Some of you may remember last year The Philharmonic and The Caledonia joined forces to run an Americana Festival across the two venues. With the current closure of The Phil for redevelopment The Cally, one of the best little music venues around, has pulled out all the stops to present the Caledonia Americana Festival 2014.
Running for eight days from Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th July, the festival sees the Catharine Street pub play host to fine American and American-inspired music from around the world with gigs and workshops featuring bluegrass blues, cajun, country, folk, R’n’B, Rock n Roll, roots, soul, western swing, and more.
The music is all washed down with a selection of American craft beers and American-inspired drinks, plus boss burgers, art, literature and dance.
The full programme is listed below and can be found on facebook here. Keep checking back on facebook for last minute changes and additions. All gigs are free, although there are charges for some of the workshops.
Loose Moose String Band – Festival Opening Party 8.30pm
Our resident local Bluegrass heroes LMSB play a well lubricated mix of Bluegrass, Old Time & Western Swing. Add a sprinkle of 80s & 90s classic pop covers, a little Scouse charm and the party will well and truly get started.
Caledonia Ukulele Klub 6.30pm (Upstairs)
Our in house club of all things Ukulele meet every Monday. Conceived by Brian Farrell, who runs the club along with John Gunning & Izzy Ryder, players of all standards are welcome to join them in rehearsing a wide range of music for fun and performance.
Rob Heron & TheTea Pad Orchestra
with Ukulele Uff , Lonesome Dave & Brother Bill + Cast Iron Crew 8pm
Hard touring Rob & TPO join us (via everywhere) from Newcastle Upon Tyne and are firm Cali favourites playing a tounge in cheek collection of colloquial Blue, Gypsy & ‘North Eastern’ Swing Originals. Joined tonight by Liverpool’s KING of Ukulele Chris Hough and his band of old old jazz playing brothers plus Cast Iron Crew featuring the founders of our ukulele club.
Irish/Folk Session 1.30pm
Covering all the music that inspired the music our weekly Folk session founded by Liverpool band The Bog Standards is open to all players of all standards who wish to share their love of the mixed and varied genre.
Irish Fiddle Workshop £5 6.30pm Upstairs
Join Mikey Kenney (Bog Standards/Ottersgear) for a one hour workshop on Irish Fiddle style & Technique.
The Rip Roaring Success
with Three Decker String Band 8.30pm
Cajun Dancing Workshop £2 7pm (Upstairs)
Join Caledonia regulars and Mersey Swing members Carlee Graham & John Daglish for a fun and social dance session focused on the basics of Cajun Two Step. Just in time for tonight’s session!
Cajun Session 9pm
Our fortnightly Cajun Session hosted by Liverpool’s Bayou Noir is well attended by players from over Merseyside. Bring your instrument of choice or simply relax and enjoy the informal Louisiana vibes.
Bourbon & Rye Tasting Session £10 (Main Bar) 7pm
Hosted by Rob from Hope Street’s The 23 Club you will have chance to sample and discuss the ins and outs of 5 selected spirits.
with The Jesse Janes 8.30pm
Singer Songwritter, pint sized power mouth, from Pittsburgh now Netherlands based Kayleigh performs classic Americana/New Country originals penned via Vegas, Nashville & NYC. Tonight she is backed by Dutch based band The Wreckless. Support comes from Omagh born Liverpool based The Jesse Janes. An all-female Country/Folk trio, whose performance is, hinged on heavy three part vocal harmony and delicate string pics.
The Downtown Dixieland Band 9pm
Liverpool legends late of a weekly residency in The Marlbro now perform at The Caleodnia once a month. The classic, timeless Trad Jazz 6 piece have been performing together for decades are joined by regular guests Dave Searson (The Nudie Suits/SBNGPC) and Amanda Brown (Waysiders/Flamin’ Mamies) as well as other friends gathered along the way. This is one of those special nights that fills your belly with happiness, moves your feet to a dance and leaves you beaming for the rest of the week.
Liverpool Craft Brewer Discussion 4pm
Terry from Liverpool Craft Brewery will be joing us to talk about our special festival brew Centennial American IPA and all things American beer.
Western Swing/Country Lead Guitar Workshop £5 4.30pm Upstairs
Lead by ‘Lonesome’ Dave Searson, a one hour workshop, for existing guitarists looking to develop in the Swing direction.
Advanced Ukulele Workshop £10 6pm Upstairs
Beginners/Taster Ukulele Workshop £5 7.15pm Upstairs
Chris ‘Ukulele’ Uff has been running the advanced class fortnightly for some time. An extra class has been added here for the festival to allow beginner/intermediate players to come and experience his workshops and perhaps pick up a new technique. Advanced players looking to expand their skill set please join the 6pm class. Private Classes also available via firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Rickard & the Relatives
with The Yellow Belly Stragglers 9pm
London based Hannah Rickard & the Relatives touring on the imminent release of their first single play classic Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues tinged originals with a healthy dose of rare R’n’B covers. Fab vocals roll straight out of the 50s over a classic tight but not rigid backup. Support comes tonight from Liverpool’s Yellow Belly Stragglers. Stripped back 40’s and 50’s Jazz Rock’n’Roll Originals, with washboard and guitar solos, that’ll melt your bones. A night not to be missed.
The Martin Smith Quartet does Duke Ellington 4-7pm
Join one of our house bands and local trumpeting legend/musical hero Martin Smith. He and his band will lead you on a sweet Sunday journey through American Jazz via the music of Duke Ellington.
The Rainbow Girls and Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra 8.30pm
We close our festival with a double header of bands from Northern California.
Marty O’Riley is classic blues song writing and guitar influenced by generations of great American artist’s and recordings filled with ancient hiss. Travelling as a simple trio of Guitar, Bass and Violin it’ll be that perfect intimate hit of Old American Blues. Rainbow Girls close our festival with their well-travelled, multi instrument raw bluesy folk which’ll keep you dancing well past bed time. Their advance requests a microphone for Tap Dancing… it’s going to be a great night!
Caledonia Americana Festival 20th to 27th July 2014
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