The award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live is well-known for introducing our audiences to young, up-and-coming musicians at our open mic events and regular, monthly showcases. In fact, we’ve discovered so many talented youngsters recently that we’ve decided to put four of them together on the same night for our first ever Youth Special.
Taking place at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street on the evening of Friday 22nd March the event features the following lineup.
15 year old Dylan Tierney from Inverness was due to take part in this event but has had to pull out due to ill health. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him play at a future Liverpool Acoustic Live event.
Tickets are £5 in advance from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic or £6 on the door.
Doors open at 8.00pm and the music starts at 8.30pm, finishing no later than 11.15pm.
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1. Dominic Dunn – For The Night
2. Sophia Ben-Yousef – Carry On
3. George Lawless (with Lisa McVinnie) – Music To Hear
4. Milly Pye – Sometimes
5. The Beautiful Word – May Not Be Love
The Beautiful Word are a 5-piece experimental Casio-folk-pop group from Brighton. They’re touring the UK to promote the single May Not Be Love and can be seen in Liverpool on Saturday 13th April at Lomax, along with The Midnight Waltz, The Sailmakers, Science of the Lamps, and Kill For Company. 7.30pm and entry is £3 on the door.
16 year old Dominic Dunn is a musical tour de force. Not only is he studying hard for his GCSEs, he also finds the time to gig (relentlessly!), write songs, and run his own events supporting young performers. He recently organised a music journalism masterclass with world-acclaimed music journalist Paul Du Noyer, and two afternoons of music at the Albert Dock for the Threshold Festival fringe. Too young to be nominated, the Liverpool Music Awards placed him firmly in the ‘one to watch’ category.
Sophia Ben-Yousef is a 16 year old singer / song writer/ 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. Sophia has already performed with Robert Vincent, Jo Bywater, Thom Moorcroft, Gary Edward Jones, Johnny Sands, KOF, Mic Lowry and Chelcee, to name just a few. She has also been approached by London based agents, who are currently arranging venues in London for Sophia, following viewing her videos on the YouTube Channel for Band Vault, London, who invited her along to do a video shoot.
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 was very fortunate to have had this song played on Prime time news in Libya.
Sophia is looking forward to recording more of her own songs, and is currently working with several musicians and producers, on a variety of musical collaborations. She has just been approached by several independent music blogs to do live video performances and interviews.
Sophia’s musical ambition is to develop her songwriting, and perform her music live in front of a large audience. Her focus is all about the music and the lyrics and getting noticed for the quality of her sound.
17 year old George Lawless started playing guitar six years ago, since then he has developed a love for fingerstyle acoustic guitar. At the age of thirteen he started to study classical guitar as well as self-teaching folk fingerstyle pieces. His style is best described as a combination of classical and folk. George has played with a lot of local acts in the past year, including John O’Connell and TJ & Murphy. Whilst still developing his classical guitar technique George is currently playing a lot of folk open mics in the city and hopes to continue to play and develop his guitar skills whilst studying for his A levels.
At only just 16 years old, singer/songwriter Milly Pye has already many original songs written. A deeply, soulful and emotionally led performer who draws her audience in with her beautiful, emotive, but powerful heart wrenching voice.
Milly’s style is completely raw. Mainly self taught on the guitar, she is currently in a developmental stage of her music career and gaining a lot more live experience by regularly treading the boards in Liverpool (including supporting Sandi Thom at Erics), Chester, Cheshire venues and London (12 Bar Club Soho) plus also many private functions in her local area. Milly’s influences come ‘mainly from life’ and her musical tastes vary, but for style choice, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner would be her most influential artists. Her dream is to perform , workshop and write with Ed Sheeran.
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.
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