Liverpool Acoustic welcome folk rockers Galley Beggar back to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery on Friday 23rd August 2013 following their storming set for us last year. Since then the band have been delighting festival audiences across the country, and have been showcasing music from their original album Reformation House alongside their new album Galley Beggar launched last year.
Galley Beggar will be joined by Alister Said, a popular performer on the local scene who can currently be found every Friday afternoon hosting The Tillerman Show live from the Lomax. Completing the lineup is young singer songwriter Shannen Bamford whose recently-released debut EP received glowing reviews following a successful launch at Hebbie Jeebies earlier this year.
Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland says “I can’t think of a better way to start the Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool than to welcome back Galley Beggar, a band who made such a huge impact when they played for us last year. Fans of folk and folk rock will not be disappointed. In fact, fans of good music in general are in for a memorable night with the addition of Alister Said and Shannen Bamford.”
“We’re delighted that Liverpool Acoustic is taking part in the first Liverpool International Music Festival, and we’re excited to be introducing some amazing music into the mix.”
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Derby collective Leere release their new single ‘Ubuntu’ on Monday 22nd July. It will be the last song released from their album ‘Ever Being On Lark Lane’ which featured on BBC Radio Merseyside’s ‘Folkscene’ at the end of last year.
The word ‘Ubuntu’ comes from the African Xhosa tradition which conveys the idea that human life is interconnected and only strengthened through genuine relationship, through an understanding of the true potential of community and the real worth of others. Lead singer and songwriter Simon Monaghan states that “The song is meant to be a lighter take on the concept of ‘Ubuntu’, encouraging an openness and dialogue with those we may encounter on our daily…and life journey”
Hailing from South-East London and North Kent, Galley Beggar take inspiration from bands which, without exception, they were too young to have seen at the time. Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Trees, Steeleye Span and Led Zeppelin to name a few. The sound is a heady mix of harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, violin, mandolin, bass and drums – drawing on the essence of the English folk tradition, filtered through the electric sounds of more psychedelic days.
Seamlessly blending original material with reinventions of traditional English folk standards the group move deftly between gentle acoustic ballad and intense electric coda. The songs explore the dark and loamy soil of human experience in which Folk music roots itself – timeless themes of love, death, betrayal and immoderate drinking… And a bit more death.
Their live shows bring an extra dimension, recalling the spontaneity and close communication of the best live acts of the late sixties and seventies. Bands that dared to venture outside the recorded versions, knowing that the direction of a song could change with a nod or a glance.
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 97: Friday 23rd August 2013 – Galley Beggar
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Spotlight 97: Friday 23rd August 2013 – Galley Beggar
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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