Friday 25th November sees the return to Liverpool Acoustic Live of the amazing Jon Gomm. Those who saw him last year at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street will already know what a special night it’s going to be. Support is provided by the swingin’ gypsy jazz of The Manouchetones, and the sweet sound of Switzerland’s Nadine Carina.
Nadine Carina [Switzerland]
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The Manouchetones, featuring Daniel John Martin – live at the Beaufort Jazz Festival
Nadine Carina – Some Chocolate and Cigarettes
Nadine Carina – Tomorrow
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Jon Gomm is an acoustic singer-songwriter with an incredible virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and sparkling melodies all at the same time, and combining styles from blues and jazz to rock and pop. The emphasis is still on the soulful vocals and songwriting however, and his original material is influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead.
Jon first laid his hands on a guitar at the age of two (actually it was a ukulele – his parents couldn’t find a guitar small enough). He started taking classical guitar lessons, wrote his first song at the age of six, and at twelve he was accompanying his father, a music critic, to blues gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. Touring musicians would often stay at the Gomm household on the understanding Jon would get a guitar lesson, meaning he had one-to-one instruction from such legends as Walter Trout, Bob Brozman, Sherman Robertson and Norman Beaker (Jack Bruce band).
On leaving school Jon turned down a place at Oxford University to attend The Guitar Institute in London. While there he paid his way through college playing jazz in café-bars, recording as a session guitarist, and even playing Country & Western in working mens clubs for line-dancers.
Eventually he heard the call of the north and moved to Leeds, where he is now based, to study on the Jazz degree course at the music college there. He decided to try his hand at performing solo, and discovered all kinds of new sounds he could make with an acoustic guitar – hitting the surface of it to make snare drum, bass drum and bongo sounds, re-tuning the strings to get bass sounds, and teasing high harmonics from the guitar for synthesizer-like effects. He worked all these techniques into his own songs, and put his years of singing blues into use.
Nowadays he tours Europe, playing at festivals from Rome to Athens, has a huge cult following and is regarded by those in the know as one of the world’s most talented and innovative acoustic guitarists. Even with only one CD so far released he is already cited as an influence by many other performers. His videos are watched thousands of times within days of appearing on Youtube, and his home-recorded CD “Hypertension” has sold over ten thousand copies with no industry backing. Each track in the current Domestic Science series is available on a ‘pay what you want’ basis, with 10% of the price going to the Children of Watamu charity’s Happy House Project in Kenya. childrenofwatamu.net
The Manouchetones, like a lot of musical collaborations,was formed after a chance meeting.
It was at an employment training course in the Everton area of Liverpool in the early 90’s that Karl & Micky met, and after a brief chat they realised they had a lot in common musically. A couple of years down the line and “Sirocco” was born playing mainly in the acoustic jazz fusion style of John Mclaughlin/Al Di Meola the duo became a staple of the then new cafe bar scene and eventually grew into a quartet adding drums and percussion to the mix to create more of a latin vibe.
After a few artistically successful years they both headed in different musical directions – Micky continuing in his study of the Django Reinhardt tradition and performing at festivals up and down the country as rhythm player for the amazing Gary Potter – and Karl going on to form two incredible bands Loka and Super Numeri and releasing 2 critically acclaimed albums on the Ninja Tune label.
Now playing mainly in the Gypsy Jazz or Manouche style of Django Reinhardt the boys are back together for your aural delight but don’t be surprised if you hear Blues, Flamenco, Jazz Fusion or even the odd Elvis track in their set list!
Nadine Carina is a Swiss singer/songwriter who sings dreamy folk songs with her guitar and piano. Currently studying at the Leeds College of Music, this September saw Nadine release her first album ‘Magic Box’ on the Stattmusik label.
Buy the album Magic Box from Amazon
Buy the EP Drawing Butterflies from Bandcamp
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight #58 – November 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.