musicians! I love acoustic and Americana music so I really thought it would be a great, fun thing to do.
Liverpool Acoustic: How did you find the venue?
Colin:I asked a friend of mine who I played in bands with for many years if he could think of anywhere suitable for an acoustic, roots night and we found the Freshfield Hotel in Formby, our village, near Liverpool. Great room and famous for great, real ales.
Liverpool Acoustic: So what’s with the name?
Colin: I thought it a good idea to give the nights a “brand” that would be independent of the venue in case we ever had to move and came up with “Grateful Fred” simply because I love the psychadelic style of the Haight-Ashbury, Grateful Dead scene. I’m not a massive Grateful Dead fan as it must appear, but that’s how I came to design the site and posters like a 60’s poster.
Liverpool Acoustic: What are your plans for Grateful Fred’s?
Colin: We’ve started with three nights before Christmas and then we hope to line up some great visiting artists through 2011. We’ll be opening the nights as Palomino, and we’ve got Drew Nelson from Michigan on 17th September, Ashleigh Flynn from Oregon on 7th October, and Andy White from Australia on 7th November.
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.