Wirral Festival of Firsts 2013 runs from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th July 2013.
Taking place at a wide selection of venues across the Wirral peninsula, this International Arts Festival has grown year on year since its inception in 2011 and features an exciting mix of art, music, poetry, theatre, workshops, film, and competitions.
And there’s lots and lots of music too, with a list of acts including The Fifth Movement, Joe Symes & the Loving Kind, Shannen Bamford, Vanessa Murray, Nala, Mog Stanley, She Drew The Gun, Megan Thomas, Three Minute Hero, Caroline England, Dominic Dunn, Thmo Morecroft, June Kirwen, Nighthowl, Sea Gypsies, and plenty more besides.
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George Roberts from Wirral Festival of Firsts has kindly picked six acts from the list of those playing at the festival and has provided some information and a song to play. Thanks George!
1. Barricades Rise are a 2 piece acoustic / folk duo from Warwickshire. Jonathon Coates and Michael McEntree have been working together for some 15 years and are gaining some recognition. In 2012 they signed to Spectra Records, one of the biggest independent labels in the USA and their first album is due for release soon. They are a hard working band who are playing all over the country and we’re delighted that they are stopping off in Hoylake.
2. Mog Stanley is in his own words a “song singing, guitar playing, foot tapping blues folk indie musician residing in the northern quarter of beautiful England.” To leave it there would be doing him a disservice though. He has worked hard to establish himself in the last 18 months, having already appeared all over the country and at the Beauvais Autour du Zinc Blues Festival in France. He has a raw, bluesy sound with great energy and rhythmic flair. One to watch out for on the day at Coda Maine.
3. Caroline England is from Hoylake and is what the festival is at heart about. Local, unsigned musicians who work hard at their art. She is still working on her first album, but we hear that she’s getting there. Knowing Caroline, she will want it to be absolutely perfect before she releases it. Powerful, emotional songs always performed with passion and one not to miss if you can help it.
4. Barney Soanes is another Wirral talent who is starting to make an impression on the Liverpool circuit, having spent a year travelling in Australia. He’s getting himself a band together but performs as a solo artist too. He’s a very affable chap which comes through in his thoughtful and melodic compositions. He’s releasing his first EP just after the festival and things are looking bright for him.
5. Milly Pye is a stand out performer at the age of 16. She’s from Cheshire. When the music manager for the festival listened to her material with her application to play, he was amazed at the power and intensity of Milly’s voice. She has a timeless, beautiful style and is sure to win many new fans with her performance. I really can’t see anything other than a glowing future, and can’t wait to see what she comes out with next. facebook.com/MillyPyeArtist
6. Sophia Ben-Yousef is a 16 year old singer, songwriter and pianist who also plays some guitar. Sophia has been playing the piano since she was 9 years old, in a very informal, self-expressive way, always leaning towards jazz influences. 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. Her songs are inspired by every day events in teenage life, one song in particular ‘Carry On’ is inspired by the Arab Spring uprising, in Libya that so profoundly had a personal impact on her family facebook.com/sophiamusicuk
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 95: Wirral Festival of Firsts – 6th to 14th July 2013
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