Liverpool Acoustic Newsletter – July 2012

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July 2012 can only mean one thing – The Big O. No, not the return of Roy Orbison (he’s too busy working in Elvis’ chippy) but the Olympic Games down in that London. For those of you who aren’t interested there’s plenty of fantastic acoustic music to take your mind off all things sporty (what do you mean, we didn’t win Euro 2012?). This month sees Formby Live, Wirral Festival of Firsts, Liverpool Phil’s Americana Weekend, Threshold’s Summer Fun(d) Raiser, and the welcome return of the Acoustic Air Raid to St Lukes bombed out church – links to all of these in our online diary.



Liverpool Acoustic Live this month is on Friday 20th July 2012 at the View Two Gallery. It’s a week earlier than normal to accommodate the touring schedule of our overseas visitors. It also conveniently avoids clashing with the Olympics opening ceremony the Friday after!

  • Eric Brace & Peter Cooper are Grammy-nominated musicians from the USA
  • The Good Intentions won Americana Act of the Year at the British Country Music Awards
  • Linus Rowe is a young musician who performs regularly at the Woody Guthrie Folk Club

Tickets are available in advance for £6 from or for £7 on the night when the doors open at 8.00pm. The music starts at 8.30pm and goes through to just after 11.00pm.

Eric and Peter will be appearing live on Billy Butler’s BBC Radio Merseyside programme on Friday 20th July after 2.30pm.

You can join the facebook event at

All of our future live events can be found at and if you want to receive information about tickets before they go on general sale then sign up to our events publicity mailing list here.



This month we’re starting the long process of checking as many events as possible to see if they’re still running. If we don’t get a reply from the organiser or venue we’ll remove it from the diary and mention it in our monthly newsletter. If we end up removing an event by mistake then we’ll do our best to put it back as soon as possible with updated contact details. Use the ‘Contact’ page to let us know about any we’ve missed.

You say goodbye…

  • Nick Ellis’ Saturday night at Brink has stopped for the time being. If it restarts in the future we’ll let you know.

And I say hello…!

  • The Elephant Jam Night @ The Elephant is a new event taking place every Wednesday evening in the famous Woolton Village venue from 8.30pm to midnight (or 1.00am if there are enough performers). If you’re interested in taking part, or just want more information, email
  • Writer’s Showcase @ Hannah’s Bar is a new showcase event every other Thursday at Hannah’s Bar on Leece Street featuring music, comedy, poetry and more. The first event is on Thursday 12th July with Thom Morecroft, Andrew Pink, The Penny Lane Poet, Muzanda, Binty Blair, and Kathleen Button. Entry is £3 on the door, and it runs from 8pm to 10pm. If you want to find out more, or see how to get involved, email George and Rob at
  • The Fresh Sessions @ Schmooze Wine Bar on Church Road in Wavertree is a new weekly night of acoustic music starting on Tuesday 17th July that aims to showcase fresh local and visiting talent. It’s hosted by ‘short and scruffy singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft’ and runs from 9pm to midnight. It’s free entry, with bottles at £1.75. If you want more info or would like to take part email



Here’s a selection of some of the acoustic events taking place in June. Click on the event in the diary for full details and links.

  • Sunday 1st – Music Fundraiser 2 @ Shy Lowen Horse Sanctuary, Thornton. 2pm to 8pm, £2 minimum donation. Stalls and refreshments available, plus music from Mike Badger and the Shady Trio, The Loose Moose String Band, The Big House, Chris Elliot, and more.
  • Friday 6th to Sunday 8th  – Formby Live
  • Friday 6th to Sunday 8th  – Wirral Festival of Firsts
  • Tuesday 10th – Dawes @ The Kazimier. Harvest Sun presents American folk rockers Dawes on one of only three UK dates on their world tour which also sees them supporting Springsteen in Hyde Park. Support from Jonny Corndawg. Tickets £12.50 from Probe or ticketweb
  • Thursday 12th – Writer’s Showcase @ Hannah’s Bar – opening night for this new event that takes place every other Thursday from 8pm to 10pm. Entry £3, and details can be found in the Diary News section above.
  • Saturday 14th – Dirtblone …naked! @ Tabac – by naked, they mean stripped down and acoustic! With support from Bird. 7pm to 9pm and free. Free Brazilian mix CD to the first 20 in, plus 5 minute Portugese lessons, and 60s New Wave Brazilian movies to coincide with Brazilica Festival.
  • Tuesday 17th – The Fresh Sessions @ Schmooze Wine Bar – it’s great to see one of our favourite suburban venues branching out into live music (and about time too, Mr and Mrs Schmooze!). Come on down and let Thom Morecroft introduce you to acoustic talent from near and far. 9pm to midnight, weekly, and free.
  • Thursday 19th – The Low Anthem @ The Kazimier. Another cracker from Harvest Sun with Rhode Island indie folk band The Low Anthem. Tickets £14 from Probe or ticketweb
  • Friday 20th – Liverpool Acoustic Live @ The View Two Gallery. Grammy Award nominated Eric Brace and Peter Cooper from the USA are joined by award winning The Good Intentions, plus Linus Rowe. Tickets £6 in advance.
  • Saturday 28th – Threshold Summer Fun(d) Raiser @ Camp & Furnace – a one-day mini festival full of fun-packed activities and more music than you can shake a shaky stick at, including Dominic Dunn, Dave O’Grady, Jazamin Sinclair, Silent Cities, The Science of the Lamps, Thom Morecroft, and more. Entry is a suggested minimum £3 (heck, why not just give a fiver?) and it runs from 2pm to 11pm. Further details on facebook.
  • Sunday 29th – Acoustic Air Raid @ St Lukes bombed out church – yes, Harvest Sun’s annual festival of acousticness this year features Torn Sail, Lee Southall (The Coral) & Molly Jones, Professor Yaffle, Wilson Minds, and more. This year there’s even an after show party at The Kazimier Garden! The main event runs from 2pm to 6.30pm and entry is £5 on the door. Bring your own picnic and make an afternoon of it.



The original version of our review of Gerry Murphy’s excellent album Crescent City Daze incorrectly inferred that two of the songs were Gerry’s interpretations of songs written by other people. This is not the case.  We have since corrected the mistake and would like to make it clear that all of the songs on the album are original songs written by Gerry. You can pick up your own copy of the album to enjoy by visiting Probe on College Lane, and you can find out more info from

If you spot any other errors or bloopers on the Liverpool Acoustic website (heck, we’re only human!) then please contact us and let us know

Graham – on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic Team

Liverpool Acoustic Newsletter – July 2012

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Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was created 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. It contains an extensive diary of acoustic events, from festivals, theatre concerts and folk clubs to showcases and open mic nights. The News and Reviews service is available as a free email subscription and carries previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast, and a newsletter on the first of each month.