– THRESHOLD PREVIEW
SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2012
Hosted by Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland, and local musician Rob Rivieres, this event is taking place at the newly relaunched Elevator Bar and Cafe on Parliament Street (next to Giant bikes) and runs from 2pm to 7pm.
Entry is by Threshold Festival tickets available for the day or weekend from tiny.cc/threshold12tickets
This preview features information about the performers, including links to their websites, plus the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight show featuring one track from each of them.
Below is the current lineup and running order, although with a festival on the scale of Threshold this could change at any minute (fingers crossed it won’t). Any changes will be updated on this post and on the facebook event page.
UPDATE – 1ST FEBRUARY
We’re pleased to announce the addition of Rob Vincent from Liverpool band Night Parade to the lineup. Below are the new timings.
- 2.00 Dean Elliott [Worcester]
- 2.30 Rob Rivieres [Liverpool]
- 2.55 Léon Pearce [Jersey]
- 3.20 Oxtoby [Australia]
- 3.45 Rob Vincent [Liverpool]
- 4.15 The Big I Am [Liverpool]
- 4.40 Mary McCombs [Liverpool]
- 5.10 Robert Mulder [Canada]
- 5.35 Alan O’Hare [Liverpool]
- 6.00 James Munro [Stockport]
- 6.30 Hedda Aronssen [Norway]
- Dean Elliott – The Actress
- Rob Rivieres – No Romances
- Léon Pearce – Till The End
- Oxtoby – How Am I Supposed To Believe (When All That You Do Is Deceive)?
- The Big I Am – Dancing
- Mary McCombs – Gaia
- Robert Mulder – Work and Play
- Alan O’Hare – Only Child [Demo]
- James Munro – Reply If You Like
- Hedda Aronssen – I Will Follow You
Dean Elliott is an Acoustic, Folk Singer and Songwriter from the West Midlands.
Calling influence from musicians such as Nick Drake, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, Dean began writing in his teens performing his unique blend of heartfelt acoustic folk to the pubs and clubs of his hometown of Worcester.
After fine-tuning his songwriting and performing craft at Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ (LIPA) in 2003, Dean shot to fame after being asked to perform as Buddy Holly in London’s West End as the lead role in the Olivier nominated hit musical ‘BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story’.
In that time he gained a rather large fanbase and exposure whilst working tirelessly on creating a repertoire of songs with which resulted in Dean’s first studio album – ‘Tales from Whittington Tump’. Joining Dean on the record included Accordian, Piano, Cello, Double Bass and Banjo players from across the country and also full strings. The release of the album in December 2009 was recieved with acclaim from many reviewers including the N.M.E. One reviewer quoted that Dean’s lyrics “spoke directly to the heart”.
Since then and since Buddy, Dean has toured around the UK performing his music in venues such as the O2 Academy – London, Liverpool’s ‘Cavern Club’ and The Bedford, London. He has also performed in countries as far reaching as the USA, Canada, Latin America and India whilst also appearing on such shows as TV’s ‘Richard and Judy’, Radio 2’s ‘Jonathan Ross show’ and BBC London Tonight.
Dean has just completed a new 3 track E.P in November 2011 titled ‘When the dust settles down’.
Rob Rivieres is a twenty-three year old acoustic singer-songwriter from the north west of England. Crafting conscious lyrics with soft vocals and simple melodies Rob creates a minimalist yet deeply soulful sound.
His debut EP, Before the Dawn, was released online in May 2011 and offered as a ‘name-your-price’ download. As well as building and managing his own website he regularly posts videos on Youtube and strives to maintain a direct relationship with his fans using several social networking sites.
Drawing on the ‘the delicate moments, dramas, dilemmas and dreams we all find ourselves drifting in and out of’, Rob writes conscious tales to inspire and intrigue. He is currently writing material for a new EP whilst gigging in and around Liverpool.
The Jersey-born musician frequently draws on personal experience when it comes to crafting songs about love, friendship and heartache, and the raw intensity of emotion that we all feel in the Spring of our lives. With a single set for release on Valentine’s Day, and plenty of gigs coming up, this emerging artist is one to watch.
Science by day. Music by night. Neil Oxtoby is a an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist, as well as being a qualified physicist. Oxtoby usually performs as a solo artist, but also invites friends to join him on stage so you never know what to expect from any given show. Currently in the process of recording his first full-length album at Parr Street Studios, Oxtoby will be performing new original songs and a cover song at this year’s Threshold Festival after enjoying last year’s festival from the audience. You can help to write Oxtoby’s Threshold setlist by requesting songs via his Facebook page facebook.com/OxtobyMusic
|Rob Vincent (photo by Rebecca Cresta)|
Rob Vincent (Night Parade)
|The Big I Am|
The Big I Am
Mary McCombs formed an Indie band in the early 1990s, writing and performing their own material which was influenced mainly by Cocteau Twins and The Sundays. McCombs was the lead vocalist of the band which performed at many Liverpool venues and several in London and various University campuses nationally.
Mary is currently hosting a folk night at The Cornmarket in Liverpool city centre and will be performing at the Wirral ‘Folk On The Coast’ Festival in June 2012. She is also a member of Dave Jackson and the Cathedral Mountaineers as a backing vocalist; who will also be appearing at Threshold 2012. She has recorded a CD called ‘Selling Flowers’; 10 self-penned songs available at ‘News from Nowhere’ in Bold Street. There’s another CD coming soon.