Johnny’s Blues Club has some top class acoustic gigs coming up this Autumn that we wanted to share with you.
If you’re not familiar with it, Johnny’s Blues Club started life as ‘Blues at the Liverpool Marina’ in November 2005 with the prime objective of presenting live performances by top class blues and R’n’B artistes from the UK and abroad. The programme of shows covers the broad spectrum of the genre from Delta and Piedmont acoustic styles, through Chicago and West Coast influences to rocking Texas blues. Previous gigs have been held at Liverpool Marina, Garston Royal British Legion, and Fogherty’s on Smithdown Road.
In addition to an exciting and varied programme of roots and blues music, Johnny’s Blues Club is also known for raising thousands of pounds for the Children’s Heart Association.
Full details, including information about how to get hold of advance tickets, can be found at johnnysbluesclub.co.uk
Hans Theessink Friday 19th September 2014
Liverpool Marina £11 adv, £12 door Doors 8pm, starts 8.45pm
Dutch master, Hans Theessink, is one of the finest European exponents of the blues. He complements his rich baritone vocals with top class finger-picking guitar work and binds his performances together with a warmly-presented selection of intriguing stories. No stranger to Liverpool, Hans has already delighted Johnny’s Blues Club audiences and packed the Rodewald Suite of the Philharmonic Hall with his legion of admirers. This will be another world-class acoustic blues concert at the Marina, which the connoisseurs of that genre of music are eagerly anticipating.
Matt Andersen from New Brunswick, Canada, delivers a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. In 2010 Matt won the 26th edition of the 2010 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll and home of the blues, Memphis, TN. Blues musicians from all over the world, including 39 states, 12 countries and 5 continents, were chosen by their respected Blues societies to compete in venues on the world famous Beale Street. In June last year, we had the pleasure of enjoying Matt’s sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid with his sorrowing and soulful voice and astonishing guitar playing. His return to Liverpool is eagerly anticipated.
Martin Harley, supported by Sam Lewis Friday 14th November 2014
Fogherty’s Function Room £11 adv, £12 door Door 7.3opm, start 8.30pm
A lifelong devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin Harley has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Not only very popular in the UK, he has also earned a huge following in the US.
As in November last year, Martin will be supported by East Nashville rising star Sam Lewis, who plays a modern style of blues infused with the influences of Ray Charles and Van Morrison, in what is guaranteed to be another evening of genuine quality.
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.