On Friday 24th October 2014 award-winning singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford will be performing at Liverpool Acoustic Live (Live Music Night of the Year, Liverpool Music Awards 2012 and 2013). Originally from Pennsylvania, Zoe now lives in Manchester and tours on both sides of the Atlantic, and in May this year won the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition.
BBC Radio Merseyside’s On The Beat presenter Spencer Leigh said about Zoe, “These days there are thousands of singer/songwriters but only few have something new to offer. I think Zoe Mulford is very special.”
Supporting Zoe at the View Two Gallery on Liverpool’s historic Mathew Street is Katie Nicholas, winner of the Michael Molloy Youth Music Award at the Liverpool Music Awards 2013. Katie rose to prominence last year with her hit song Chemistry and was championed by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler.
Completing the lineup is Silent Cities, the solo project of Simon Madison, who like Zoe has received glowing comments from a high profile radio presenter. BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson said, “It’s not a question of chords, lyrics, melody or recording quality it’s simply that sometimes you can tell within seconds that you’re listening to The Real Deal. And – take it from me – this artist, my friends, is The Real Deal.”
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A set by award-winning American songwriter Zoe Mulford is like a small volume of short stories – evocative, beautifully crafted, and endlessly varied. Whether her starting point is a polar expedition in 1845 or a Greyhound bus ride in 2007, her vivid storytelling and down-to-earth humour take listeners on an enjoyable journey.
This warm and engaging performer backs her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo and draws on the traditional music of the US and the British Isles to make sense of the modern world. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now lives in Manchester and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WmyPFccRHgo – Here’s Zoe performing All The Songs Were Road Songs live at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse where she won the Performing Songwriter Competition this year.
“It’s not a question of chords, lyrics, melody or recording quality it’s simply that sometimes you can tell within seconds that you’re listening to The Real Deal. And – take it from me – this artist, my friends, is The Real Deal.”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music (21/05/2012)
“Silent Cities combine crisp acoustic sounds, a sense of deep layers and that soaring, vulnerable vocal to create twelve and a half minutes of tender, troubled beauty.”
Supajam (Eigenlicht Review)
“Extreme Buckleyness! Nice!”
Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Good Stuff – Great voice too!”
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 Folk Presenter
“It’s his extraordinary voice which sticks in the mind, as Simon channels the intensity of Jeff Buckley through a spooky Bon Iver-esque filter of haziness.”
Peter Guy, Liverpool Daily Post
“Who’s that guy who makes the whale noises again?”
Random jovial gentleman to a local promoter
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/NcJoxpCdWgU – Check out Silent Cities performing Hey Ooma for the Red Sofa Sessions at this year’s Above the Beaten Track Festival.
Katie Nicholas is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Liverpool and now living in London at a major advertising agency, JWT London, as a designer. With a love of country music and artists such as Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves and John Mayer, Katie also embraces her English roots with sounds relative to Gabrielle Aplin, Nina Nesbitt etc. She also explores pop music, americana, folk, pop/rock and more. So far in her short musical career she has captured global attention leading to trips around Europe and multiple cases of interest from Nashville and New York.
Nicholas gained a following online after publishing acoustic covers of obscure country songs and original tracks. Chemistry, one of her most popular songs, picked up at a relentless speed, capturing 100,000 viewers within three days. Not only the catchy song, yet the production of the music video (which she filmed and edited herself) caught her audience by surprise.
Katie won the Michael Molloy Youth Music Award at the Liverpool Music Awards 2013.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/0L5XjRpRU2M – With over 110,000 views on YouTube check out the video for Katie’s top song Chemistry.
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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 24th October 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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