ANNOUNCE - Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 open until 29th October
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC, in association with THE BLUECOAT and the LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, present the Liverpool Acoustic Garden – two afternoons of chilled-out acoustic music in the garden of Liverpool’s creative hub, the Bluecoat.
On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, the Bluecoat garden will be filled with the sound of fantastic music from sixteen of Merseyside’s best acoustic acts. With solo artists, duos, singer-songwriters and instrumental guitarists, there’s something for all tastes to enjoy. And it’s all free!
So why not come along, grab a drink or a bite to eat, and sit back and relax in the Liverpool Acoustic Garden? It’s what Bank Holiday weekends were made for!
Event: Liverpool Acoustic Garden
SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST
12.00pm – Rob Jones & Rob White
12.30pm – Acoustic Tales
1.00pm – Derek King
1.30pm – The Southbound Attic Band
2.00pm – Simon Cousins
2.30pm – SheBeat
3.00pm – John Chatterton
3.30pm – Me & Deboe
SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST
12.00pm – Barney Soanes
12.30pm – Mark Wilson
1.00pm – Kim Jennett
1.30pm – John McGrath
2.00pm – Shoes4Brakes
2.30pm – Mark Byrne
3.00pm – Millie Courtney
3.30pm – Sensorites
Times: 12.00pm to 4.00pm both days
Venue: The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
The event is due to take place in the garden.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will move inside to the performance space.
The facebook event can be found here.
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1. John McGrath – Four Hills
2. Barney Soanes – Rail Replacement
3. Derek King – I May
4. Mark Wilson – New Horizons
5. Rob Jones and Rob White – A Time Before
Rob Jones & Rob White
Acoustic duo Rob Jones (vocal/acoustic guitar) and Rob White (vocals) have been harmonising together since meeting at school. Rob Jones’ songs attempt to deal with the ups and downs of life, public transport, heartbreak, and the Mersey rain.
Acoustic Tales are a Liverpool duo, featuring singer songwriter Joan Isaacs and guitarist Kevin Isaacs. Their melodic sound has a Jazz tinge, as reflected in songs such as ‘Life Long Friend’ and ‘How Long’.
Found every Wednesday at American Bar and Grill hosting K’s Choice, Derek King is a well-known singer-songwriter on the local scene.
The Southbound Attic Band
Barry Jones (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica) and Ronnie Clark (bass) form the Southbound Attic Band, and together meld Celtic flavoured acoustic Americana with an English folk rock sensibility, and catchy melodic songs with a dark edge.
Liverpool singer-songwriter SheBeat brings you hum-along, bluesy, folky pop.
Simon Cousins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who was a member of Liverpool indie rock band The Onset and Ophiuchus. His solo work is in an acoustic, folk/country genre, described by Tim Peacock of Whisperin and Hollerin’ online magazine as “showcasing a fluid finger-picking style and a gentle, unobtrusive voice which nonetheless carries a determined presence.”
Formally of local band Gogmagog, John Chatterton will be bringing instrumental acoustic guitar music to the Bluecoat garden.
Me & Deboe
Under the name Me & Deboe, Mercy Elise (vocals/acoustic guitar) and Sarah Deboe (vocals/acoustic guitar) present stripped back, raw songs full of attitude, great harmonies, and top class musicianship.
Barney Soanes has musical bones, he uses them to make his tones.
There are no clones or megaphones, no overzealous drawn out drones.
The songs are real and make you feel, like you’re riding on a ferris wheel.
Tap your heel, clap like a seal, Barney Soanes is the real deal 🙂
Singer songwriter, Mark Wilson, has astounded music lovers the world over with his unique blend of percussive acoustic blues and folk coupled with an extraordinary voice. Variously compared to Nick Drake, Merlin and a tornado tearing up the fret board.
11 year old Millie Courtney has attracted national attention with her Hillsborough tribute song Broken Winged Angels.
“One of the most innovative solo guitarists on the scene right now is John McGrath … his style can be best summed up as ‘glitch blues’, utilising seriously warped effects over John Fahey-esque musings.” – Deep Hedonia
An acoustic two piece band with guitar and cajon drum, Shoes4Brakes perform driving tunes with an upbeat feel.
Mark Byrne is a member of the Solid Air Band, a vibe-alike tribute to John Martyn. He’s also an accomplished solo performer with a host of gentle, inspiring songs to his name – perfect for a late summer afternoon in the Liverpool Acoustic Garden.
Warrington-based Kim is a young singer-songwriter who has recently released her debut EP ‘Doll’ and is quickly making a name for herself on the local music scene.
Sensorites are Nathan and Gareth Kirkham, and together they produce catchy, upbeat music that’s guaranteed to get your toes tapping.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was created by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. In February 2009 Graham joined with local musician Stuart Todd to launch Liverpool Acoustic Live, a monthly live music showcase featuring some of the best local, national and international acoustic musicians. Liverpool Acoustic Live won Live Music Night of the Year at the Liverpool Music Awards 2012.
Liverpool’s creative hub, the Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. As the most historic building in Liverpool’s city centre, the Bluecoat has four galleries. It houses a creative community of artists and businesses and runs a participation programme with local communities. The Bluecoat provides a creative hub for people to meet, talk, work, perform, question, create, craft, display and enjoy themselves. And a relaxing garden situated at the rear provides the ideal location to enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink in the summer.
LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Taking place between 18th August and 22nd September 2013, the Liverpool International Music Festival highlights the constantly evolving DNA of a global music city through expression, celebration and the new. It shines a spotlight on the city’s music heritage and showcases innovation and originality to create a festival everyone can enjoy.
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 98: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August – Liverpool Acoustic Garden
If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.
Spotlight 98: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August – Liverpool Acoustic Garden
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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