It’s October, which means it’s time to paint the town green as we welcome back the Liverpool Irish Festival. In addition to the normal mix of music, history, sport, and culture, Liverpool Acoustic will be helping things along with our own contribution – see below for more details.
Taking place throughout October is Liverpool’s first Oxjam Takeover, with the main events happening on or around 9th October. £5 wristbands can be bought from here and will get you into all of the venues taking part, with all of the money raised going to the fantastic work of Oxfam overseas. Check out oxfam.org.uk/oxjam for more details.
Also taking place this month is the launch of the new album by Marc Vormawah and the L8 Connection – details in the diary. And if all that wasn’t enough, 29th October is the start of Liverpool Music Week 2010 which runs until 25th November. What a long week!
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE
This month’s Liverpool Acoustic Live takes place on Friday 29th October at the View Two Gallery, and brings you four of the best contemporary singer-songwriters the Emerald Isle has to offer.
Dubliner Celine Carroll delivers live performances of groove, dynamics, passionate lyrics and melody-driven songs. Her music has been described from soft-jazz to damn fine acoustic soul, with shades of Burt Bacharach, Carole King and Paul McCartney. Listen out for her live on Billy Butler’s programme on BBC Radio Merseyside on Thursday 28th October, between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.
Also playing on the night will be LIPA graduate Ronan Boyle (Warrenpoint, Co. Down), Gary Maginnis (Islandmoyle), and Dave O’Grady (Kildare)
Entry on the door will be £5, but you’ll save money by ordering tickets in advance for £4 from wegottickets.com
Doors open at 8.00pm with music starting at 8.30pm. The night finishes at 11.15pm.
DIARY NEWS Yay! We’ve had a flood of emails telling us about some open mic nights that have managed to bypass the diary for far too long.
You say goodbye…
Game@Aruma on Wednesdays and Fridays is taking a break for a while.
And I say hello…
Taking Game’s place at Aruma is P’chenga Open Mic, every Thursday from 8.30pm to 12.00am. More details on Facebook here.
Tony Mac & Jay Dee’s open mic is every Tuesday night at The Blackburne Arms on Catharine Street from 9.00pm
The Buffalo Riot’s open mic is every Wednesday night at Hannah’s Bar on Leece Street from 9.00pm
Col and Fieldy’s long running open mic is every Thursday at The Jacaranda on Slater Street from 10.00pm
Johnny’s Blues Club has been running for five years, and has just started a website www.johnnysbluesclub.co.uk – if you head over there you’ll find the details for each new gig as it comes along.
OCTOBER DIARY SELECTION BOX
Here’s a selection of acoustic events taking place in October. Click on the event in the diary for full details and links.
Saturday 2nd – Lost At Sea Record’s Acoustic Afternoon @ Mello Mello. Lots of performers between 2pm and 6.30pm. Details on facebook here.
Friday 8th – The Folk Upstairs @ The Zanzibar – Rob Clarke, Wanda Loraine Kent, Evil Piccolo, and Chris Selman, with poetry from Chris Coey, Ian Nenna, Stella Jones and Jason Thomas Richardson. 7.30pm ’till late, and £4 entry.
Friday 8th – Oxjam @ The Casa (see the diary)
Saturday 9th – Oxjam @ Hannah’s Bar (see the diary)
Saturday 9th – The Prelude @ The Zanzibar – their first show since disbanding in 2008. A one-off event not to be missed. Doors 8pm, tickets £6.
Friday 22nd – Irish Sea Sessions @ The Philharmonic Hall– featuring Bernard O’Neill, Terry Coyne, Ian Prowse, Becky Taylor, Carlene Anglim, Colette O’Leary, Eimear McGeown, Niamh Parsons, Graham Dunne, Gino Lupari, Dave Munnelly, Damien Dempsey, Alan Burke, and Lizzie Nunnery. Tickets £15 & £20 – 7.30pm start.
Friday 29th – Liverpool Acoustic Live @ The View Two Gallery, 8pm doors, 8.30pm music. £4 in advance, £5 on the door. liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
AND FINALLY… Thanks to everyone who entered the Mellowtone competition to win tickets to their Canadian Blast gig at The Shipping Forecast last month. The winner was John Caroll, and the answer to the question “Which province are The Wilderness of Manitoba from?” is Ontario. Nice to see it didn’t trick most of the people who entered! We certainly hope to bring you more competitions in future.
A huge ‘thank you’ to the guys over at Cavern City Tours for stepping in at the last minute and loaning our Swedish visitors a set of drums for the Liverpool Acoustic Live gig last month. Thanks also to BBC Radio Merseyside’s A Team for getting the word out, and to all those others who also offered drums. We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who responded.
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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.