Since childhood, he followed his parents around Europe and the Near East, assimilating the different cultures, atmospheres and sonorities of the places he was involuntarily taken to. This project is the transposition of those experiences into music and sounds: a mix of drone and ambient, steamy rhythmics, field recordings and sound-scapes
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IAIN TILL - 'In The Clouds' EP Launch Previously as part of Liverpool favourites The City Walls and a regular on the NW acoustic scene, Iain self released 2 folk / country tinged EPs to much acclaim. Melodic, pop sensibilities abound on this his new offering, in a return to a full band format and a sound paying homage to influences such as Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and Neil Young. Expect a wry smile and irreverent banter along with finely crafted songs.
Iain will play two separate sets - acoustically, accompanied by Cellist Stephanie Kearley, and secondly a full electric band set. ***FREE CD FOR ALL ATTENDEES*** As well as the launching of the 'In The Clouds' EP, which will be available on the night, upon entry there will be a free Iain Till CD for all attendees, containing outtakes, demos and miscellaneous recordings.
MUDCAT LANDING Mudcat Landing - Liverpool's own, a driving 4-piece who hurl their Americana influences into a huge mixing pot of scouse and serve up a nourishing bowl of 100% original rootsy rock. "In a perfect world there would be more bands like Mudcat Landing" Whisperin' and Hollerin'.
Author performance and book signing with Special guests Joy France & Gerry Clarkson. "One of the country's finest poets, both on the page and on the stage. A spirit at once empathetic and revolutionary. real words for heartbreaking times, a call to action" Attila the Stockbroker, poet & musician
In life and music, Emma Tricca is an explorer. Just as Davey Graham set sail for Morocco and Vashti Bunyan for the Outer Hebrides in search of their elusive muse, Rome-raised singer-songwriter Tricca has journeyed to London, New York, Texas and further afield to seek the heart of her own music. And like those renowned voyagers, she’s returned with a set of songs that refresh the tired old folk form. Tricca’s new album St Peter – created with a cast of supporting artists including global icon Judy Collins, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and Dream Syndicate guitarist Jason Victor – takes a bracing plunge into the unknown, leaving the folksinger tag far behind with a rolling collection of reverie-inducing raw diamonds.
Winnebago are a band of five dudes based in Manchester and the Yorkshire Hills sharing a love for all things Alt-Country. Expect no nonsense Americana Rock N Roll and a sound like Gram Parsons on speed wearing a Nudie Cohn Suit.
Real Terms release new single 'Padlocks' on June 29th through Superstar Destroyer Records. To celebrate, we're throwing a right old shindig with some wonderful friends from across the North.
Born and bred in Virginia, Amelia White cut her musical teeth as a young adult in Boston. Amelia graduated from staging plays in her back yard to writing songs as soon as she acquired an acoustic guitar.
She begged her brother to teach her guitar, then played it so much that he sold it to her - it’s still her main guitar to this day.
With influences such as The Beatles and Stones, her songs have a sweet soft side reminiscent of early James Taylor. The lyrics are more poetic than narrative, and her sinewy emotional voice and striking melodies will stick with you.
Join us for another night of improvised comedy and music, all made up on the spot for your entertainment, based on your suggestions.
Siobhan Wilson is quite the musical alchemist, creating an entrancing, intimate atmosphere with an enigmatic combination of her pure voice & mesmeric guitar playing. Siobhan’s story begins in Scotland, whilst studying classical music at school by day and prying apart her father’s record collection by night. The likes of Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Nina Simone informed her inquisitive young ears, and the likes of Regina Spektor and Madeline Peyroux inspired the music you can hear today. A well-travelled and manifold artist, she has led a musical life in various places: In France, where she relinquished the classical world for a burgeoning interest in jazz, immersing herself in the music of Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald, and the United States, where she recorded her first record in the musically fertile ground of Woodstock.
Pat Martin is 'The Gary Numan Experience'. A Fantastic Tribute show which includes a performance by 'Man Machine' Kraftwerk Tribute
Don’t miss out on this one-off opportunity to catch Henry in conversation with writer/broadcaster Paul Skillen, and singing the odd song from his eclectic back catalogue. (PS audience participation encouraged, including heckling!) It’s an incredible 41 years since Stiff Records released the classic cult single “Suffice To Say” by Liverpool band Yachts, with Henry Priestman as writer and keyboard player. Since then Henry has worked in so many different capacities within the music biz: founder member of It’s Immaterial and, following that, The Christians (for whom he wrote all the songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), a veritable roll-call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightening Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie/Mighty Wah, Ian McNabb, and Echo & The Bunnymen....and he even shared a mic and a #1 single with Paul McCartney!
Then there’s his production/co-writing work (with/for such diverse characters as Graham Gouldman, Mark Owen, Jason Donovan, Desmond Child, Lamont Dozier, Suggs, Cerys Matthews and Aled Jones) to say nothing of his film and TV work (BBC Natural World, ads, and Xbox James Bond game etc). But it’s in the last 10 years that he’s really managed to find complete artistic satisfaction (and what fun he’s had too), nowadays his work being mainly taken up with writing/recording his own albums (3 in total so far), and touring the UK, with his partner-in-crime Les Glover, mixing ramshackle chaos & tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures. You could say he’s managed to cram quite a bit into those 41 years!
Ginger will be calling in to 81 Renshaw to play a few songs ahead of his evening performance at the Philharmonic. The former Quireboys & Wildhearts frontman will also be signing some vinyl in the front bar.
We are normally closed during the day on Tuesdays but will be opening up at 1pm for the event prior to Gingers arrival around 2.30pm.
Luke Tuchscherer is an acclaimed singer/songwriter from Bedford, England, now living in New York City. His introduction to the UK Americana scene came via the highly regarded alt.country band The Whybirds, with whom Luke sang and played drums. The band released three studio albums (The Whybirds, 2008; Cold Blue Sky, 2010; A Little Blood, 2013), a live album and an EP. Their records attracted strong reviews from the British and international music press, including notices in Uncut (ALB - 7/10), Classic Rock (CBS 7/10), R2: Rock N Reel (ALB 4/5, LRv1 - 4/5, CBS 4/5), Maverick Country (CBS - 4/5), Daily Express (ALB - 4/5), and Songwriting Magazine (ALB - 5/5). In 2011, Luke and Suffolk-based producer Tom Peters (who worked with the 'birds on Cold Blue Sky) went into the studio to start on what would become Luke's debut solo record. Named You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense a title lovingly borrowed from Charles Bukowski the album was released on 6 October 2014. Upon release, the record garnered universal critical acclaim (see press for details). It was voted second best album of the year in Americana UK's reader's poll (while Luke was named second best male artist) and featured on multiple "Best of 2014" lists. In August 2015, Luke signed a publishing deal with Southern Crossroads Music, and in March 2017, signed a record deal with Clubhouse Records. His second album, Always Be True, was released through Clubhouse on 2 June 2017. The album again received universal critical acclaim, and reached #15 in the UK's Official Country Chart and #25 in the Americana Chart. Luke is 34 years old, he lives with his wife and two cats, and his surname is pronounced Tuck-Shearer.
Powerhouse Town sees six lives collide in a Manchester betting shop. By closing time one of them is dead. Eileen, the manageress, sees them all….the lovers, the leavers, the bobbers, the weavers. Betting on anything, the dark horse, the flight of a ball, the upturned hand full of the wrong cards. Drawing on issues of industrial decline, political disaffection, and the false hope that a flutter provides, each characters life story shows how it’s never a straight line from start to finish.
Back by popular demand, WWDN brings you our themed Open Mic Night...Come and join us for our Open Mic night.
Pick a song and sing your socks off, or just grab a beer and sit and listen to a wonderful night of musical theatre. We will have lots of sheet music with us and a very talented accompanist but feel free to bring your own sheet music also.
All are welcome as always! £4 entry/£3 Concessions & WWDN members.
STEVE ROBERTS Mercury Music Award nominee, Steve Roberts has one of rock & roll’s most underrated and essentially unknown voices. Although the soulful singer/songwriter is recognized in his hometown of Liverpool, England, mass exposure is something he has yet to achieve. He began his musical career in 1981, posting an ad on a notice board, in search of a band that shared his Jam and Kinks influences. Steve’s went on to form ‘16 Tambourines’ and Steve found a vehicle for his smooth, unpretentious vocals. The group was eventually signed to Arista Records and released one LP, How Green Is Your Valley?, in 1990. Steve later created the Acoustic Engine a network of gigs for singer songwriters and working with members of the Lightning Seeds and The La’s released ‘It Just Is’ in 2001, receiving a Mercury Award nomination. In 2005 he released a second solo album Shake it Make it and Don’t Fake It and followed it quickly with an album from a new band Captain Pop which reunited him with a couple of former 16 Tambourines. Steve is recording a number of new songs to be released soon under his own name and with the band Captain Pop.
ROSENBLUME Inspired by the folk greats of Greenwich Village, Laurel Canyon and beyond, Liverpudlian troubadour Rosenblume displays his penchant for songs wrought with passion and emotion, breathing new life into an art of writing long forgotten. "Absolutley Gorgeous" JANICE LONG BBC RADIO 2 "My first BBC Introducing Artist of 2016; Rosenblume... This is just fantastic" BOB HARRIS
BEN DLUGOKECKI Ben Dlugokecki is a Southampton-based singer/songwriter and after being on a 3-year hiatus, Liverpool is his first step on the way to his comeback. Ben Dlugokecki has been compared to the likes of David Gray, Paul Simon, Elbow and Damian Rice. Six of the biggest shows to date were supporting million-selling artists 'David Gray', 'Snow Patrol', Corinne-Bailey Rae', 'The Proclaimers' & 'Lu Lu' on their world tours, playing to thousands of people with his Southampton based-band 'Dlugokecki'.
Roxanne de Bastion announces a stripped back acoustic tour to celebrate the launch of her first book, 'Tales From The Rails'. The book is a collection of stories, which takes the reader from RDB's very first open mic event in the UK through to her set at Glastonbury Festival in 2016. RDB sings deep and delicate songs that dance between left-of-the-middle pop and 60's inspired rock. Her 2017 release 'Heirlooms & Hearsay' made the UK independent music scene take note: from BBC Radio 6 Music, to Clash, FATEA and R2 Magazine, the nation is falling in love with the London / Berlin artist, who delivers sharp social commentary with a pure and instantly recognisable voice. Over the past 18 months, de Bastion has opened for the Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore & Lambchop, toured in the US and has graced Cambridge Folk Festival's stage 2.
Gazelle was captivated by jazz from an early age. She sang and played piano throughout school and on discovering a love for Nina Simone, picked up the clarinet and composed her first song 'Jazzy Chocolate'. Whilst studying chemistry on a university exchange year in Versailles, Gazelle found herself unhappy and longing for the creativity she left behind in her youth. This encouraged her to drop out and move into an underground art commune in Paris, working as an Au Pair in the daytime and singing in a band with her housemates at night. Here she quickly taught herself guitar and ignited a love for the seminal electronic rhythms of Jamie Woon and influential beats of Robert Glasper.
On her return to the UK Gazelle started writing her own songs on the guitar and performed regularly in Liverpool Bars, developing her unique vocal sound.
Matt Dunbar is a Musician from the border county of Northumberland. Taking influence from various genres such as Americana and folk.
His Debut EP 'Home' was released in March 2017 and peaked at #1 on the Amazon Digital Folk Chart and at #5 on the Amazon Digital Album Chart.
“An effective and stunning statement of truth, Home is the place to be.” - Liverpool Sound & Vision
“ ‘Home’ proves to be a lush record of folk rock songs that display considered personal reflections alongside disciplined music production.” - NE Volume
Holly is an emerging singer-songwriter who grew up in the moors of the Durham Dales. Her debut EP 'Ilex' was released in 2017 and saw success in radio play from BBC 6 Music, and a feature on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing.
Merging a fevered imagination and solid song writing with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off. UNCUT magazine says "Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" while Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent." His evolving "band" of self-made sound sculptures include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', but he never leaves his trusty guitar out of the equation too long. Thomas crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'. His nine studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs from The Films Of David Lynch'. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, The Dresden Dolls, Bob Log III and the late author Terry Pratchett. A new album ‘All that Heaven Allows’ has been garnering national airplay on BBC6 and extremely positive reviews. "His gigs are extraordinary, fizzing with showmanship." -Q