Here’s out latest News Blast, and we’re on Cloud #9 with this one, jam-packed as it is with lots of snippets of news, and opportunities for musicians and music fans alike.
FIRST PAST THE POST – This weekend from Friday 9th to Sunday 10th July sees the new Wirral Festival of Firsts taking place in Hoylake. In addition to the art, poetry, flower displays and theatre there’s also plenty of acoustic music curated by Hoylake’s own Caroline England. All of the acoustic events are in the Liverpool Acoustic diary so why not check them out? festivaloffirsts.co.uk
LIVE FROM FORMBY IT’S FORMBY LIVE – We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the likes of Liverpool Sound City or the Mathew Street Festival, but you can’t beat those small, locally organised festivals like Formby Live. It takes place from Friday 9th to Sunday 10th July at various venues around Formby, with a main stage at Formby Pool. Check out who’s playing where on the website formbylive.co.uk
WE HAVE LIFT-OFF – The first in a spate of new music launches takes place on Saturday 16th July at The Zanzibar. T-J & Murphy will be smashing a bottle of Bud against the hull of their new album, Hurricanes, and watching as it sets sail on its maiden voyage around the world. You can get tickets direct from the band or £5 on the door of The Zanzibar on the night, if there are any left! 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.
SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER – The second music launch on the Liverpool Acoustic radar is Matt Swift‘s EP launch on Wednesday 20th July at MelloMello on Slater Street. Aptly called Lesson Over the night sees contributions from Rachael Dunn, Karl McCann, Anne-Marie Howard, Peter Cunningham, and Jo Bywater. Tickets are £4 on the door with proceeds going to the National Autistic Society.
HOW TICKLED WE ARE – If you’ve wandered into Liverpool ONE recently you couldn’t have failed to notice a number of pianos appearing around the place. They are part of the Tickle the Ivories event and the organisers would like you to take part. To book a one hour time slot at one of the pianos all you have to do is contact the organisers via their website at tickletheivories.org – apart from being great fun, it’s also an ideal opportunity for bands that normally use keyboards to promote their music, give out flyers, sell tickets to their next gig, and maybe even flog a few CDs along the way.
STEPHEN LANGSTUFF – Stephen Langstaff yesterday announced a Liverpool show as part of a September tour of the UK. It’s taking place at the O2 Academy on Friday 30th September and you can get advance tickets from the O2 site here for only £8. Alternatively you can get them direct from Stephen without the booking fee charges – what a generous guy he is!
JOIN JOEY’S BAND – Joey is a singer from Wirral looking for an acoustic guitarist who’s looking to start a band. Influences include Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, Damien Rice, and John Legend. If you’re interested get in touch here where you can also follow links to him singing.
PERFECT MATCH – Singer/songwriter from Liverpool seeks guitarist/pianist to make sweet music together at gigs and open mic nights. Reply here.
THREE + TWO + YOU? – Would you like to join a three piece acoustic group (2 guitars, 1 violin) and help them fill out their sound? Ideally they’re looking to add a couple more members with accordion, mandolin, percussion or even just vocals. If you’re interested, and can join their Tuesday night rehearsals, then get in touch with Paul here.
BARCELONA, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HORIZON – Ah, but that’s enough of Freddie Mercury, Liverpool’s very own Barcelona is looking for acoustic acts to star in its showcase Barcelona Bar Acoustic nights on Tuesdays. If you’re interested then drop Andy Stocker an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be featuring a review of this event and the Thursday open mic next week.
BUMPER TO BUMPER – No that’s not the M62 during rush hour, but the call for acoustic acts to take part in a music festival in August at Bumper on Hardman Street. If you’d like to put your name forward or just find out more information email email@example.com
EVERYMAN FOLKS OFF – The closure of The Everyman Theatre and Bistro has seen a number of regular events looking for new venues. The Everyman Folk Club is taking a short summer break (to go with our short summer?) but will be restarting in a new venue in the middle of August. Once we’ve got the details we’ll let you know.
WHO YOU CALLING A LYRE? – Laura James and The Lyres are touring this month to promote their brand new EP’ The Bed of the Brook’ and will be playing in Liverpool on 2nd August as part of the Out Of The Bedroom event hosted by Johnny Sands at Leaf on Bold Street. This event, as always, is free which leaves you with enough change to buy a copy of the EP!
ABOVE THE BEAT STILL ON-TRACK – Plans are well under way for the Above the Beaten Track festival on Saturday 27th August at The Bluecoat. The main stage headline acts have been announced as Mike Badger and The Shady Trio, and the Loose Moose String Band. Headlining the Liverpool Acoustic stage will be Stuart Anthony’s Long Lost Band, The Orchestra [from Sweden], and Thomas J Speight. You can register your interest on the facebook event page and there’s also a trendy twitter hashtag #atbt2011 alongside the website at abovethebeatentrack.co.uk
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.