ANNOUNCE - Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 open until 29th October
Liverpool Acoustic eXtra makes a welcome return to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery this coming Friday 13th March 2015.
This one-off event features four of Liverpool’s best and brightest acoustic musicians in the form of energetic headliner Thom Morecroft, Liverpool Acoustic’s Three Minute Hero (Stuart Todd), country-infused Mark Pountney, and free-spirited Alister Said.
So why not spring into Spring and treat yourself to an eXtra slice of award-winning Liverpool Acoustic goodness this Friday?
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1. Rob Jones & Rob White – The Boy From The City
2. The Southbound Attic Band – The Girl For Me
3. SheBeat – Freaky Crazy
4. Alister Said – Next Time
5. Mark Pountney – Sorrow Killers
6. Thom Morecroft – On All Night
7. Stuart Todd – Think Of Tomorrow (extract)
8. Three Minute Hero – The Busker
Theme music: Neil Campbell – Solid Ground
“Cheering, addictive” and “powerful” are the words used by founding editor of Mojo Magazine Paul Du Noyer to describe Thom Morecroft.
With tracks that have been featured on BBC6 Music by Tom Robinson (and winning three 2014 Liverpool Musicians’ Awards in 2014), this Shropshire-born 24-year-old enjoys a healthy live presence and reputation in the north-west.
Having recently released his new single ‘On All Night’, Thom, with his accompanying band The Rhythm Section, is currently putting together a new album for 2015.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/1FXBEENZLCg – Here’s the official video for Thom’s single On All Night – enjoy!
THREE MINUTE HERO
Deriving the name from a song by 2-tone ska band The Selecter, Three Minute Hero is a semi acoustic artist active on the live music scene. The brainchild of Liverpool songwriter, musician and award-winning promoter Stuart Todd, Three Minute Hero fuses raw social commentary with an eclectic mix of melodic material; elevating the classic three minute pop song by giving it a subversive lyrical twist.
AUDIO PREVIEW soundcloud.com/threeminutehero/happy-hour-at-the-sunrise – Have a listen to Stuart’s performing Happy Hour At The Sunrise, an ever-popular live song.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/N2csc4n3qYg – Watch Mark performing his original song Feels Like I’ve Come Home.
Alister Said. Born and raised in Bootle and has the scars to prove it! Got serious about original music at a later stage and formed his first band ‘Ohio Rain’ which after staff changes eventually split in 99. Alister was then contemplated leaving the idea of being a singer/songwriter behind, when a close friend suggested doing some recording at his house which ended up being called ‘The Rainy Day Session’ This recording was the push which cemented the idea and the very reason to continue. 2001 Las Vegas was the next stop, quickly forming alliance with major players on the scene the ‘Alister & Crew’ open mic series was born. Also forming a band which had a number of quality line-ups and playing the big venues on and off the strip, Alister had made a name for himself.
Returning to Liverpool 2005, Alister started formulating ‘The Tillerman Concept’ which is a unique marketing strategy for artists in the business of the self being the product. Together with the Tillerman team they made ‘Your Ticket’ happen, birthing a new method of business. Topping the creation with ‘Your Penny Tree’ a charity which would feed from ‘The Tillerman Concept’ and be governed by the people they where set to launch officially in 2008 but unfortunately, Alister became unwell and had to have surgery which sidelined everything. After numerous attempts to put another band together, TAP UK and Chief Seattle being two which where examples of the quality and depth of his writing.
Eventually Alister finally met with Frank and Carl who had just re-opened the Lomax where Alister had played back in 99. After spilling his beans with the pair, it was agreed that on the same page they where. It was almost a year after that meeting when Alister moved in to Lomax hosting ‘The Tillerman Radio Show’ every Friday. This was just getting real momentum when the radio station people pulled out putting the show on hold. Now, after all that has happened it would appear that those who reached out will now receive. Society The Clown is on the wind and The Tillerman Show is already known.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/SebucWSK_fc – Recorded live at the Lomax, here’s Alister performing crowd favourite Mellow Meltdown for Culture City TV.
If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland and Stuart Todd on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music alternates between King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water, and Solid Ground by Neil Campbell.
Preview: Liverpool Acoustic eXtra – Friday 13th March 2015
Stuart Todd runs and hosts the award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live music events with Graham Holland. Stuart was formally in the group Triad before leaving to do solo work. In recent years he has had a successful partnership with local classical guitarist and composer Neil Campbell with whom he formed the duo Campbell Todd. He has also been in the band The Freebies and involved with a number of creative writing projects. His current band is called Three Minute Hero.
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