November was a real highlight for Liverpool Acoustic. Firstly we had the amazing Celebrating Subversion at Sefton Park Palm House which saw the venue’s largest ever attendance. Secondly, Liverpool Acoustic Live was named Live Music Event Of The Year 2012 at the Liverpool Music Awards. Thirdly, this year’s Songwriting Challenge was a huge success, with tickets for the Showcase Final selling out even faster than last year, and the quality of songs being even higher.
Sadly our joy last month was tinged with sadness following the death of Miles Carrington, a talented musician and genial event host. 34 is far too young… Local musician Matt Swift has recorded a song called Cry Out which will be made available as a secret download to anyone who donates to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) using the link justgiving.com/Matt-Swift Matt is also looking to put together a collaborative charity CD in memory of Miles – if anyone is interested in contributing drop him an email here.
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE
Liverpool Acoustic Live this month is on Friday 14th December 2012 at the View Two Gallery when we’ll have our Christmas Party. Performing on the night will be:-
The Edwardian Picnic – come and listen to songs from their debut album due for release early next year
SJ Downes – a Liverpool Acoustic favourite with his individual take on the Delta Blues.
Vanessa Murray – your chance to catch the 17 year old winner of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge
All of our future live events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live 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.
Christmas is the season for giving, so our gift to you is a collection of brand new regular acoustic events to wrap your novelty Christmas gloves round. We’ve removed a couple of events from the diary this month, but if you come across anything else that needs correcting or updating drop us a line using the ‘Contact‘ page to let us know.
Folk At The Manor has magically transformed into Wallasey Folk & Acoustic Club to coincide with the move to a new venue. It now takes place every Sunday from 8.30pm to 10.45pm at The Wallaseyan’s Club on Grove Road in (not surprisingly) Wallasey. Most weeks are singers nights at £1 (performers free), with guest nights £5 on the third Sunday of the month. It’s pay on the door, and you can confirm details by befriending them on facebook. Having said all that, there’s an extra guest night on 9th December with Rip Roaring Success, and a short set from Merry Hell at their Christmas Party on 16th.
Open Mic @ Woodwards still takes place every Thursday night from 9.30pm to 11.45pm, but whereas it was previously hosted by Me & My Cousin (and what a fine job they did!) it is now hosted by a different artist each week, including Robert Vincent and Matt Carrigan (6th December), Davy Edge (13th December), Me & My Cousin (20th December), and Some Other Guy (27th December).
You say goodbye…
The Big Wednesday Open Mic at Bumper is no longer taking place.
The fortnightly Red Door Monday Open Mic in West Kirby is (probably) no longer running, and has been removed from the diary until such time as we’re told otherwise!
And I say hello…!
The Wro Open Mic is a brand new weekly open mic (doh!) at The Wro (double-doh!) in West Kirby. It’s hosted by Caroline England every Thursday from 8.30pm to 11.10pm and it’s free. Performers get a free drink, the chance to mingle with like-minded people, and the possibility of future paid gigs.
Two new open mic nights at sister venues in Warrington and Widnes. Both are free, and both offer longer (30 minute) sets for anyone interested – email email@example.com Acoustic Open Mic @ The Lounge, Warrington is every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm Acoustic Open Mic @ The Lounge, Widnes is every Wednesday from 8pm to 11pm
DECEMBER DIARY SELECTION BOX
Here’s a selection of some of the acoustic events taking place this month. Click on the event in the diary for full details and links.
Saturday 1st – Thom Morecroft album launch@ View Two Gallery – with performances from Thom, Silent Cities, Robert Vincent, and Dominic Dunn. £3 on the door gets you and and a copy of the album. Doors 8pm, 8.30pm start, 11.30pm finish. More details to follow on the facebook event page.
Saturday 8th – An evening with John Head @ The Victoria Gallery & Museum – Taking place in the Leggate Theatre at Liverpool University’s red-brick gallery and museum building at the top of Brownlow Hill, John Head (Shack, The Pale Fountains) presents an evening of songs. Tickets are £10 from VG&M reception, Probe, and Ticketmaster. 8pm to 10pm.
Sunday 9th – Lach @ Lomax – Liverpool’s first Antifolk Mini-festival hits town, staring Lach, and also featuring Man In The Dark, The Big I Am, Rory and Ned, Dogstar Rose, Nighthowl, and more. 5pm start, £3 in. Facebook event here.
Friday 14th – Liverpool Acoustic Christmas Party @ The View Two Gallery. The Edwardian Picnic, SJ Downes, Vanessa Murray. Tickets £5 in advance. 8.00pm doors, 8.30pm start
Sunday 16th – Merry Hell at Wallasey Folk & Acoustic Club @ The Wallaseyan’s Club – Christmas Party, with a short set from local favourites Merry Hell. See Diary News above for details.
Friday 21st – The Alternative ‘Office’ Christmas Party @ Studio 2 – Fundraiser for North West Cancer Research, with music from Dominic Dunn, Milly Pye, Gary Edward Jones, 54321, and special guests yet to be announced. 8pm to 2am, tickets £5 on the door or in advance from the venue or seetickets.com
Thanks to everyone who responded to our call for seasonal songs for the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight’s Christmas Show. It’s due for release round about 18th December, just in time to get you in the mood for Christmas.
And don’t forget, if you’re planning on heading out to any of the regular events in our online diary over the Christmas and New Year period, please check with the venue or event organiser beforehand to check that it’s still taking place.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded 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. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.