Liverpool Acoustic are pleased to announce an exciting evening of acoustic music when Only Child will be performing with Liva String Quartet in the View Two Gallery‘s intimate performance space.
Also performing on Friday 26th April 2013 at the Mathew Street venue is local singer-songwriter, and member of The Wooltones, Rob Clarke.
Completing the lineup is Berlin-born, London-based Roxanne de Bastion who returns to Liverpool as part of her UK tour for her debut album The Real Thing.
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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Only Child have gone on to support the likes of Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff); Steve Pilgrim (Paul Weller); Michael Weston King (My Darling Clementine); Ian Prowse (Amsterdam/Pele) and Gemma Hayes.
The EP has also received rave reviews: “Only Child summarise a feeling felt by many and with a pure Celtic heart…” (Liverpool Sound & Vision) and “Beautifully haunting, the band falls away, leaving just strings…” (Liverpool Acoustic).
The band now headline the award-winning Liverpool Acoustic night at View Two Gallery on April 26th and it’s a marriage made in heaven: “The idea for Only Child crystallised for me at an acoustic gig at View Two,” reveals O’Hare. “Our bass player, Vanessa Murray, also recently won the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge and I met Jon Lawton of Crosstown Studios through Liverpool Acoustic – and we now record all our music with him.”
Only Child are half way through the recording of a debut album too. “It’s going great and another step on from the EP,” says O’Hare. “There are new instruments introduced into the mix – flute, sax, drum machines, rain sticks (!) – and a set of my best songs. The violin and strings will remain at the heart of the record though and that’s why we’re bringing the fab Liva String Quartet back to play with us on April 26th. I make music to be brought to life by a connection with other people. I can’t wait to hear what happens above the din of Mathew Street…”
LIVA STRING QUARTET
Formed in 2012, Liva String Quartet comprises four of the North West’s finest freelance string players, available to add that extra bit of magic and sparkle to any event, performance or recording. Diverse, versatile and professional, Liva String Quartet are dedicated to providing excellence at every engagement and performance. Liva String Quartet are Laura McKinlay (Violin), Alex Dunn (Violin), Merlyn Sturt (Viola), and Rod Skipp (Cello).
Liverpool born Rob represents the changing, acceptable face of 21st century folk music. Influenced by everyone from Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly right through to more current artists, Rob’s timeless and warm style endears him to any audience – and to those who wouldn’t normally listen to acoustic music. He writes songs about seemingly anything that still manage to be meaningful. Rob takes his art seriously but his understated modest style and dry wit bring the listener right into the heart of his music.
About A Time is Rob Clarke’s third album and showcases Rob’s songwriting and musicianship.
‘His warm voice and sensitive musicality (and) …memorable songs that somehow evoke the spirit of Liverpool, and will touch the heart of many’ – Liverpool Echo
‘His work has an honest tone and quality which makes his finely crafted music all the more listenable’ – The Harmless Musician
‘This is my type of music- the type that works its way into the brain so well that you find yourself singing it to yourself in your head or occasionally (as in my case) out loud at work and that for me is the sign of a great song’ – Liverpool Acoustic
ROXANNE DE BASTION
Roxanne de Bastion’s journey started when she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. She grew up in a bilingual, musical home and played her first gigs at the age of 10 (performing her favourite Beatles songs in small cafés and clubs) and began writing her own songs at the age of 15. Not knowing anyone in London, Roxanne started playing at as many open mic nights, bars and music venues as she could, traveling throughout the country via bus and train in order to play her songs to as many people as possible. Determination and hard work is paying off and Roxanne now tours regularly, being asked back to venues throughout the UK, Germany and the United States. Her music is striking a chord with listeners across the globe from Berlin, to London and New York, all the way to Vietnam and Ethiopia.
Roxanne de Bastion announces that her debut album The Real Thing will be released on April 19th on Nomad Songs. The singer-songwriter teamed up with producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes/Regina Spektor) to record ten of her songs in Roxanne’s town of birth, Berlin. Her first single Red and White Blood Cells is available as a free download and has already been picked up by Tom Robinson on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, Q Radio as well as MTV and Radio Eins in Germany.
Roxanne’s compositions and live shows are incredibly varied in dynamism and style, ranging from intimate, lilting anti-folk to raw 60’s blues-rock. What tie them together are her charm, her instantly recognisable voice and the sincere, witty and downright ballsy lyrics. Her recordings on The Real Thing are live, honest and immediate. Her songwriting is influenced just as much by her travels as it is by her musical heroes John Lennon, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, and Judee Sill. A young person making modern and original music but recorded old school, makes for a fresh sound in an otherwise overproduced universe of ‘same old’.
“If you ever get a chance to go see her live – definitely do!” (BBC Introducing Coventry and Warwickshire)
“In a space where artists like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor exist, Roxanne de Bastion more than holds her own. She stands out.” (Absolute Punk)
“…One of the most perfect voices I have ever heard!” (Tom Whalley, BBC 6)
“A songstress set for stardom in 2013” (Gigs and Festivals)
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 90 April 2013
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Spotlight 90: Friday 26th April 2013 – Only Child
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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