This month’s Liverpool Acoustic Live is our Christmas Party and takes place two weeks earlier than normal on Friday 14th December 2012 at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street. The evening features fantastic, infectious folky poppy acoustic rock from The Edwardian Picnic, plucky, slidey delta blues from Liverpool Acoustic favourite SJ Downes, and a set from 17 year old Vanessa Murray, winner of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2012.
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The Edwardian Picnic
The Edwardian Picnic is an 8 piece band, loosely described as being “folk rock” but with wide influences and diverse songs. Many of their songs are written on a single instrument, such as a guitar or ukulele, and then expanded upon, with instrumental and vocal layers added. They put as much emphasis on instrumentation as they do on vocal melody and harmony. This is how their sound is created. All they ever set out to do was to have fun, that that’s the way it shall continue!
Formed in the depths of the summer and the birth of autumn anew in the year of two thousand and eleven anno domini. Subjects of the sublime, the rolling group of members settled on a nucleus of the above named and proceeded to bring together the holiest of meshes of sound and noises that they could muster. Picnics became the order by which these Edwardian souls dwelled, concocting rhythms of the righteous and howls of the harmonious; music of the melodious its essence and strength.
The Edwardian Picnic is:
Adam Webb – Guitar
Mike Wall – Ukulele, Banjolele, Backing Vocals
Becky Wall – Flute, Vocals
Katie Willer – Vocals
Jay McAney – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jon Couch – Bass, Backing Vocals
Phil Collier – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Sean Dagnall – Drums, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
“They command the stage and the crowd love it… feel-good, soul-nurturing, acoustic power-folk!” – Bido Lito! Magazine
“Beautiful, harmonious music that flows over you. Phil Collier leads the way with positive, upbeat lyrics and is backed by a six piece harmony section that would warm the coldest of days.” – ManGone Music
“Intricate and cleverly woven melodies were performed on various acoustic…
instruments including ukuleles, guitars and banjos, complimenting the wholehearted vocals and achieving both the integrity of folk and the catchy melodies of pop.” – Stephanie Kennedy
“The Edwardian Picnic have the party well started, enticing the crowd with their energetic set – they rocked!” – Liverpool Live
Starting with his first guitar in his early teens, it has been a somewhat random direction yet natural course that has led SJ to follow his musical instincts and achieve his dreams so far and to this present day over two decades later. Fueled by twin passions for field recording and live performance, both solo and in groups, this path has led him to leave his Midlands home at 21, live good spells in London and Liverpool and now complete, full circle the journey to his Midlands roots to recharge, reconnect with family and plan new ventures. With consistent focus, while growing and learning as a musician, travelling and playing around the UK, and different wider locations, most recently in October 2012, SJ achieved his long life dream of visiting, playing and recording in New Orleans, the gateway of much of his musical inspirations.
As a musician, and especially in live performance, it is very much in the tradition of the solo county-blues player that SJ maps his craft, having studied the masters of this genre on his path, whilst using these teachings and studies as a blueprint to open his own channels of expression, with the emotional heart being at the core of his sound, both vocally and instrumentally in the music he plays. Traditionally this music is where folk, country, blues, jazz and ragtime strands meet and cross rhythms and melodies to gather in their own unique tour de force, but combined with the role of a contemporary musician to interpret and combine all of these influences along with his individual presence and voice and the moment itself, is where SJ seeks to tell his own story.
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.
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