Liverpool Acoustic Newsletter – April 2014

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Liverpool Acoustic Newsletter

It’s April 2014 and we’re full of the joys of Spring with the first Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon of the year at the View Two Gallery, plus another cracking lineup for this month’s Liverpool Acoustic Live. Added to that the normal array of top quality events taking place at venues across the city and beyond, including the Shanty UK: Sea Shanty and Maritime Festival over the Easter weekend, and April is set to be another busy month for lovers of acoustic music.



Liverpool Acoustic Open Mic takes place every Monday evening at Sound Food and Drink on Duke Street. Hosted by Three Minute Hero (Stuart Todd) each night features a mix of booked acts and open mic. If you want to play and would like to book your slot in advance you can do this by posting on the event page at



The Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon returns to the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street on Saturday 12th April for another chilled out afternoon of acoustic music featuring our regular mix of open mic and a couple of booked guests.

Playing for us will be Simon Cousins and Rachael Dunn. There will also be plenty of open mic slots available so why not come along and give us a song or two. Don’t forget we’ve got a grand piano in the performance space so if you’re a singer-songwriter-pianist then you’ll be in your element!

You can join the facebook event at

All of our future live events can be found at and if you want to receive information about tickets before they go on general sale then sign up to our events publicity mailing list here.



Liverpool Acoustic Live is all set for yet another cracking  gig at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street.

Headlining the night are visiting guests Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. Cathryn and Brian have been performing together for many year at venues around the world and we’re fortunate to have been able to book them for our event. Cathryn is from Richmond, Virginia and has performed with Chet Atkins and The Righteous Brothers. Brian Willoughby is perhaps best known as a member of Strawbs, but has also worked with Roger Whittaker, Joe Brown, and Monty Python. Both Cathryn and Brian have accompanied Nanci Griffith.

Supporting Cathryn and Craig will be local musician Joseph Topping who, when he’s not touring with Elbow Jane or Ashley Hutchings’ Rainbow Chasers, performs solo or with his new band JT and the Vagrant Kings. Joe has been described as a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady – high praise indeed!

Completing the lineup is 16 year old Paddy Clegg from Huyton who has burst onto the local scene recently and has impressed many people with his catchy songs and energetic performances.

It’s all happening on the evening of Friday 25th April 2014. Tickets will be available in advance for £5 from or for £6 on the night. Doors open at 7.45pm with the music starting at 8.15pm.

You can join the facebook event at

All of our future live events can be found at and if you want to receive information about tickets before they go on general sale then sign up to our events publicity mailing list here.



If you can help us out by bringing us up to date, drop us a line using the ‘Contact‘ page. And if you have anything to add to the diary, just visit the ‘Diary‘ page and click the ‘Add Event’ button.

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  • The Parr Street Acoustic Sessions takes place every fortnight on Wednesdays. It starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 11.00pm and is free to attend. Hosted by that loveable rogue Thom Morecroft, each night features six acoustic artists, with the lineup for Wednesday 2nd April being Shannen Bamford, Stereo Electric Mistress, Tom George, Niamh Jones, Ste Neildsy, and Moxie. You can find more information on the facebook page here.



Here’s a selection of some of the acoustic events taking place this month. Click on the event in the diary for full details and links.

  • Wednesday 2nd – Rita Hosking @ Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson. Californian music star Rita Hosking with support from Garron Frith plus the Grateful Fred house band. Tickets here.
  • Friday 4th – Snøkrystall @ The Scandinavian Church. Mellowtone and Rebel Soul combine to bring a special night of music in this intimate venue. Performing on the night will be Silent Cities, Ragz Nordset, Henry Pulp, X-Ray Katt, plus Beaten Tracks DJs and Wunderkammer. 7pm start, £6 advance, £8 on the door. Tickets here.
  • Wednesday 9th – Heidi Talbot @ The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University. Always popular when she visits, Heidi is joined on stage this time by the combined talents of John McCusker and Ian Carr. Tickets (plus concessions) are available at
  • Friday 11th – Burning Hell @ Acoustic Dustbowl at View Two Gallery, with support from The Mudcat Brothers and The Southbound Attic Band. Tickets are £5 in advance or on the door. 
  • Saturday 12th – Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon @ View Two Gallery – 1pm to 4pm and free. Open mic, plus Simon Cousins and Rachael Dunn.
  • Monday 14th – Dubl Handi @ The Grateful Fred Cafe Sessions at Cafe D’Art. Details of this ultra-intimate gig can be found at
  • Friday 18th to Sunday 20th – Shanty UK: Sea Shanty and Maritime Festival @ National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Full details can be found at
  • Saturday 19th – The Songbook Sessions with Emma Stevens @ The Zanzibar, with support from Thom Morecroft and the Full Moon Band, TJ & Murphy, Professor Yaffle, and Alexandra Jayne. Tickets £6.50 on the door at 7.30pm.
  • Saturday 19th – Eddi Reader @ The Brindley. Former member of Fairground Attraction, Eddi has continued the success with her subsequent solo albums. Tickets are available from
  • Wednesday 23rd – Cara Dillon @ The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University. Cara Dillon has a staggeringly beautiful voice and a collection of songs to match. Tickets (plus concessions) are available at
  • Thursday 24th – Doug MacLeod @ Johnny’s Blues Club at Liverpool Marina. Rightly acknowledged as a torchbearer of the acoustic blues the man from St Louis, Missouri, is one of the last remaining bluesmen who learned from the old masters. Nominated in no less than three categories at the Blues Foundation Awards 2014, Doug MacLoud is definitely not to be missed. Tickets are £11 in advance or £12 on the door at 8pm. Info and tickets from
  • Friday 25th – Liverpool Acoustic Live @ View Two Gallery. 7.45pm doors, 8.15pm start, tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door. Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby, with support from Joseph Topping and 16 year old Paddy Clegg.
  • Saturday 26th – Only Child Album Launch @ The Zanzibar, featuring The Liva String Quartet, Sirens, Jon Lawton, and Vanessa Murray. Tickets are £5 on the door at 7.30pm. Facebook event here.



Congratulations to those musicians who won their categories at the Liverpool Musicians’ Awards last month. If you know of an acoustic event that’s happening and you’d like to tell us all about it (preferably before it happens!) then drop us a line using the Contact form or add the event using the form on the Diary page.

Graham – on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic Team



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Liverpool Acoustic Newsletter – April 2014



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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. It contains an extensive diary of acoustic events, from festivals, theatre concerts and folk clubs to showcases and open mic nights. The News and Reviews service is available as a free email subscription and carries news about upcoming events, reviews of cds and gigs, interviews with local musicians, and a newsletter on the first of each month.