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Liverpool Acoustic are joining forces with their friends at Little Panther to bring a musical showcase to the View Two Gallery, an oasis of calm in the crazy jungle known around the world as Mathew Street.
Headlining the night this coming Friday 24th April 2015 will be versatile Manchester-based artist and musician Gideon Conn.
Support comes in the form of two more Little Panther musicians, Liverpool Acoustic favourite Alex Hulme and newcomer Songs For Walter.
Completing the lineup is former Just By Chance member Liz Owen who’s currently gaining new fans as a solo artist.
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1. Cousin Jac – Lightning And Thunder
From the album Believe Me To Remain available to buy from iTunes
2. Ragz – Run
3. Songs For Walter – Tougher Than A Soldier’s Boots
4. Liz Owen – Yours And Mine
5. Alex Hulme – Back Of The Pack
6. Gideon Conn – I Want You Around
7. Nick Ellis – St David’s Day
After finishing a degree in sculpture at MMU, Gideon decided to become a builder, but nipped that in the bud after 8 months because it was very hard work. That was the point when he decided to be a full time artist and musician. He became a feature on the Manchester indie folk scene and was known for doing drawings at gigs and giving them to bands as a souvenirs.
Known for effortlessly blending acoustic folk and hip hop, Gideon has a unique performance style which make audiences very happy.
December 2007 was the release date of Gideon’s first single ‘I want you around’ a 10″ vinyl released on Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s label Mannequin Records. It was Xfm playlisted, and breakfast single of the week on Shaun Keaveney’s 6 music show. This was followed by a BBC Maida Vale session with Huw Stephens. UK Support tours with Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Jason Mraz followed in 2008 along with appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude and several other festivals. ‘Trademark’ featured on Rob Da Bank’s Bestival A-Z compilation.
2009 – runner up in red stripe music competition (Ben Howard won), UK tour with folk pop group 6 Day Riot, also documentary ‘Hitting Home -Good Luck Gideon’ aired on Manchester’s Channel M. Acoustic single ‘Londonderry’ released on newly formed independent label ‘New Bop Sounds’ which became the title of Gideon’s debut full album released September 2010.
The second album ‘Take It all’ (released June 2012 on Tantrum Records), shows Gideon at the height of his song crafting powers. The record opens with lead single Fall Under Tokyo, a pumping radio tune with pure pop beats, soaring synths and Gideon’s mellow-sweet vocal. The Record features a vocal track from Josephine on Colours, a beautiful classic sounding soul ballad.
2013 brought a UK tour with alternative Brighton based act, Bunty (Resonators). and a joint October tour and split 12″ vinyl release called ‘Highlights and Perceptions’ with independent Scottish singer Donna Macioca. 2014 was spent writing and recording a new album of soulful hip hop for release in 2015. The sound is lead by a Fender Rhodes fed through a loop pedal with sat back grooves. the writing is a combination of personal and humanitarian.
‘I don’t believe in genres – I believe in songs.’
‘The people of Britain may not know it yet, but Gideon Conn is one of their national treasures.’ – Scroobius Pip
‘What’s going on in that crazy noggin of yours?’ – Russell Brand
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/HnAE1fA56_w – Here’s Gideon Conn performing a live version of his classic song The Man Who Drives Around Selling Fish.
It’s been a hell of a ride for Garstang-born, Liverpool-based Alex Hulme. After graduating from LIPA where he played for Sir Paul McCartney and Billy Ocean, he has gone on to support a wealth of artists including Willy Mason, Willis Earl Beal and Emmy the Great.
Coming from the small town of Garstang in rural North Lancashire Alex set out to play at every available venue, pub, open mic night and street corner he could find. It wasn’t long before people started to take notice and Alex released three home recorded EPs with the help of Manchester indie label Cityscape Records all of which were received with critical acclaim from places such as BBC introducing and ultimate-guitar.com and ultimately lead to Alex performing his first Festival tour in 2012 which saw him at places like Kendal Calling and Liverpool Soundcity.
February 2015 saw the release of Alex’s new EP, Back of the Pack.
“A beautiful song and a wonderful melody” Sir Paul McCartney
“A great voice and a great understanding for melody” Billy Ocean
“His ability to command the room was nothing short of remarkable…” Bido Lito Magazine
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/5Kf5qKZQeiE – Check out the video for Alex’s brand new single Back Of The Pack, out now.
SONGS FOR WALTER
When it comes to family, many of us keep things close to our chests. But rather than keeping his kin hidden in an old dusty photo album, Laurie Hulme’s alter ego, Songs for Walter, is more likely to be found celebrating them in a song. His inspiration is his late grandfather, Walter. One listen to Songs for Walter and what you’ll hear is a stunning memoir of one extraordinary fellow and his strangely wonderful world celebrated in a delightfully sweeping soundscape.These are songs that people can relate to – Hulme draws his influences primarily from his hero, Nick Drake, with a sound that’s meticulously gentle all the while spanning generations through unpolished reflections of the past, present and future. It just goes to show that man or beast, you never quite know what’s waiting for you around the corner.
“I really love lo-fi stuff, there’s something so much more honest about it,” explains Laurie Hulme; “and what you lose in quality you gain in character.” Songs for Walter reminds us that essentially, life is sweet.
The first EP from Songs for Walter, ‘Meet Me at the Empire’ was released by Red Deer Club (UK) and Bleeding Gold (US.) With numerous features on blogs and magazines, this was accompanied by national radio play on BBC 6 Music from DJs Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson. From this EP he has enjoyed success releasing his first single “Merry Go Round” on The Drums’ Holiday Records imprint.
Songs for Walter evolved into a full live ensemble with accompanying musicians and has played shows around the UK supporting bands such as Ghost Poet, Slow Club, Cloud Control and Big Deal.
Throughout 2014 Songs For Walter released a series of free download singles gaining further airplay, this time from Radcliffe and Maconie on BBC Radio2, as well as receiving Lauren Laverne’s ‘MPFree Track of the Day’ three times! The song “Tougher than a Soldier’s Boots” saw SFW short-listed for Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent competition.
Following a run of Spring 2015 tour dates around the UK and France, Songs for Walter is just about ready to release his new single, “Useless” that will take this Summer by storm. Laurie’s unique and heartbreakingly beautiful sound continues to capture the ears of radio DJs around the country.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WaAzApMgNCE – Check out Nick’s Song by Songs For Walter, all about Nick Drake, as performed on the Silent Sessions.
Liz Owen is a singer, songwriter and guitarist based in Wirral. Although she has no major musical influences, she writes about subjects that strike a chord with her in any way imaginable. She writes straight from the soul with folky fingerpicked phrases and some deeper, heavier riffs.
Throughout her career she’s been blessed to support Joan Armatrading and Midge Ure on numerous occasions during their UK tours and has had her music featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Merseyside.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/w1_vFDaGxjI – Enjoy Liz performing In The Dark as part of the Lemon Hippo Sessions last year. Great stuff!
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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 24th April 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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