Mellowtone and Liverpool Acoustic are teaming up to present a series of evenings with Liverpool-based songwriters, in the intimate surrounds of the Lantern Theatre Liverpool, nestled in the heart of the Baltic Triangle.
Songwriters at the Lanternis a new event that gives songwriters the opportunity to play songs old and new, talk about the inspiration behind them, and share insights into the creative process.
Songwriters at the Lantern #1 takes place on Thursday 17th September 2015 and features Paul Straws playing the best from a back catalogue of a decade’s worth of material. Lauded for his ‘great songwriting’ by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and oft championed by Dave Monks (BBC Introducing) Paul is a well-known figure in Liverpool’s acoustic fraternity.
“After delighting with light, well-crafted mandolin and ukulele led folk pop, the local songsmith plays two filthy numbers straight from the oeuvre of Prince.” (Bido Lito – live review)
UPDATE 17th September
Due to illness Gary Stewart is no longer able to make it, but we’re pleased to announce his support slot is being filled by the mighty Dave O’Grady. Currently making waves around the world with his new band Seafoam Green, tonight O’Grady is returning to his acoustic roots for this special show.
And no Mellowtone event would be complete without Beaten Tracks DJs spinning tunes to please the ear and invigorate the soul.
This is the first joint gig between Liverpool Acoustic and Mellowtone, and we hope you can join us in this new venture.
Paul Straws is a well disciplined student of both the craft of songwriting and the ancient art of loop pedalling. He is on the road in 2015 playing the best from a back catalogue of a decade’s worth of material – lauded for his ‘great songwriting’ by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and oft championed by Dave Monks at BBC Introducing.
On record, Straws’ songs are beautifully awash with mandolins, ukulele, glorious harmonies and gorgeous cello, and tells tales of love, life, regrets, and whatever else happens to be bothering him at the time. Live, Paul performs with as many instruments as he can carry to a venue and puts them all through his loop pedal. In the past year, he has supported Scott Matthews, Simone Felice and Mary Epworth.
Straws is gradually building his following, both on and off line, aided by his DIY passion for collaborating on his videos, produced by Liverpool TV, including a hand drawn animation for “You Wouldn’t See It That Way”. He has also managed two top five entries in the Qatar alternative radio top 40, including a number 1 for “The Crooked Branches Fall”.
Preview: Songwriters at the Lantern #1 – Paul Straws
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.