ANNOUNCE - Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 open until 29th October
Double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live celebrates its sixth birthday with three top vocal, piano and guitar talents at Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery this coming Friday 27th February 2015.
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ROXANNE DE BASTION
Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. The young troubadour tours throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the United States, all on trains and busses. She self-released her debut album The Real Thing, produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in 2013 and has since then been championed by Tom Robinson on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, as well as MTV and Radio Eins in Germany. With Seeing You, Roxanne de Bastion continues to forge her own style and a unique approach to a classic musical genre.
Musically, Roxanne’s compositions are routed in the music of the 1960’s, but the tone of voice is very much her own and the stories told are expressed in a way that could only be now. Her lyrics range from introspective journeys in Seeing You and Same Moon, through to observations on instant gratification and repetition (Rerun) and the tearing down of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Roxanne’s town of birth (Wasteland).
“recalls moments of Martha Wainwright and Joni Mitchell”
“If you ever get a chance to go see her live – definitely do!”
– BBC Introducing
“One of the most perfect voices I’ve ever heard.”
– Tom Whalley, BBC 6 Music
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/l0MakOHNq8Y – Here’s the video for Seeing You, the title track from Roxanne’s current EP.
Cousin Jac is the project of songwriter Jez Wing. Performing solo, and featuring songs from debut album Believe Me To Remain as well as new material, the Echo & The Bunnymen keyboard player and previous BBC Young Folk Award winner drew from his Cornish folk roots and pop songwriting to produce Believe Me To Remain at the end of 2014. Recorded at Mello Mello Studios in Liverpool, whole grain church organ pop meets progressive bluegrass/folk on this journey of autofiction, ancestry and seafaring on the shores of the Atlantic. Jez has been showcasing the new album with a full band as well as performing solo, recently supporting Paper Aeroplanes on their UK Tour. The album is launched in Liverpool on 1st May 2015.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/Mwp6ATVn5GI – Here’s Jez Wing performing with his solo project Cousin Jac live a the Kazimier.
Jo Bywater’s latest EP, Chasing Tales has been described as “delicious, laid back folk-tinged Americana” and “unorthodox, uncompromising, simply brilliant”. Over the last few years she has been establishing her place in Blues, Americana, Folk and Roots music with sessions and airplay including BBC6 and Introducing and festivals including The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival and The Great British Rock & Blues Festival. She has been compared to Janis Joplin, Alanis Morrissette and Ani Difranco.
In January 2014 Chasing Tales was voted winner of FATEA Awards Best EP/Mini Album/Single of 2013.
In November 2014 Jo won the Judges’ Award for her song Riches to Rags at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge.
Jo is currently writing new material, collaborating with various artists and performing in the UK.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/RQGKGsnakEE – Featuring Andy Jones on electric guitar, here’s Chopping Wood from Jo’s Chasing Tales EP.
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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 27th February 2015
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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