May 2014 is here, and this month’s Diary Selection Box is once again chock full of fantastic live music events for you to enjoy. Has the local music scene ever been as healthy and exciting as it is at the moment? Let us know which events you’re planning on attending.
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC @ SOUND
Liverpool Acoustic Open Mic takes place every Monday evening atSound 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 facebook.com/liverpoolacoustic/events
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC LIVE
This month Liverpool Acoustic Live takes place at the View Two Gallery on Mathew Street on Friday 23rd May.
Headlining the night are Amanda Kostadinov from Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, and Berlin-based singer-songwriter Richard de Bastion (father of Roxanne de Bastion). Amanda and Richard will be joining together for the first time since 1997 with a showcase of original material.
Support on the night is local singer-songwriter She Drew The Gun who has featured recently on Dave Monks’ BBC Introducing Merseyside show.
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Tuesday night’s weekly Fresh Sessions at Schmooze Wine Bar near Penny Lane is moving to a first-Thursday-of-the-month event from May. If you’re reading this on 1st May you might be in time to catch it, with special guest Brains for Breakfast. Thom Morecroft hosts.
You say goodbye…
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And I say hello…!
There’s a new Open Mic nigh at Mathew Street Live (above Eric’s) every Wednesday starting on 7th May. It’s hosted by Ian McNabb from The Icicle Works, runs from 9.00pm to 1.00am, and entry is free.
The Norton Arms in Runcorn has a new Open Mic Night on the first Friday of every month from 8.30pm to 11.00pm. It’s free to attend and they have some decent cast beers! Why not pop along and play a song or two? You might even impress enough to win a slot at the weekly Early Evening Acoustic Sessions which take place every Friday.
As mentioned in the previous bullet point, the Norton Arms features a different performer every week from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Friday. You can go along to listen and enjoy the good food too. If you want to perform then have a go at the Open Mic first so they can see what you can do. For more information check out their website or facebook.
MAY DIARY SELECTION BOX
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.
Thursday 1st – The Fresh Sessions @ Schmooze Wine Bar. Now on the first Thursday of the month, free from 9pm. Special guest tonight is Brains for Breakfast.
Friday 2nd – BASF 23 @ View Two Gallery – Music and Film Showcase in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, with music from Joe Symes and the Loving Kind, Dog Star Rose, and more. Details on facebook here.
Saturday 3rd – WeBe40 @ The Adelphi. In addition to the News from Nowhere event from 5pm there’s also the Liverpool Socialist Singers performing from 12.30pm and Claire Mooney from 3.3opm.
Saturday 3rd – Rough Island Band album launch @ The Scandinavian Church – with support from Black Mountain Lights, Louis Romegeux, and Lizzie Nunnery. Details on facebook here.
Sunday 4th – Steve Roberts & The Visitors @ Stamps – Steve makes a welcome return to Liverpool to play the Formby Village Festival. Details on facebook here.
Wednesday 7th – Polly and the Billets Doux @ Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson. Support from Steve plus Grateful Fred. Tickets here.
Friday 9th – Quiet Loner @ Acoustic Dustbowl at the View Two Gallery. Support from Katreena Erin plus the Southbound Attic Band. Tickets here.
Sunday 11th – Strings and Things @ Studio 2 – Stillhet Promotions brings you Kalandra, Ingrid Frosland, Little Sparrow, and Susie Jones. Just £2 on the door! Details on facebook here.
Tuesday 13th – MeanMary @ Grateful Fred Cafe Sessions at Cafe d’Art. Details here.
Wednesday 14th – Blue Rose Code @ Leaf – Mellowtone host the return of Ross Wilson – AKA Blue Rose Code – with support from MG Boulter, plus Beaten Track DJs. Facebook event here.
Thursday 15th – Viper 100 Spectacular @ Sefton Park Palm House – Mellowtone – celebrating the label’s 100th release. Tickets here.
Saturday 17th – John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) @ The Kazimier – Mellowtone, in association with Ceremony Concerts. Tickets and info here.
Thursday 22nd – Tom Hickox @ Leaf – Harvest Sun present London’s Tom Kickox – info and tickets here.
Friday 23rd – Liverpool Acoustic Live @ View Two Gallery. Amanda Kostadinov from Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, and Berlin-based singer-songwriter Richard de Bastion, with support from She Drew The Gun. 7.45pm doors, 8.15pm start, tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door.
Sunday 25th & Monday 26th – Farm Feast @ Claremont Farm, Bebington. Wirral Food and Drink Festival has a new name – Farm Feast – and a major commitment to live music with Mellowtone looking after the Courtyard Stage, and The Dovedale Social looking after the Main Stage. Artists include Silent Sleep, The Mono LPs, Rob Vincent, Ottersgear, The Springtime Anchorage, Dominic Dunn, The Wirral Ukulele Orchestra, Emilio Pinchi, David Hirst, Mike Badger and the Shady Trio, The Southbound Attic Band, and more. Details available here.
Tuesday 27th – Jon Gomm @ Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, as part of his UK and Ireland tour. Details on facebook here.
Friday 30th – City of Music volume 2 launch party @ Sound Food and Drink – hosted by Derek King and featuring some of the artists on the second City of Music compilation album. Details coming soon and available on the facebook page.
Saturday 31st – Ian Prowse and Amsterdam @ EVAC – full band set including brass section. There’s nothing more to be said about this other than ‘be there!’ Tickets £12 from seetickets.
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Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded 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. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.