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!
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1. Mary McCombs – Selling Flowers
2. Freda and the High Tides – Sweet Misery
3. Derek King – Spirals and Circles
4. Tom George – Don’t Want Trouble
6. Shoes4Brakes – Icarus
6. Chris Callander – Baby Blue
7. Jonathan Tarplee – No Tobacco, No Jesus
John Hall plays urban electric blues both solo and with the Salty Old Sea Dogs. He also goes under the name Herringbone John and the Kipper Doctors mixing covers and originals recording tracks on his label Smokehouse.
FREDA AND THE HIGH TIDES
3 girls, 1 g-string. What more can you ask for…
Freda and The High Tides were formed in 2011 through a shared love of dresses, smiles and wiggling bums. They are an all girl, Liverpool based, acoustic three piece playing original songs with an array of comical instruments/toys. Drawing influence from harmony legends such as The Beach Boys and the Dixie Chicks, their sets have been described as “frantic yet adorable” and “swoonsome country/folk”.
With songs about the ups and downs of life and love, and the odd bit of topical content thrown in, Derek is very much a songwriter for today, though he has been a musical performer for most of his adult life. At the tender age of 16 he played bass guitar in a post punk new-wave group which went on (without him!) to become the The Vapors, and he has since played in various bands and more recently as a solo singer-songwriter. A regular performer around Liverpool’s acoustic music scene, Derek is also an enthusiastic promoter of local music and hosts his own regular events under the name K’s Choice Acoustic.
Tom George has been a familiar face on the Liverpool scene for several years on many artistic fronts including poetry, journalism and videography; but his original and primary calling is music. Having played with various groupings of musicians, he is now a solo artist, playing guitar and singing lead vocals on his melodic, lyrically-engaging songs. Tom is currently performing pared-down acoustic versions of his tunes accompanied by jazz flautist George Roberts.
Shoes4Brakes is an acoustic two-piece band with guitar and Cajon drum playing driving, sun shining, top down tunes and upbeat feel, reaching back to the days when you stopped your BMX with your trainers. They play regularly throughout Merseyside.
Chris Callander is a singer-songwriter from Toxteth. Influenced by the songwriting of Tom Waits, the guitar playing of John Martyn and Ry Cooder and the lifeblood of everyday hopes, dreams and heartaches his mission is to write and perform songs that simply connect.
Jonathan Tarplee is a contemporary singer songwriter who has had his music used by the BBC and the SAS (Surfers Against Sewerage) among others! His songs have been described as soulful, edgy and distinctive, with a style compared to a variety of acts from The Dandy Warhols to Jonathan Richman. Jonathan has a solo album coming out this Autumn.
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 – Sunday 24th 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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