Ahead of Thursday’s monthly newsletter, here is Liverpool Acoustic’s pick of December’s acoustic gigs – think of it as an early Christmas pressie from us to you!
Friday 2nd December – An evening of gypsy jazz
10.00pm @ The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street
This is a ‘not to be missed’ gig for lovers of the gypsy jazz style of music. Paris-based violinist Daniel John Martin and Liverpool/London-based guitar virtuoso John Wheatcroft will be performing together for the very first time, along with Micky Dunne on rhythm guitar and ‘Count’ John McCormick on double bass. Tickets are only £5 in advance, and £6 on the door. Doors open at 9.00pm and tickets can be bought from the venue 0151 703 0000 thelanterntheatre.co.uk
Saturday 3rd December – Bird ‘Phantoms EP’ launch
7.00pm @ Eric’s
Bird are celebrating the launch of their first EP ‘Phantoms’ on Jack to Phono Records with a magical, festive and cosy evening of music at the newly re-opened Eric’s on Mathew Street. Support is from The Sundowners, The Edwardian Picnic, and The Fifth Movement. Tickets are £6 from seetickets.com and the facebook event is here.
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STOP PRESS – We like Bird so much we’ve booked them for a Liverpool Acoustic eXtra gig on Friday 9th March 2012. More information here.
Sunday 4th December – Mellowtone at the Winter Arts Market
12.00pm to 4.00pm @ The Court Room, St George’s Hall
In the Crown Court! Yes, really! Artists will be performing from the judges’ seat in St George’s Hall’s court room. Take a break from the Winter Arts Market’s dazzling array of stalls and enjoy music from Mike Badger, Nick Ellis, Laura James, and Mark Delaney. Free entry all afternoon.
Sunday 4th December – Stephen Fretwell
7.00pm @ The Kazimier*
Manchester’s ever-popular Stephen Fretwell plays an intimate show at The Masque, in the Ink room. Obviously, this means there are very limited tickets, and they’re flying out quick! Don’t miss the chance to see Stephen up close and personal. Support is from Thomas J Speight, and Nick Ellis. Tickets £10 from ticketweb.
*STOP PRESS – with the closure of The Masque this event has been moved to The Kazimier. All tickets previously bought will be valid for the new venue.
Monday 5th December – The Woodwards & Lucky Fonz III
8.00pm @ Mello Mello
Touring the UK from their home in Amsterdam, The Woodwards bring their lush, harmonised vocals and folk-noir sound to Liverpool to promote their two new EPs. Also performing is fellow Lowlander Lucky Fonz II with his quirky yet engaging songs which have gained him a dedicated following on Amsterdam’s underground music scene. And the great thing is this gig is FREE!!! thewoodwards.nl
Tuesday 6th December – Chris Difford
7.30pm @ The Brink
The double Ivor Novellow winning Chris Difford is coming to The Brink on Parr Street for an intimate gig in a great new venue. A member of Squeeze (with Glenn Tilbrook) Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time, such as Up The Junction, Labeled With Love, and Cool For Cats. More recently he’s co-written a song on the new album by Ollie Murs, and skills as a songwriter and performer are in high demand. Tickets are £12 and can be bought from the venue on 0151 703 0582.
Friday 9th December – Liverpool Acoustic’s Christmas Party
8.00pm @ The View Two Gallery
Our last event of the year sees music from Sonnenberg, Alex Hulme, and visiting from London, via Australia and India we’ve got travelling duo Farrago. We’ll be giving you full details next week, but in case you can’t wait you can find them here along with the audio show with tracks from each of the main acts.
Sunday 11th December – Anthony John Clarke
8.30pm @ Folk at the Manor
This regular folk club at the Old Manor Club on Withens Lane in Wallasey plays host to local favourite Anthony John Clarke – the Man With The Red Guitar. Entry is £5 on the door.
Thursday 15th December – The Grande Kazimier Christmas Show
8.00pm @ The Kazimier
A fantastic night of live music awaits, with The Grande, The Hummingbirds, Ratty Little Fingers, Luke Fenlon, The Sundowners, The Sixteen Tonnes, and Height. £6 entry. Facebook event here.
Friday 16th December – Neil Campbell’s The Bulbs
8.00pm @ The View Two Gallery
For those of you who missed The Bulbs’ first outing, here’s another chance to see them, this time at one of Liverpool’s best, intimate acoustic venues – The View Two Gallery. The Bulbs are Joey Zeb on drums, Andy Maslivec on bass, Neil Campbell on guitar, and Marty Snape on electronics. Together they marry adventurous music-making with information and sound samples. Entry is £6 on the door, and the facebook event is here.
Saturday 17th December – The Songbook Sessions
8.00pm @ The Zanzibar
The last Songbook Sessions of the year sees sets from Ste Williams, Ratty Little Fingers, Springtime Anchorage, Secret Garden Gathering, Joe Symes, and The Romleys. Doors 8pm and £5 in.
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