ANNOUNCE - Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017 open until 29th October
Merseyside musician Mark Pountney brings his unique brand of Scouse Americana to Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery this coming Friday 23rd October when he headlines the double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live.
Formally a member of the Mojave Collective, Mark has gained critical acclaim in recent years with his two solo albums, Mark I and Mark II, and has a reputation as one of the best singer-songwriters around.
Supporting Mark on the night are two band front-men playing rare solo sets.
Nick Ellis (The Blue Soul) plays music which has been described as ‘a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn’. Zach Jones (Getintothis) wrote “Ellis is a brilliant songwriter, with total disregard for the genre boundaries that can so often restrict acoustic artists.”
Paul Dunbar (The Midnight Ramble) is an award-nominated and critically acclaimed singer songwriter and solo artist who has played shows and festivals across the UK and Europe with the likes of Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Big Country, and the James Taylor Quartet.
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1. Mark Pountney – Minnie the Mouse
The albums Mark I and Mark II are available to buy from Mark’s website
2. Nick Ellis – St David’s Day
The Resurrection Men will be playing at the Liverpool Acoustic Halloween Special on Saturday 31st October 2015 at the View Two Gallery.
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Theme: King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water
Mark Pountney (AKA Mark Delaney) is a local singer-songwriter formally with the Mojave Collective. His current musical project is primarily about shedding the restrictions of a “band” format and working with no fixed musical style and with an extended family of musicians to have fun and make music.
Mark quickly followed up his debut solo album release with a second instalment of original songs – Mark II – released earlier this year. In stark contrast to his debut album, Mark I, he has taken a step back in time to revisit some of his earliest material. Recording for the album began shortly after the release of the debut with Mark playing all of the instruments himself. There’s little doubt that these tracks owe their sound to the musical influences of his formative years.
Mark is currently working on his next album to be called Mark III.
Nick Ellis is a Liverpool based singer/songwriter and guitarist performing a style of streetscape narrative-noir blended with a classic British acoustic approach. Song and Melody. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as ‘a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn’. Ellis is also is the lead singer/songwriter with Liverpool beat modernists The Blue Soul.
Nick Ellis on writing: “…I see my Songs as chapters and scenes. My Albums as movies and books. Except, in this film, these stories are true…”
Nick Ellis on his sound: “…I like to use the guitar polyphonically when I play solo. I like to make it sound like a busy day, a place, an environment. And incorporate all those sounds you hear in the street. The conversations. The rhythms of the rain. The music of the traffic.”
Quote from Getintothis review by Zach Jones at Liverpool’s Nordic Church gig Feb 6th 2015: “Ellis is a brilliant songwriter, with total disregard for the genre boundaries that can so often restrict acoustic artists. Ellis brings forth song after song of cohesively chill provoking material that spans from blues, folk and country yet continuously remains in Nick Ellis’ unique style. He is more upbeat than out previous act, yet still maintains a dark brooding ambience that echoes throughout the church.”
Liverpool-born and raised Paul Dunbar is an award-nominated and critically acclaimed singer songwriter and solo artist. Having played shows and festivals across the UK and Europe with the likes of Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Big Country, James Taylor Quartet, Heartless Bastards, Ian McNabb, Phantom Limb to name a few, he’s described by many as having the air of Joe Cocker with echoes of Bruce Springsteen and the delivery of Otis Redding.
Paul’s debut E.P entitled ‘The Ghost’ will be released in Spring 2016, featuring 5 tracks and promises to be an ambitious offering.
He recorded a single back in 2014 entitled ‘Hands Down’ which received wide critical acclaim and wanted to follow it up with a collection of songs which best showcased his songwriting versatility, hence the longer wait for ‘The Ghost’.
Paul is also the founder, lead singer and songwriter behind critically-acclaimed and award-nominated soul/rock/blues act The Midnight Ramble. The band are currently working with top producers Marc Joy (Oasis, Radiohead, Primal Scream) and Paul Thompson (Ellen and The Escapades) on a follow-up to 2013’s successful ‘High Time/Live’ album.
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 23rd October 2015
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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