Congratulations to Maria Silker on winning the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2015. As part of her prize Maria will be performing a set at Liverpool Acoustic Live’s 7th birthday show in February and will be using it to launch her new album. She’s also been invited to perform at the Liverpool Acoustic Festival in March 2016 – more about that next year.
As far as December 2015 is concerned, it’s a quiet one for Liverpool Acoustic. We’ve got our weekly open mic running until 21st December plus our annual Christmas party with our friends at Acoustic Dustbowl on Friday 11th. There are plenty of other events taking place this month too, so keep an eye on our twitter and facebook accounts as we’ll be letting you know about them as and when we find out ourselves!
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC
@ SOUND FOOD AND DRINK
The weekly Liverpool Acoustic Open Mic takes place every Monday at Sound Food and Drink on Duke Street. The venue has a fine selection of drinks plus some of the best handmade pizza in town, and is a perfect setting for live music. Alternate weeks are hosted by Liverpool Acoustic’s Three Minute Hero (Stuart Todd) and K’s Choice Acoustic (Derek King).
Each night starts at 8.30pm, runs through to 11.30pm, and features one or two booked acts alongside the open mic. Musicians wishing to reserve an open mic slot can either turn up early and add their name to the list or request a slot online by posting on the facebook event page at facebook.com/liverpoolacoustic/events
Our final Open Mic of the year will be on Monday 21st December, after which we’ll be taking a two week break and re-starting on Monday 11th January 2016.
LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC & ACOUSTIC DUSTBOWL
It’s that time of the year when Liverpool Acoustic and Acoustic Dustbowl join forces for a joint Christmas party. It’s taking place at the home of the two events, the View Two Gallery, on the evening of Friday 11th December.
Performing on the night will be the Liverpool Acoustic Rhythm Kings – Graham Holland, Stuart Todd and Derek King – plus Acoustic Dustbowl’s The Southbound Attic Band and the Mudcat Brothers.
Our special guest is David John Jaggs from The Ragamuffins who impressed everybody with his set at the Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon at Threshold earlier in the year.
Tickets are available now in advance for £5.00 (+50p booking fee) from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic or for £6 on the door on the night. Doors open at the Acoustic Dustbowl time of 8.00pm and the music kicks off at 8.30pm.
All of our future live events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live and if you want to receive information about tickets before they go on general sale then sign up to our events publicity mailing list here.
If you can help us out by bringing us up to date, drop us a line using the ‘Contact‘ page. And if you have anything to add to the diary, just visit the ‘Diary‘ page and click the ‘Add Event’ button.
You say goodbye…
The Thursday open mic at Pogue Mahones has come to an end. Thanks to Dave Patterson for letting us know, and for his energy and enthusiasm in running it over recent years.
…and I say hello!
Drop The Mic is a new event taking place every Tuesday evening at Blind Tiger on Seel Street. It’s hosted by Shannon Bamford and you can find out more information online.
DECEMBER DIARY SELECTION BOX
Here’s a selection of some of the acoustic events taking place this month. Click on the event in the diary for full details and links.
Tuesday 1st – Cornmarket Acoustic Club presents Jimmy Rae and Friends @ This monthly club is seeing out 2015 in style with Jimmy Rae and a host of friends. It starts at 8pm and you can find out more on Facebook.
Wednesday 2nd – Grateful Fred presents Merry Hell (Acoustic) @ The Atkinson – Do we really need to tell you how good Merry Hell are? No, didn’t think so! The north west’s premier folk rock band is supported by Nottingham’s Luke Whittemore and hosts The Grateful Fred Ukulele Trio. Tickets are selling fast and you can get yours here.
Sunday 6th – Strings and Things Charity Christmas Special @ Studio Two. The night features The Soul Rays, The Buffalo Riot, Mersey Wylie, Neal John Oade, and Joe Symes and the Loving Kind. Entry is £2 minimum suggested donation which is going to the Christmas Homeless Shelter. Details on Facebook.
Thursday 10th – Lunacorona EP launch @ Studio Two – Join local group Lunacorona as they launch their new EP Two One None. Door open at 7pm and it’s free entry, with support provided by Geoghegan Jackson and Shoes4Brakes. Full details on Facebook.
Friday 11th – Liverpool Acoustic & Acoustic Dustbowl Christmas Party @ View Two Gallery – See above for details.
Wednesday 16th – The Parr Street Acoustic Sessions @ Studio Two – returning for a one-off Christmassy special, Thom Morecroft hosts a festive selection box of tasty acoustic talent. Watch the Facebook event for confirmation of who’s playing.
Thanks to everyone who has supported our events – both paid and free – during 2015. Don’t forget, if you want to receive advance notice of our future events, including secret links for tickets before they go on general sale, then sign up to our PR mailing list by clicking on the MailChimp below.
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.