Last August Adrian Nation won a host of new fans after playing a memorable support slot at the View Two followed by a set at the Bluecoat for the Liverpool Acoustic Garden (part of Liverpool International Music Festival). At the start of 2015, and following a recommendation from Liverpool Acoustic’s Graham Holland, Adrian was asked by Sky Arts to audition for their new show Guitar Star. Hosted by Edith Bowman and with judges Nitin Sawhney, Helen Sanderson and Huey Morgan, the aim of the show was to find the UK’s best new extraordinary guitar player. From the thousands who applied, Adrian won a place at the national auditions and was one of only four guitarists to make it through to the acoustic heats where he was mentored by guitar legends Rodrigo y Gabriela before performing to an invited audience at London’s Bush Hall.
Support on the night is provided by young, smoky-voiced blues singer Sophie Anderson, fresh from a live session with Dave Monks on BBC Introducing in Merseyside, a support slot at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for Roseanne Cash, a performance at FestEvol, and being the Liverpool Echo’s Buzz Artist of the Week.
Completing the lineup is FABIA, the musical incarnation of London born, Liverpool based singer-songwriter and pianist Fabia Anderson who entwines classical and contemporary folk, soul and Baroque-pop.
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1. John Jenkins – The Paris Wife
2. Denis Parkinson – Instant Daylight
3. FABIA – The Idea
4. Sophie Anderson – The Doctor
5. Adrian Nation – Coming Of The Day
6. Shoes4Brakes – The Flame
Theme: Solid Ground by Neil Campbell
Adrian Nation, Father, Brother and Son, a writer whose songs come from the heart and capture your soul. From his home town of Holland on Sea in Essex UK these songs are painted from a life of hard work, love and passion and a feeling of connection to all things, to feel part of something that is bigger than himself.
This year has brought some exciting and wonderful changes for Adrian, just off a run on Sky Arts Guitar Star, this year he has completed very successful UK and Dutch Tours and in November he will embark on his first ever Canadian tour. “The Dream and The Adventure continues”
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/WPyFAENvwFs – Watch Adrian Nation’s audition onSky Arts Guitar Star. His performance of an original composition Five Finger Rapids impressed judges Nitin Sawhney, Helen Sanderson and Huey Morgan so much that they picked him as one of only four guitarists to go through to the acoustic heats.
Sophie Anderson is a blues singer based in Liverpool who has a surprisingly big voice which has been described as “animalistic” and “sensational.” She has recently performed in The Liverpool Philharmonic in support of Roseanne Cash, and has played in The Kazimier as part of Festevol.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/UvoNaAEvqcw – Here’s Sophie Anderson performing The Healer Man for the ATP Sessions.
‘FABIA (Fabia Anderson) is a singer-songwriter from London now living in Liverpool. She came to Liverpool 4 years ago to study music and has been performing her solo material since November 2014 in venues across the North West and London. Entwining the classical and contemporary, FABIA fuses influences of folk, soul and Baroque-pop into her own individual style. Alongside her solo work FABIA can be seen playing in contrasting bands The Soul Rays, The Good Host and The D-Tales.
FABIA is usually seen around Liverpool with her somewhat large musical accomplice, ‘Roland’. 28th August sees her returning to View Two Gallery’s grand piano, giving Roland a well-deserved night in.’
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/vvCCsxhUryk – Watch FABIA perform her original song The Idea live in the studio.
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 Live – Friday 28th August 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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