The next Liverpool Acoustic Live is taking place on Friday 28th September 2012 at our regular home, the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street. Headlining on the night is local folk rock band Merry Hell who’ll be performing a special, intimate acoustic show for us. Support is ably provided by local guitar/bass/flute trio The 4.20s, and York’s Mark Wynn. Opening for us will be 15 year old singer-songwriter Sophia Ben-Yousef.
Living up to their name, local band Merry Hell play folk-rock with punk attitude, indie ethos, and latino feel – with an added helping of soul. Formed in 2011, and taking their roots from the quasi folk-punk-rock orchestra known as The Tansads, Merry Hell is an 8-piece combining male and female vocals with mandolin, electric guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. Expect an incredible, high-energy assault when you see them play live.
Mark Wynn is a 25 year old talking, singer, songwriter/mumbler man boy from York. He has occasionally been referred to as being a poet, something that doesn’t sit too well with him. So far this year he has written and released four albums, two collections of poems (oh the irony) and has done more gigs than he cares to mention.
The subject matter for his songs covers a number of subjects – here are a few: car boot sales, tooth decay, love, comparing girls to television, booze, rubbish nightclubs, dish washing, bus journeys, Henry Miller, the weather, his grandmother and working in an industry where most people are money hungry creeps.
Recently Mark has been described as a cross between John Cooper Clarke, Lou Reed and Big Bill Broonzy: make of that what you will. This November, after three years of gigging around anywhere and everywhere, mark is heading out on his first UK headline tour.
“Like the early John Cooper Clarke or Mark E Smith, Mark Wynn has the potential for national treasure status twenty years down the line. And that’s not something you’ll hear me say often or lightly. “ Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
As part of our ongoing mission to give performance opportunities to young, talented and up-and-coming musicians, we’re pleased to announce that Sophia Ben-Yousef will be performing an opening set.
Sophia Ben-Yousef is a 15 year old singer, songwriter and pianist who also plays some guitar. She has been playing the piano since she was 9 years old, in a very informal, self-expressive way, always leaning towards jazz influences. Last year her brothers bought her first guitar, which she is steadily self-learning how to play.
Since her first public performance in April 2012, her, soulful, jazz voice and performances have been attracting a lot of attention, including from artists and producers in the US. Sophia has already performed with Jo Bywater, Rob Vincent and is currently performing at venues all over Merseyside and West Lancashire.
Her diverse musical influences range from Emilie Sande, Ludovico Einaudi, Alicia Keys, Muse and the Foo Fighters to Miles Davies, Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone. Although some of her songs are inspired by every day events in teenage life, one song in particular stands out in her performance, ‘Carry On’ inspired by the Arab Spring uprising, in Libya that so profoundly had a personal impact on her family; she is currently looking forward to recording this song and collaborating with other musicians, in its creation.
Sophia is now looking to perform further afield and developing new audiences
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight #78: Friday 28th September 2012 – Liverpool Acoustic Live
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Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 78 Friday 28th September 2012
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