NEWS BLAST #12 is here and contains lots of interesting tidbits for musicians and music lovers alike. Here we go!
Blue in New Brunswick – No, not Brunswick Station on Merseyrail’s Northern Line, this is New Brunswick, Canada. The Canadian province, wants to book an unsigned blues act based in the UK to play at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival taking place in September 2012. Entries are open until 15th December, and there will be four regional heats held in the UK in January. For full details and rules visit tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk
On The Threshold Of Something Big – Last February’s Threshold Festival was a huge success, and next year’s is cited to be even bigger and better. One of the new additions to the programme is the Singer/Songwriter Showcase. Details of how to submit your music can be found on the event page here. Entries close on 1st January, and the winners get to play on the main stage, backed by the festival band. You’ll get an audio and video of the occasion too, so what ya’ waiting for?
Calling All Early Birds – time is running if you want to catch the worm. The worm in question is a Threshold Festival Early Bird weekend ticket which is available for only £14 but only up until the stoke of midnight on Christmas Day. You can buy yours (or ask for it as a Chrissy pressie) from the CUC website. Threshold, Europe’s largest festival under one roof, takes place from 10th to 12th February 2012.
Movement No. 5 – Brushing aside impertinent questions about what happened to the first four movements, the band formally known as the Kevin Critchley Outfit have now relaunched under the name The Fifth Movement and can be found at thefifthmovement.com
Culturepool Closing Down Sale – It’s with regret that we have to inform you, dear reader, that culturepool, Liverpool’s foremost ‘get off your backside and experience culture’ organisation is to finish early next year. Head Honchos Vinny and Luan are moving on to other ventures and will be organising a final, farewell celebration in the new year. We’ll pass on the details when we have them. Thanks for the ride, guys. It’s been a blast!
Blazin’ Discount – One of Scotland’s premier fiddle groups, Blazin’ Fiddles, is playing at The Capstone Theatre on Wednesday 9th November and Liverpool Acoustic followers can get their tickets at the knock-down price of £14 (advertised price is £17.50) To claim the discount quote the code BFG2011 when ordering online or by phone 0151 709 3789
Sefton’s All Write – Sefton Arts is running a writing competition for 2011 creatively called ‘Sefton Writing Competition 2011’. There are two categories, poetry and other writing. The ‘other writing’ includes short texts, stories, essays, dialogues, mini-dramas, monologues and… wait for it… lyrics! There’s a charge of £2 per entry, and the 1st prize in each category is £250. The closing date for entries is 28th November and full details can be found at seftonarts.co.uk
ManGone DoneGood – If you’d not come across it yet, you’d be well advised to check out the new ManGone Music Blog run by Joe ManGone. He’s accepting all and any articles (reviews, previews, features, interviews, opinions) on the Liverpool music scene. Catch it at mangoneblog.tumblr.com
Wrex’em? Nearly Kills ‘Em – There’s a new band out Wrexham way that already has a singer, violin, bass, banjo, and mandolin (plus a guitarist who ‘drops in and out’). They’re looking for a drummer, keyboardist and guitarist (preferably one who pops in and stays in) and would particularly welcome anyone who could contribute to writing original songs. Reply here if you’re interested.
An Amy Rose By Any Other Name – Amy Rose Esdale is a singer-songwriter looking for a guitarist. You can listen to her music here (we were quite impressed!) and reply to her here. Tell her Liverpool Acoustic sent you.
Desperately Seeking Bandmates – Marcel is a 24 year old singer based in Liverpool who’s looking for a guitarist or band to jam with and hopefully gig with. His influences are Stephen Fretwell, Damien Rice, Iron and Wine, John Martyn, and Paul Weller. You can contact him here.
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.