Given that Liverpool is such a musical city, it’s somewhat surprising that blues music doesn’t have more of a higher profile. Having said that, we do have some great homegrown blues talent (wasn’t September’s Liverpool Acoustic Live fantastic?) and we attract some of the best blues stars from around the world, with the regular blues events out there have an appreciative and loyal following.
One such event is coming up on Thursday 28th October when Toby Walker will be playing Liverpool Marina, in what promises to be a fantastic gig.
‘Little’ Toby Walker was born in New York and now lives in Long Island. A winner of the prestigious Memphis International Blues Challenge Award, he has a widely acclaimed reputation as an exceptionally gifted, finger-picking blues guitarist and singer, having shared the bill with the likes of Bo Didley, Johnny Winter, Eric Bibb, The Kingston Trio, JJ Cale, and Pete Seeger. Like all great acoustic blues artistes, Toby is also a skilled storyteller, painting vivid pictures of his travels to the blues heartlands in the USA where he learned his trade at the feet of many old time blues musicians.
Toby must really like Liverpool, and Liverpool must really like Toby, because this will be his fourth visit to Liverpool Marina – a sure sign of something good. Check out Toby’s website for links to his music and videos – littletobywalker.com
The gig is on Thursday 28th October, with the doors opening at 8pm and the show starting at 8.45pm. Tickets are £11 in advance from johnswelsh[at]hotmail.com or 0151 428 2855, and £12 on the door.
Liverpool Marina is on Coburg Wharf, off Sefton Street, Liverpool L3 4BP
And when you have time you might want to check out the Blues in the North West website – a fantastic online resource for anyone interested in blues music of all varieties across the region – bluesinthenorthwest.com
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.