Lorelei Loveridge is a Canadian artist who lived for 11 years in Saudi Arabia, pre and post 9/11, and loved it. She experienced religious zealots, compound invasions, a terrorist chase, earthquake, tsunami, war in Lebanon, crazy drivers, nutty expats and more and survived to tell the tales in story and song.
Passing through the UK en route to Canada, Loveridge returns to the View Two from another year abroad, this time in Doha, Qatar, with some new and old songs and stories – and a brand spankin’ new penchant for the ukulele. Performing with Loveridge will be her long-time UK bassist Heather Greenbank and darbuka drummer Debbie Busby.
Adam Ritchie, a Crosby born singer-songwriter will amaze you with his mastery of the acoustic guitar. His style is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, R&B; and country, and having played around the country for many years he never leaves an audience member with anything but a smile on their face and a groove in the heart. A must see performer who never disappoints.
Joe Rheadis a songwriter based in Liverpool. His songs are simple yet beautiful but most importantly, from the heart. His debut EP ‘Growing Signs’ was self released at the beginning of the year after impressing audiences supporting the likes folk legends Fairport Convention, Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton.
The ‘Growing Signs’ EP also attracted attention from across the pond, with ‘Sold Down the River’, taken from the recordings featuring in the closing credits of US thriller ‘Dry Run’. This set of songs, which Joe refers to as a ‘family’, only just begins to show the potential of this young songwriter’s talent. ‘I made this record with nothing more than sheer love, heartache and a lack of natural light’, Joe explains when asked about the the EP.
Recorded in isolation in a basement in his hometown, deep within the Staffordshire Moorlands, it’s hard not to hear the honesty of his words and the restrained arrangements of the songs shine through in this heartfelt collection of songs. With plans already set for the recording of his next EP, Joe continues to gig heartily around Liverpool and the rest of the UK, so be sure to keep an eye out for this gifted young songwriter.
The Big I Am are Liverpool duo Colin Heaney and Peter McPartland. These fine musicians have created a glorious blend of acoustic folk-pop. At its core the tenor ukulele and cuatro. Their debut album Collecting Skies, has been released on Folkwit records and has received excellent reviews.
“A stunningly lush album, using an unusual instrumental core of cuatro, piano and ukulele (plucked pizzicato, rather than strummed), augmented by expansive and melodramatic string, brass and woodwind arrangements. All this is hung around actual songs which are uplifting and beautiful. Remember the first time you heard Elbow’s One Day Like This? It’s that good. Don’t let this one get away. If you only listen to one track, start with the title track “Collecting Skies”. What Does It All “Mean”?: It’s life enhancing. It’s like a long hug from your very best friend after a hard day. Goes well with…: Late evening with a bottle of red. Or in a comfortable bed with the speakers up loud and your eyes closed. Might Suit People Who Like…: Elbow. Talk Talk. Arco. Bjork.” Word Magazine
The album Collection Skies can be bought in physical form from www.bigiam.com with digital downloads and physical copies from www.rashrecords.co.uk
TJ & Murphy‘s new album Hurricanes is being launched on Saturday 16th July at The Zanzibar on Seel Street as part of the Songbook Sessions. Tickets are £5 on the door or direct from the band.The boys’ facebook event is here and Liverpool Acoustic will be reviewing the night for the News and Reviews page. This event is part of The Songbook Sessions and features David Harbottle and the Friendly Cats, Al Wycherly, Jude Garvey, Gavin Kaufman, The Ratty Little Fingers, and more.
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight #49 – July 2011
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Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.