Liverpool is set for a memorable night of live music and poetry when respected American poet and lyricist Larry Beckett visits for one of only two UK shows.
Larry Beckett, who was Tim Buckley’s lyricist right up until his untimely death in 1975, will be reading some of his poetry and lyrics on the evening of Friday 26th June 2015 in the intimate performance space in Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery.
Larry wrote the lyrics to Song to the Siren, first released on Buckley’s 1970 album Starsailor and subsequently covered by a diversity of stars including George Michael, Half Man Half Biscuit, Robert Plant, The Chemical Brothers, Sinéad O’Connor, and Bryan Ferry.
Joining Larry will be The Long Lost Band who will be performing Song To The Siren, plus new song On The Hook. Larry wrote the lyrics for On The Hook in early summer 1975 but Tim died before composing the music. Four decades later Larry Beckett gave the lyrics to The Long Lost Band who completed the song and will be debuting it on the night at the View Two.
Support on the night is provided by local singer-songwriter David James Robertson, plus duo Geoghegan Jackson.
Tickets are limited for this rare, one-off gig in the intimate View Two Gallery so advance purchase is recommended.
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1. The Long Lost Band – On The Hook
with lyrics by Larry Beckett
from the album One More Mile released Summer 2015
2. David James Robertson – Shining
from the album Forgiven, available from David’s website robertsongs.co.uk
3. Geoghegan Jackson – Threads
4. Merry Hell – No Money
from the brand new album The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories
available to buy from merryhell.co.uk
5. Dan O’Connor – The Other Shore
from the album of the same name, available from acousticseed.com
Poet and lyricist Larry Beckett lives in Portland, Oregon. Beckett started his musical career playing drums in a band with Tim Buckley, and went on to work with Buckley to compose many well-known and loved songs such as Song to the Siren.
Beckett composed the lyrics to On The Hook in early 1975 and dictated them over the phone as Buckley wrote them down (see photo of Buckley’s handwritten note). This was one of the last songs Larry and Tim worked on together, but the song remained unfinished as Tim tragically died before writing the music.
Fast-forward 40 years and Larry Beckett gave the lyrics to Lancaster’s The Long Lost Band for them to complete. The finished version was released on YouTube on 31st May 2015 and will be performed at the gig in Liverpool on 26th June.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WsxYfkYR7I8 – Here’s Larry Beckett reading the last lyric written for Tim Buckley ‘On The Hook’
THE LONG LOST BAND
Formed in Lancaster, UK in January 2010 The Long Lost Band quickly got things together and recorded their first album ‘The Big Light Secret’. Released in September of that year to acclaim from sites like Louder Than War, within 9 months of forming, they found themselves supporting Icicle Works star Ian McNabb on his solo tour and Mercury Prize nominees ‘I Am Kloot’ at their homecoming gig in Manchester Cathedral.
The band hit the local circuit & played many slots in Liverpool’s lively scene and picked up Radio interest from the famous Radio Caroline where they ended up writing and releasing a cheese free big Christmas track called ‘Twelfth Knight’ with Caroline DJ Peter Antony, who championed the band regularly on his show. Airplay of the single ‘Refuge’ was heard on BBC Radio Merseyside via Dave Monks and the band made a live studio appearance on BBC Radio Lancashire in December 2012.
The band also played a regular slot every year supporting Ian McNabb and he joined them onstage at The Lomax in Liverpool in 2013. That year also saw them release their second album ‘Death Of The Album’: the title, a playful swipe at hasty notions of the formats demise, and it was 72 minutes long! That gathered more positive press from Louder Than War – ‘a wild and beautiful ride’ & Penny Black Music – ‘a fantastic album’ and airplay from Radio Caroline, giving the band a good foothold for what was to come.
Larry Beckett (Oregon, USA) respected poet and lyricist to Tim Buckley, started writing with the band in 2013 after Stuart Anthony, a long standing Tim Buckley fan, got in touch with the poet, asking for lyrics to write songs to. Larry gave Stuart the lyrics to ‘On The Hook’ which was Tim Buckley & Larry Beckett’s very last, yet unrealized song. Tim Buckley was given the lyrics by Larry in early summer of 1975, but Tim died suddenly in June of that year, before the music was written. So four decades later The Long Lost Band, given the lyrics by Larry, wrote the music in 2014, bringing the song to life. The band continued the collaboration with Larry Beckett, and have produced an album together called ‘One More Mile’ due for release June 2015.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/AklkV-_JxwQ – Here’s the completed version of On The Hook with lyrics by Larry Beckett (originally for Tim Buckley) and music by The Long Lost Band.
DAVID JAMES ROBERTSON
Liverpool’s long lost singer-song writer David James Robertson is back home with a debut solo album to celebrate a 20 year journey from the banks of the Mersey to the world and back again.
‘Forgiven’ was two decades in the making and is a calling card for a born musician whose talent and easy charm has won friends wherever in the world he has plugged in his guitar and dusted down his trusty mouth organ.
With his heart in his home town and his dreams on the same open roads travelled by heroes Neil Young and Steve Earle this 10 track album marries a love for Americana with a passion for lyrics which stir the soul and melodies to move the hardest of hearts.
Mixed and mastered by Mike Cave (Rufus Wainwright, Thea Gilmore and John Martyn) at The Loft studio, Liverpool, Forgiven looks out across the vistas of Wim Wender’s American West with an infectious ear born from years of building a live reputation across the UK and further afield. You can read Liverpool Acoustic’s review here.
Geoghegan Jackson are an exciting acoustic duo based in Liverpool, UK, playing original indie/folk music and gigging widely (recently supporting Hazel O’Connor in both Liverpool and Chester). With Susie Geoghegan on guitar and Helen Jackson on vocals, and with influences including John Martyn, Nick Cave and Patti Smith, they’ve been compared to “The Pixies – unplugged”, with hauntingly hypnotic soundscapes of subterranean longings.
Their EP, “Parlour in the Sun” was described by Liverpool’s influential Probe Records as “a great debut five-tracker from a local pop/folk duo. Very early 70s – Margo Guryan, Susan Christie – Bacharach even!”
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Recent Review (Threshold Festival 2015):
“With Unit 51 running the seemingly obligatory half hour late, we only caught a couple of songs from the sultry Geoghegan Jackson, backed only with a single guitar player. The stripped back vibe was pretty impressive, with Jackson’s haunting and direct vocals providing a moody counterpoint to the evening’s largely over-exuberant bands” (Getintothis)
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Preview: Liverpool Acoustic Live – Friday 26th June 2015
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