Gerry Murphy’s The Art and Craft of Songwriting is a 10 week course that helps students to develop their songwriting skills. The course looks at the history of modern popular song, and the meaning of words such as melody and lyrics. Also covered are areas including song structures, pre-conditions of creativity, anatomy of a ‘hit’ song, developing themes and ideas, and getting going. There will be plenty of time to write your own songs and to receive constructive feedback from the rest of the group.
Previous songwriting experience is useful though not essential, and the ability to play guitar or keyboard is an asset.
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.