Liverpool Acoustic Live, winner of Live Music Night of the Year at the Liverpool Music Awards in 2012 and 2013, celebrates its 5th birthday this week. Every month since February 2009 organisers Stuart Todd and Graham Holland have brought together some of the best local, national and international artists to play top quality music to an appreciative audience at the intimate View Two Gallery venue on Mathew Street.
Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 5th Birthday is taking place on Friday 28th February 2014 at the View Two Gallery at the heart of the world-famous Cavern Quarter. Headlining the event is local musician, songwriter, activist and tutor Alun Parry. Described as “A Merseyside folk God” (Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo) and “One of the most incisive songwriters on Merseyside” (Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside), Alun carries the spirit of Woody Guthrie into the 21st Century.
Supporting Alun Parry on the night are local collective Operation Lightfoot who will be providing music and visuals, Scarborough’s talented singer-songwriter Joe Solo, and winner of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2013 Alexandra Jayne.
Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland said:-
“Liverpool Acoustic Live was originally a one-off gig but we enjoyed it so much Stuart and I decided to make it monthly. Ever since the start we’ve supported up-and-coming musicians. Our first gig was organised for 14 year old Luke Jackson from Canterbury and featured Lizzie Nunnery, Ali Ingle and Stephen Langstaff. Stephen is now playing to large crowds at events such as Chester Rocks, Lizzie has starred in the Irish Sea Sessions, Ali won Best Male Artist at the Liverpool Music Awards 2012, and last year Luke Jackson was nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Stuart and I would like to thank everyone who’s played for us over the past five years and anyone who’s come along to watch and enjoy the fantastic range of performances from across the musical spectrum.”
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3. Operation Lightfoot, featuring Vanessa Murray – What If I Told You
4. Alexandra Jayne – 1969
5. Alun Parry – The Football Song
Alun Parry brings a distinctly Liverpool sound with his brand of self-written Irish American folk. He makes you smile, makes you think, and revs you up! Folk legends Roy Bailey and Dick Gaughan are amongst his fans.
His latest album When The Sunlight Shines received widespread critical acclaim. FATEA called it “a collection of irresistible, empowering, fresh-sounding anthems.” and the Liverpool Echo made it Album of the Week.
Alun also delivers wonderful song writing workshops, an ideal addition to any appearance.
Joe Solo has in his time been a busker, a barman, a kerb-counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of folk, punk and blues in his own right.
On top of releasing twelve albums in ten years, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War which he updates daily online; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Justin Sullivan, Emily Portman and The Blockheads; whilst his songs have been played by both John Peel on Radio One and Mike Harding on Radio Two.
Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
Operation Lightfoot began in 2013 as a collaboration to combine music and film between composer/songwriter Luke Moore and film-maker/musician Rich Geraghty.
Originally conceived for Threshold Festival in Liverpool that year, the duo assembled an impressive cast of guest musicians for their debut performance at Camp and Furnace in front of the four films made especially for the event. Since then they have been busy recording the opening tracks of an album that will showcase a number of guest artists across a range of genres, including two former Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge winners, Vanessa Murray and Silent Cities.
The distinct songwriting styles of the project’s founders explore a range of themes and are blended to produce a performance with a different guest vocalist for each piece. Operation Lightfoot’s versatile band line-up will feature strings, wind and percussion.
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 109: Friday 28th February 2014 – 5th birthday
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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