LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC EXTRA PREVIEW FRIDAY 9TH MARCH 2012
Friday 9th March is the first Liverpool Acoustic eXtra show since last September, and we’ve back with a cracker with Liverpool’s atmospheric folk favourites Bird, Cornwall’s London-based folk favourites The Sea Kings, and everyone’s favourite Thom Morecroft.
Tickets are £5 in advance from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacousticor £6 on the door – we’re expecting this to sell quickly so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
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Bird – Phantoms
Bird – Hey Hey Moonshinebuy the Phantoms EP [Amazon] [iTunes]
The Sea Kings – Sails and Boards
The Sea Kings – Villages
buy the EP An Introduction to The Sea Kings [Amazon] [iTunes]
Thom Morecroft – Holly
Thom Morecroft – You’re Wrong About Me
Tony Ford – Anything For You
Tom Jarvis – Hit The Ground Running
After signing with London based record label Jack to Phono, five piece Liverpool band Bird released their much anticipated E.P ‘Phantoms’ on Halloween of 2011. With a sold out E.P launch back in December, Bird have since gone from strength to strength. BBC Radio stations including Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank, BBC 6 Music’s Maconie and Radcliffe, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Radio Merseyside have all been playing Bird on air for the past few months. The band have also recently had their music featured on Channel 4. After touring back in 2011 the band supported great acts such as Hannah Peel, Sarah Beth Tucek and Michael Chapman. After being especially selected by the BBC, Bird also recently attended a musicians workshop at Abbey road and Maida Vale London where they got the chance to meet the likes of Jo Whiley, Steve Lamaq and Zane Lowe.
Bird is the creation and vision of 23 year old singer/songwriter Adele Emmas. Helping Adele realize this vision are band members Mick Dolan (guitar), Keith Thompson (guitar/producer), Ste Parratt (bass) and Alexis Samata (drums). Bird put themselves under the genre of ‘atmospheric folk’ and atmospheric is definitely the word. You will find haunting and poetic lyrics combined with melodic and eerie, sweeping guitar riffs. Enticing audiences with the ability to play the silences as well as the music, creating tension in everything they do leaving you wanting more at the end of every note rather than at the end of every song. Bird’s universe is magical and other worldly, creating strong imagery and emotion for the audience. Bird are sure to leave you with hairs standing up on the back of your neck.
Alongside planning their tour and keeping busy with press and radio interviews, Bird are currently back in the studio recording new material set to be released March/April of 2012.
The Sea Kingsare originally from the far-flung county of Cornwall, and comprise James Wills (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Holtaway (Vocals/Mandolin) and Jake Alexander (Vocals/Percussion/Cello). Having been friends and occasional bandmates during their teenage years, each member moved to London separately in the early Millennium to pursue careers in music, exchanging the sand for cement and coastline for cityscape.
The trio were reconnected by solo appearances on the Greenwich open-mic circuit. After a summer spent travelling and busking around Europe they resolved to create something new, together. They began collaborating on fresh material under a name that would keep them anchored to their homeland, and the band was born.
On 9th April 2010, a four-track EP, An Introduction To The Sea Kings, was released through online distribution service Record Union, containing songs that will feature on their forthcoming album.Currently putting the finishing touches to their self-made album, recorded during lulls in extensive building works opposite their improvised studio, the collection of songs promises as close to live performance as possible, the trio forgoing the temptation to bury the songs with overdubs to let the raw energy of their acoustic instruments and harmonies shine through.
Piquing interest each time they play (having performed in eminent London venues such as the ICA, Half Moon Putney and The World’s End in Finsbury Park, as well as being broadcast on BBC Introducing and local radio), the band are particularly favourably commented upon for their alternative and progressive song arrangements, as well as the vibrancy and warmth that comes from three well-travelled voices coming together to sing stories of sea and storms, fields and folk tales.
Thom Morecroft is not just a short, excitable, and scruffy young man from Shropshire. He is also a fine addition to a growing cannon of Liverpool-based songwriters, whose extensive original material and (surprisingly) powerful voice have earned him a reputation on the local circuit.
Now 21 years of age, Thom has been writing songs for more than half his life. Thom left Shrewsbury after self-releasing his debut album Something Shows, mastered by the prolific engineer Jon Astley. Since arriving in Liverpooljust over a year ago, he has performed in a number of venues including Studio 2 and the Zanzibar.
Currently recording new material to assemble for his forthcoming EP in 2012, Thom continues to play live and has recently joined forces on occasion with singer Elle Schillereff and percussionist Christophe Cousineau in an attempt to broaden his sound.
In the future, he hopes to explore the idea of a band set-up whilst continuing to hone his solo sound; meeting other musicians and trying to reach a wider audience with his performances and songs.
Tony Ford is a singer-songwriter from Warrington who has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. “I think the best music can evoke emotions and memories but there doesn’t seem to be much of that around commercially anymore, it’s all about the fast cash. For me, songwriting and music comes from within and isn’t about the money.”
Tom Jarvis is a 24 year old acoustic singer-songwriter, accompanied by Mr Tom Fox on lead guitar. He has just finished recording his first EP at Parr Street Studios and it’s available to download now.
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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.