Radical Liverpool is a brand new monthly event which is born out of the City of Radicals celebration. It takes place on the second Saturday of each month at Parr Street Studio 2, and each month features a headline act, support act, and the house band Our Morals.
Kicking things off on Saturday 10th September will be Roy Bailey, with support from The Trestles.
Advance tickets are available from the link on the website radicalliverpool.com Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 10pm. The music will continue after this time with free entry to the venue.
Roy Bailey (photo by Edward McNally)
For over 50 years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk and Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers.
From performing with Billy Bragg in front of 100,000 people at Hyde Park – to the more intimate setting of the Liverpool Philharmonic for nights of words and music alongside his great friend, Tony Benn, Roy Bailey has seen it all.
And sang about it too.
“I like coming to Liverpool,” he says. “I always try to entertain people and use humour a lot in the songs – Liverpool people enjoy that and I love to tell stories about the world we live in. That’s got a lot to do with why I enjoy my performances there.”
More recently, the man who returned his MBE in protest at the Government’s Foreign Policy, has played in the city as part of the Working Class Life & Music Festival and the Woody Guthrie Folk Club – both organised by Liverpool folk-hero Alun Parry.
“A lot of people do what I do and Alun Parry is one of them. So are performers like Rob Johnson and Leon Rosselson. People call what we sing about ‘social commentary’ but my repertoire is a reflection of who I am and I like to wear my politics on my sleeve.”
It might surprise people to learn that Bailey has also released three children’s albums in amongst his back catalogue – but the man Tony Benn described as “the greatest socialist folksinger of his generation…” has many strings to his bow.
“I made the children’s records with my family in mind and I really enjoyed doing them… but that’s it for those records now! If any future grandchildren want an album they’ll have to look elsewhere,” he laughs.
Bailey is coming to town for a brand new event hosted by Radical Liverpool. They will be hosting gigs at Studio 2, Parr Street on the second Saturday of each month.
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.