After their previous sell out gigs “sublime acoustic duo TJ & Murphy” (Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo) return to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery on Friday 22nd August with new songs and old favourites. Expect interwoven vocal harmonies and a unique guitar style that can only be attributed to them. This is one of the must-see events of the Bank Holiday weekend and tickets are already selling fast.
Joining TJ & Murphy on the night will be Essex-based singer-songwriter Adrian Nation who recently had the honour of closing the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival. Completing the lineup are local group Mojo Storm who went down a storm (ahem!) at June’s Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon with their African inspired jazz/fusion sound.
Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser Graham Holland said “We’re delighted to welcome back crowd favourites TJ & Murphy for an intimate, acoustic set in the View Two Gallery’s performance space. These boys never fail to impress and I’m sure this night will be no exception. They will be perfectly complimented by the solo talents of Adrian Nation and the African-inspired sound of Mojo Storm. I can’t think of a better way to start the Bank Holiday weekend in Liverpool.”
UPDATE: TJ & Murphy will be appearing live on Billy Butler’s BBC Radio Merseyside show from 2.30pm on Friday 22nd August to talk about the gig, their future plans, and to play a couple of songs. You can listen live at bbc.co.uk/liverpool
Event: Liverpool Acoustic Live
Artists: TJ & MURPHY
Adrian Nation (Essex)
Date: Friday 22nd August 2014
Times: 7.45pm doors, 8.15pm start
Venue: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street
Tickets: £5 in advance, £6 on the door
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Duo TJ & Murphy are Thomas-Joseph Mealey (vocals, guitars) and David ‘Murphy’ Bower (vocals, guitars, piano). They joined together in 2008, releasing their acclaimed debut album ‘Weary Nights’ some months later. Since then they’ve toured Europe, Norway and England, and have released their second album ‘Hurricanes’ available to buy from tjandmurphymusic.bandcamp.com
“Beautiful harmonies and superb guitar playing.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
VIDEO PREVIEWyoutu.be/LE1tDVg_Z2w – Here’s a live recording of TJ & Murphy performing Notes In The Wind last autumn.
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.
“One man with a guitar sounds like a simple idea, but to take that guitar and create a set containing a variety of textures, moods and atmospheres is the hard bit and only a few can truly carry it off. Adrian comfortably sits with the best at this game. ” Andy Craig, Rothbury Roots
VIDEO PREVIEWyoutu.be/Lwep2a6Oc7I – Enjoy the blistering finger-picking from Adrian Nation as he performs the instrumental Five Finger Rapids live at A Feast Of Easter Folk in Gosport this year.
Combining Kevin Paton’s lilting West African twelve-string guitar and soulful conscious lyrics with Phil Hargreaves’ jazz/reggae inflected saxes and flute to produce an infectious, joyful sound that tempers an anger at injustice with a sense of delight at the beauties of the world, Mojo Storm are coming from Liverpool straight to your heart.
VIDEO PREVIEWyoutu.be/WGdH1lVP55o – Here’s Mojo Storm performing live at Celtic Bazaar in June this year.
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