The Liverpool Acoustic Live monthly showcase returns to Mathew Street this coming Friday 27th May 2016 for a fantastic evening of top-class acoustic music in the intimate setting of the View Two Gallery‘s top floor performance space.
Headlining the show are Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Croth, better known as The Squirrel Hillbillies. This Pennsylvania duo delight audiences across their home state and around the world performing their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues in a style they describe as ‘rabidly social and clawingly curious’! You’d be nuts to miss them!
As an added bonus, The Squirrel Hillbillies will be appearing on Billy Butler’s BBC Radio Merseyside show on Friday 27th May from 2.00pm, so why not tune in and listen?
Special guest on the night is popular Protest-Pagan singer-songwriter James J Turner whose cracking new album Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud is a fine follow-up to 2012’s How Could We Be Wrong.
Opening the show is The Grateful Fred Ukulele Trio fronted by Grateful Fred Roots and Acoustic Night head honcho Colin Maddocks, along with Pete McPartland (The Big I Am) and Vince Gillespie. Trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed!
At the end of the working week, there’s nothing quite like a good night out listening to fantastic, original music in a warm and inviting venue. Come on down and experience it for yourself, and help support live music in one of the greatest music cities in the world.
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2. James J Turner – Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud
Taken from album of the same name available via James’ website
4. Four Alarm Fire – I’ll Take It All
5. Caroline England – Crashing Down
Caroline is releasing her new album Faking Wonderful at Thornton Hough Village Club & Bar on Saturday 28th May 2016. Full details on facebook.
Theme: King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They have performed more than 200 shows, including appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and the Leigh Folk Festival in England.
Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their CDs have gained radio play on stations across the US and around the world.
JAMES J TURNER
James J Turner’s much anticipated new album Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud is out now via Townsend Music. This is James’s third solo studio album, and was recorded in the same Liverpool studio as his critically acclaimed second solo album “How Could We Be Wrong” which was called the “best folk-rock album of 2012” earning him over 20,000 fans plus lots of UK and European radio play (including mainstream and regional BBC stations), live radio sessions and key live gigs including Witchfest – the biggest Pagan Festival in the world – in London in November 2015.
James has a unique solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic-Pagan music scene in recent years. A huge voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, carefully crafted songs. In recent years James has deliberated to consciously follow a Druidic – Bardic path; he is a member of OBOD, who are the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. The music on James’s new album is therefore imbued with his empathy for the human struggle, complex spiritual landscapes, plus a deep concern for the environment. Also on the new album are powerful and passionate vocal performances; characteristic James J Turner songs with strident lyrics, catchy melodies, anthemic choruses and strong hooks; plus first class musicianship from James (vocals / acoustic guitar / whistles / mandolin / shruti box), Vicky Mutch (cello), Amy Chalmers (fiddle /backing vocals), Etienne Girard (bass guitar), Jay Hughes (drums / cajon) and Henry Priestman (accordion).
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 27th May 2016
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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