Thursday, 28 February 2013

Promoter Focus// Liverpool Acoustic

Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon is returning to Threshold for the third year, The artists will be playing at Elevator Bar on Parliament Street on Saturday 9th March. They have announced an exciting and varied lineup for you to enjoy.

The lineup is as follows:

2.00pm – The Tenements
2.30pm – Ronan Boyle
3.00pm – Caroline England
3.30pm – Gary Edward Jones
4.00pm – Three Minute Hero
4.30pm – Jody Cooper
5.00pm – The Southbound Attic Band
5.30pm – Laura&Claire
6.00pm – Ben Stafford
6.30pm – Synne Eileen & The Sunbeams
The Tenements are a trio from Merseyside playing a blend of dark melodic folk rock and roll,with influences from Love to the Pixies to Simon and Garfunkel. The trio was formed in Jan 2013 and are looking forward to playing the Threshold Festival.

Ronan Boyle gave up his career as a Rocket Scientist and aspirations to go to Mars to become a full time Troubadour and has been writing songs and singing ever since.Based in Liverpool, Ronan has developed his craft, developing a powerful and emotive delivery and wrapping heart felt lyrics up in memorable blues and folk melodies. His influences are Elliott Smith, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Josh Ritter and many more, Ronan has worked with some of the finest musicians in Liverpool to create a new and unique sound. He is currently writing and in preproduction for recording to be release this year.

Caroline England has been making waves in the local music scene for the past ten years and has firmly established herself as the north west of England’s best kept secret with her prolific songwriting and unique, world-class vocal talent. The music is highly influenced by her environment and she lives on the corner of the Wirral peninsula in the sandy seaside town of Hoylake near Liverpool, well known as a creative hub for the arts and its maritime heritage. Caroline is currently half way through recording a studio album due for release at Liverpool Acoustic Live on Friday 26th July 2013.

Gary Edward Jones is a singer songwriter from Liverpool, Gary performed at the Palms Hotel Acoustic Asylum to great acclaim – it was the confidence boost he needed to change his life and pursue the path he had always dreamed of. Behind the exterior of Gary the builder, lies a unique ability to translate some of life’s most extreme sensitivities into powerful, meaningful music steeped in soul. Gary’s talent has seen him produce tracks with fellow singer songwriter Thea Gilmore and drummer Steve Barney.

Three Minute Hero are a semi acoustic power trio active on the Liverpool music scene. The name derives from a song by 2-tone ska band The Selecter. The brainchild of Liverpool songwriter/musician and award winning promoter Stuart Todd, Three Minute Hero mixes raw social commentary with melodic folk styled power pop; taking the classic three minute pop song and giving it a subversive lyrical twist. Influences include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, CSN&Y, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Police, Tom Robinson Band, The Specials, The Housemartins and Billy Bragg.

Jody Cooper is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter with a powerful voice – at once looking back to the great songwriters of the past, while at the same time possessing a keen melodic sensibility of his own. His style is a melting pot of rock, blues, funk and pop, as well as more folky, acoustic elements driven by strong melodies. No gimmicks, no pretense, just honest, thought-provoking songs that speak from and to the soul.

The Southbound Attic Band consists of Barry Jones, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Ronnie Clark, bass and backing vocals. Their high energy live set is a combination of Americana, English and Celtic tinged folk rock.

Laura & Claire, Since their debut in 2006, lifelong friends Laura & Claire have stood apart from the crowd with their immaculate vocal harmonies. Currently working on their first full album they mix sharp social commentaries with catchy pop melodies.

With influences ranging from the lyrics of Idelwild to the imagination of Imogen Heap, Laura & Claire have taken inspiration from their alternative roots and stripped them down to produce acoustic musings based on love and life, and make no excuse for feeling very human things such as angst and jealousy.

Ben Stafford plays and sings catchy melodic acoustic songs inspired by uni life at Chester, his hometown of Glossop and the rail lines between the two. He released his debut album Colour By Faders last year which was recorded in his Halls of Residence, and is now working on new material some of which will be debuted in his set at Threshold.

Synne Eileen & the Sunbeams is a six-piece quirk-pop band, playing their bright and bubbly tunes straight into the hearts of people who love a good trill and keeping life colorful. Hailing from Norway, though currently based in Liverpool, Synne Eileen & the Sunbeams has been well received both in Scandinavia and in the UK for their catchy melodies and their quirky lyrics about everything from love and loss to filthy doves and elephants. A lot has happened to Synne Eileen & the Sunbeams the last year. Having played at the Sound City festival in Liverpool, as well as doing a tour both in the UK and back home in their home country, they also recently released their first music video “CLOSET”. The band is now fully ready to conquer the hearts and smiles of both Scandinavian and British people. If you’re in need of cheering up, look no further.

This Lineup has surely something for everyone. If you want to know about these artist then visit:

Words by Paul Owen

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