“Evenings of live music and DJs in a variety of the most intimate venues around Liverpool. Folk / Blues / Songwriters / Acoustic / Roots. We continue to quietly create a stir…” That’s Mellowtone, in their own words.
Mellowtone is a major player on the Liverpool Music Scene and regularly host’s intimate gigs at various venues around the city. With acoustic music as the backbone, Mellowtone has played host to some of the best acts in the industry, and the four incredible events that form the May/June season provide no exception, as Liverpool Acoustic’s Liam Pickup found out.
Silent Cities – E.I.G.E.N.L.I.C.H.T. EP LAUNCH
Sat 18th May 2013 – @Leaf – Doors 8pm
Mellowtone will be hosting the much anticipated debut EP launch for Silent Cities. Silent Cities is the musical brainchild of Liverpool based singer songwriter Simon Maddison. With obvious comparisons to the likes of Bon Iver and Ben Howard, Silent Cities’ music has real appeal, appeal that has been noted by the likes of Dave Monks on BBC Radio Merseyside. The track “All These Winds” is simply stunning! If the rest of the EP lives up to the standard set by this tune then we’re all in for a real treat.
Support comes from Electro-Indie band Magic Arm, Manchester rockers We The Dead and Liverpool based songwriter Thom Morecroft and the Full Moon Band. In addition, Mellowtone’s house DJ’s will be on hand to keep good vibes flowing. Mellowtone promises yet another well-rounded night of live music in one of Liverpool’s trendiest venues.
Thurs 23rd May 2013 – @Palm House, Sefton Park – Doors 8pm
“EDGAR JONES announced as headliner for this show!”
This statement alone provides enough reason to pay the tiny advanced ticket price of £5. Edgar ‘Summertyme’ Jones has previously played with the likes of Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch and Sean Payne and Russell Pritchard from the Zutons. Previously the lead singer/bassist for 1990’s Liverpool band The Stairs, Edgar Jones has well and truly hit cult status.
Supporting Jones will be Manchester artist TG Elias. Riding onboard the Folk/Country/Blues train that has resurfaced in the past few years this guy is not to be missed. Additional support comes from Liverpool based singer songwriter Chris Elliot, very much riding that same train. He also plays the same guitar as me so receives major brownie points.
A rambling man by the name of Dan Haywood has painstakingly assembled his rambling band (the New Hawks) over a period of 5 years. Travelling around the British Isles looking for poetic inspiration, the wordsmith that is Hayward has found a group of fantastically whimsical folk musicians. Playing gigs wherever the wind takes them, Dan Haywood’s New Hawks have developed a reputation for having a frenzied stage presence and possessing the ability to purvey a psychic connection to the audience. BIZARRE!!
Support on this night comes from fellow folk artist Ottersgear who tends to have a much more soulful approach to his music. With perfect folk vocals that sound like they’re coming straight from the heart, this guy will not disappoint. Further guests are still to be announced for this one, so keep checking Facebook.
Nancy Elizabeth is a singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and genuine lover of her craft. After playing all over Europe off the back of her first two albums ‘Battle and Victory’ and ‘Wrought Iron’ Nancy decided it was time to take a break and as such locked herself away in her flat in Manchester. Unable to rest, she inadvertently set to work on her third album ‘Dancer’. Due for release on 20th May 2013, it is with this album that Nancy will be touring the UK, stopping off at Leaf, Bold street along the way. Although it won’t be her first time in the city, having studied at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, lets hope her unique brand of psych-folk pulls a good crowd.
Support acts have yet to be announced for this event but Mellowtone resident DJ Mr. Resistor will be on hand to keep the sounds flowing smoothly.
Liam Pickup is a music blogger/reviewer with a keen interest in the Liverpool Music Scene. Posting all of his reviews on his 'LiverpoolGigReview' Facebook page, he hopes to grow his audience organically. Liam lives in the Huyton area and in his 'real job' works as a fashion retail manager for an International brand.