ANNOUNCE - Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 open until 29th October
For the second year running the double award-winning 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 23rd and Sunday 24th August, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, the Bluecoat garden will once again be filled with the sound of fantastic music from fourteen of Merseyside’s best acoustic acts plus a couple of special guests from further afield. 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!
To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 117 to download for free.
1. The Big I Am – Collecting Skies (Single Mix)
2. Adrian Nation – Five Finger Rapids
4. Roxanne de Bastion – Buckle Up
5. Iain Till – Oh, Sweetheart Of Mine
6. SheBeat – Always On The Run
7. The Southbound Attic Band – Compromised
8. John Chatterton – Piece 1
ADRIAN NATION [Essex]
With a new live album released earlier this year Adrian Nation is going from strength to strength gaining new followers across the UK and increasingly in Europe. “Live at Crossroads” perfectly captures the songwriting and guitar playing of the man that is described by Guitar and Bass Magazine as “a superior fingerstyle troubadour“. With appearances at festivals all over the country including most recently the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival where he closed the weekend, Adrian is considered to be among the best fingerstyle guitarists currently on the scene in the UK.
“Adrian Nation is a tall, handsome, unmade bed with a clear, soulful voice and a heart full of great songs.” – Stephen Fearing
Simon Cousins is a singer songwriter from Liverpool who played with Mike Badger and the Onset in the 1990s. He has just released his first solo CD Given Songs after a comeback starting in 2010 that has seen him play at a couple of Glastonbury Festivals as well as the Liverpool Acoustic Garden event at last year’s LIMF.
ROXANNE DE BASTION [London]
Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. The young troubadour tours throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the United States, all on trains and buses. Roxanne de Bastion releases her new EP ‘Seeing You’ on September 22nd via Hidden Trail Records. Seeing You was recorded in London and produced by Ben Walker (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee). The EP contains 4 new tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he’s] ever heard”.
A regular and popular visitor to Liverpool, Roxanne will be back at the View Two Gallery on Friday 12th September for Acoustic Dustbowl, supporting American country musician Tom Shed (tickets here).
Iain Till is a solo singer-songwriter, and bassist with local band The City Walls. He self released his debut EP last year which was well received, and played regularly on Liverpool and Manchester circuit with Steph Kearley on cello. After a short break from gigging both solo and with The City Walls, Iain will be releasing a new solo EP in the Autumn, and will be stepping out once again.
SheBeat is a Liverpool singer songwriter. Expect tales of romantic misadventure and perfect portions of hum-a-long folk pop. 60s influences mix with modern day troubadours PJ Harvey and Norah Jones.
THE SOUTHBOUND ATTIC BAND
The Southbound Attic Band is singer songwriter Barry Jones and Ronnie Clark. Their guitar, harmonica, bass and vocal harmony combination create Celtic flavoured acoustic Americana with an English Folk Rock sensibility and catchy melodic songs with a dark edge.
….a Liverpool born guitarist, Johns’ regular sets include instrumental & improvised works with the occasional melange of different genres based on & around well known rock standards together with original pieces!
‘Music is a healer when in the right hands, and in the carefree but talented hands of John R. Chatterton, music becomes something to cherish and nurture’ – Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound & Vision
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.
Liverpool Acoustic Garden – Saturday 23rd August 2014
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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