Operation Lightfoot to play Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge Showcase Final next Friday
Operation Lightfoot will be performing at this year’s Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge Showcase Final on Friday 27th November 2015 at the View Two Gallery, Mathew Street.
Operation Lightfoot’s Luke Moore (c) Shay Rowan
Amongst those performing with Operation Lightfoot at Liverpool Acoustic’s fifth annual Songwriting Challenge event are 2014 winner Jo Bywater and Kaya Herstad Carney, who continues as one of the judges this year. ??“I didn’t know it at the time, but the challenge to write inspired by one of the gallery’s artworks when entering this event three years ago was one of the catalysts for Operation Lightfoot”, says the project’s founder and artistic director Luke Moore. “It’s been amazing to work with so many great co-writers and musicians, plus the View Two Gallery is a favourite venue of mine so I’m excited to be there again”.
The performance will incorporate projections from visual artist Max Da Silva Willis, including some pieces produced especially for the event.
Operation Lightfoot’s debut “Eighteen” was with Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2012 winner Vanessa Murray and co-produced by one of the challenge judges, Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios. Since then, the project has continued to develop and has also attracted commissions to write new music.
Ten talented local songwriters have won a place at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2015 Showcase Final taking place on Friday 27th November at Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery.
Songwriters from across the region submitted brand new songs inspired by works of art on display at the View Two Gallery during the entry period in September and October. Judges Stephen Langstaff, Kaya Herstad Carney, Robert Vincent and Jon Lawton listened to all of the entries and gave each one a score based on lyrics, melody, composition and originality. The points from the judges were added together and the songwriters with the ten highest scores were awarded a place at the Showcase Final.
Each of the ten finalists will perform their song at the Showcase Final with an image of the work of art that inspired it projected onto the wall for everyone to see. At the end of the night the winner of the Judges’ Award will be announced and a vote will be taken to find the Audience Favourite winner. The winning songwriters in each category will have their songs professionally recorded at Crosstown Studios and will receive a free vocal or songwriting tuition session from Balance Vocal Studio.
In addition, there will be a special performance on the night from Operation Lightfoot, including songs developed with two former Songwriting Challenge winners Jo Bywater (2014) and Vanessa Murray (2012).
The finalists are (in alphabetical order):-
Charlotte Lynch – Still Counting
Denis Parkinson – My Disease
Hilde Gundersen – Queen Of The Middle
Ian Janco – Lines
Isabel Lim – Pretty Talk
John Jenkins – Summer of 76
Keir Howard – Fall On My Horse
Maria Silker – The Right Goodbye
Richard Chirybust – Alley-Rat Blues
Tom Stichbury – An Apple a Day
Each of the ten songs is available to listen to on the Songwriting Challenge SoundCloud page where you can also see the work of art that inspired it and read the lyrics.
Entry to the Showcase Final is £5 in advance only and tickets go on general sale from 9.00am on 13th November. All money raised will be divided between Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Woolton Centre and Garston Animal Rescue in memory of Liverpool Acoustic team member Sharon Jones.
Please note this event starts promptly at the earlier time of 8.00pm with the doors open from 7.30pm.
Preview: Songwriting Challenge Showcase Final @ View Two 27/11/15
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