Local Singer-songwriter Derek King will be launching his new album ‘Seasons’ at the View Two Gallery this month, with support from Nicola Hardman, and Gary Maginnis & the Like.
The event, on Friday 17th June 2016, sees K’s Choice supremo and Liverpool Acoustic open mic host Derek King joined by a number of musical friends who’ll be accompanying him on songs from the new album alongside some from his popular 2015 album Sometimes.
Advance tickets are £8 which includes a copy of the album, or £5 without. Entry on the door on the night is a very reasonable £6.
Why not join us for some fantastic, original acoustic music at the heart of the historic Cavern Quarter and support your local music scene?
To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 149 to download for free.
1. Derek King – Summer Breeze
2. Derek King – Better
Taken from the new album Seasons available from Derek’s website
3. Nicola Hardman – Little Fish
Buy Nicola’s album Full Beans by contacting her via her facebook page.
4. Gary Maginnis & the Like – The Way I’m Thinkin
Taken from the mini album Ghost Town Blues available to buy from Gary’s website
5. Merry Hell – Summer Is A-Comin
Taken from the current album The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories available to buy from their website. Merry Hell will be playing at the Music Room on Friday 13th(!) January 2017 – SET THE DATE!
6. Gary Maginnis & the Like – Black Jeans & Cigarette Smoke
Available on a ‘name your price’ basis from Gary’s website.
From Gary: “I have song called Black Jeans & Cigarette Smoke that I am using to raise money for a charity set up by my aunt and uncle after my cousin passed away at 11 years old. The charity is called Smart (NI) and money is being raised for football pitches in rural parts of Ireland (he was a big gaelic football and football fan), as well as for Cruse Bereavement Care.
Theme: King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water
With songs about the ups and downs of life and love, and the odd bit of topical content thrown in, Derek is very much a songwriter for today.
Having been a musical performer for most of his adult life, Derek’s musical journey began at the tender age of 16 when he played bass guitar in a post punk “new-wave” band. The band went on (without him!) to become the “the Vapors” and enjoyed a respectable amount of success and a couple of top ten hits. Having the wrong hair-style for the Vapors meant that Derek went in his own musical direction and became a gigging solo artist around the Guildford area for a while.
Later on he moved to Liverpool, where he has lived for the past 20+ years, and he has played in various bands before more recently finding his niche as a solo singer-songwriter. His song “Perfect Days” was awarded a “Commended Entry” certificate in the 2012 UK Songwriting Contest and in 2013 and 2014 his entries “Beautiful in Blue” and “To Be a Boy” were both finalists in the prestigious Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge.
A regular performer around Liverpool’s acoustic music scene, Derek is also an enthusiastic promoter of local music and co-hosts regular events with Liverpool Acoustic.
Nicola Hardman is a Liverpool based wandering minstrel of sorts, best known for her theatrical songwriting performed with voice and piano. “Little Fish” a composition of Hardman’s being very popular amongst her listeners. Described by Liverpool Sound and Vision: “The key to the song resides in her ability to place an almost perfect, certainly enticing key that plays, wriggles, on the hook and dances with a solitary, tempting thought”
After spending several months performing her songs in and around the UK, she collaborated with producer and guitarist Dan Barker to create her debut album “Full Beans” a 10 track piece described in the Buz Magazine as “No average run of the mill record.” Together with a live band; bassist Shawn Charvette, drummer Phil Mann and guitarist Dan Barker the 4 of them launched the album at Liverpool’s art and performance space 24 Kitchen Street in December 2015 and went on to play the album on tour.
Hardman continues to perform as a solo act around the UK and is working on new material for her next project. “There is something about Nic that draws you in, captivating you, leaving you wanting to hear more” Buz Magazine Mar 2016, Full Beans Review.
Born and raised in the Irish countryside, and now living in an English city, Gary Maginnis combines these backgrounds with his experiences and observations to craft songs and stories that are both emotive and personable. As well as these experiences Gary draws from a wide range of influences across a number of genres such as blues, folk, country and Irish traditional music to create a unique blend.
The Like are a 3 piece acoustic band featuring Shane Sweeney on acoustic Guitar, Declan Sands on Bass and Claire Smith on vocals. The band bring their own songs as well making sure that Gary Maginnis & The Like have a lot of material to draw from no matter the setting.
“This is reality, the partaking of accounts that happen to be part of a person’s many chapters of existence, no recrimination, just pleasing music filled with the air of humanity.” – Liverpool Sound & Vision
“This is a fascinating EP. it’s songs that matter. And the songwriting is first-class”- Fatea Magazine
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 17th June 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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