Liverpool Acoustic Festival (Saturday)

Liverpool Acoustic Festival (Saturday)

Sat Sat 21 March 2015

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Academy-award winner and star of 2006 critically-acclaimed film Once, Marketa Irglova is set to headline and close this year’s Liverpool Acoustic Festival.

Along with acclaimed Irish duo The Lost Brothers, Liverpool guitar virtuoso Neil Campbell and a whole host of artists and events, LAF returns in March 2015 showcasing the very best in Liverpool, national and international acoustic music.

Building on 2014’s successful event, this year’s festival is jam-packed with public workshops, guitar and songwriting masterclasses, live DJ set’s, seminars, record fairs, beer tasting and much more.

Be part of the most ambitious and exciting music event in Liverpool’s best-loved, small scale venue.

A unitytheatre event

Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council
Supported, sponsored and partnered with Bido Lito, Liverpool Acoustic, Liverpool Live TV & One Fell Swoop
Design by Red Bear Design
Created and programmed by Paul Dunbar

Main Stage & LLTV Stage

Marketa IrglovaMarketa Irglova (10:00pm - 11:00pm)

An Academy, Tony, Olivier, Grammy, LA Film Critics and Critics award-winner, musician and actor from Czech Republic. Marketa is co-founder of the band The Swell Season along with the acclaimed singer-songwriter and co-star of 2006 Academy-award winning film Once, Glen Hansard.

She has toured the world alongside Hansard and with bands like Iron and Wine and many more and has been hailed as 'Beautiful, bonkers and often rather brilliant' The Independent. 

The Lost BrothersBido Lito! present...
The Lost Brothers (8:30pm - 9:30pm)

'A critically-acclaimed Irish musical duo. Their first album Trails of the Lonely, was produced by Mike Coykendall (Bright Eyes, M Ward) and Decembrists collaborator Adam Selzer.

The band appeared at the BBC Electric Proms along with Glastonbury and SXSW festivals. Then in 2011, they travelled to Nashville and recorded with Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Members of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Cardinals where their backing band for the recording.

Xander and The Peace PiratesXander and the Peace Pirates (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

Cited as ‘world shakers’ by Gibson Guitars, Xander and the Peace Pirates are creating a storm on both sides of the Atlantic and across the world with their unique brand of soulful, blues-based, acoustic rock 'n roll.

Having enjoyed support slots with Bon Jovi, Buddy Guy, Eric Bibb and Joe Bonamassa, the band landed an endorsement by Gibson, Roland and BOSS and have made a big splash with the most respected musicians and producers in the music business, including Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who and many more) producing their forthcoming album.

Jo BywaterLiverpool Acoustic present...
Jo Bywater (7:15pm - 8:00pm)

'Unorthodox, uncompromising, simply brilliant' 

Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Jo Bywater assumes the from of an innovative and inspired musical force. Rhythmic, tactile, rockin’, poetry with an acoustic-blues sound. Jo has played extensively across the UK at festivals like Folkstock, London Folk and Roots Festival, Liverpool Music Week, Threshold Festival and Liverpool International Music Festival.

GonzallaGonzalla (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

Californian singer/songwriter, Cody Randall is Gonzalla.

Blending pop, folk and roots music, Gonzalla lift sounds of the 60's and combine them with a modern edge of pop sensibility.

Having enjoyed multiple support slots at some of the UK's most prestigous venues, don't miss this amazing artist.

Richard BattyRichard Batty (8:00pm - 8:30pm)

With influences ranging from The Beatles, Big Star and Crowded House, Richard blends a sound of folk/rock/acoustic with soaring melodies.

Richard has been performing for over 10 years and penned his first song at age 15, resulting in landing a residency at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. He has just finished recording his debut mini-album which was mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London.

She Drew The GunShe Drew The Gun (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

'This is the real deal, from heart to ear so to speak'

Liverpool based, She Drew the Gun is being compared to those in the literary world as much as those in the music world. With lyrics that tell stories of love, loss, regret and new beginnings, its easy to see the pull towards the poetic, so expect reverb tinged riffs, left of field chordplay and a voice that comes from heart to ear.

Paul StrawsPaul Straws (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Paul Straws is a multi-instrumental with influences from Tom Waits, Neil Young, Radiohead and Fleetwood Mac and uses a range of instruments to record including mandolin, ukulele and cello. 

Paul has been lauded for his 'great songwriting' (Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music) and has enjoyed support slots with Newton Falkner, Ed Harcourt and Maximo Park, also performing at Glastonbury and Wembley Stadium.

Ellie SmithEllie Smith (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

18 year-old Liverpool based singer songwriter.

Ellie combines beautiful melodies with a sweet and whistful voice with folk/pop stylings to present a sound reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Laura Marling.

She performs extensively in and around Liverpool at venues like Zanzibar, Parr Street Studio 2 and the world famous Cavern Club.

Dave O'Grady (6:45pm - 7:15pm)

With influences of Foy Vance and The Black Crowes, Dublin-born Dave O'Grady produces a whiskey-soaked, dusty road, Americana sound reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival and what with a brand new album, produced by Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) on the way and his relentess UK and US touring, don't miss the chance to catch this amazing artist up close and personal. 

Liverpool Acoustic Stage

ME and DeboeME and Deboe (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

"Vibrant, raw and powerful with a feminine twist..." Their music has placed band members Mercy Elise and Sarah Deboe on both a national and international Stage this past year.

Completing a successful tour of Canada and America, the award winning duo have been on a non- stop tour across the UK and overseas in Paris and Spain. Their latest Acoustic EP "Here They come" was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey road Studios and is available for a limited time

Kevin CritchleyKevin Critchley (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

"Amazing talent, powerful voice, brilliant songs, this lad knows his way around a fretboard, never ever seen guitar playing such as this, a definite must see quality solo artist" - Dave Shortt, DS Promotions

Acoustic/folk/rock singer-songwriter from Liverpool.

With influences pf Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams, Kevin supported Seth Lakeman, Ian McNabb, Amsterdam, Sharon Corr, James Walsh (star sailor), Mark Morriss (Bluetones) and opened up the 2012 Chester Rcoks Festival main stage and headlined the Liverpool Acoustic stage at The Threshold Festival

Festival Events

Bido Lito!DJ set w/ Nick Power (from 8:00pm)

Bido Lito! present Nick Power, Keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist of legendary, Liverpool outfit, The Coral, as he takes to the festival Bar Stage for a special DJ set. Playing tracks centred around the sound of Saturday co-headliners, The Lost Brothers and their songwriting ehtics, lose yourself in blissful melodies and grooves as the festival draws to a close.

The perfect set-up for an after-festival, Saturday night out!

Masterclass W / Gonzalla (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Join Californian singer-songwriter Gonzalla for a brief look at how he approaches songwriting.

Gonzalla wil lalso perform of Main Stage at 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Masterclass W / Xander & The Peace Pirates (5:30pm - 5:45pm)

A discussion and demonstration on how songwriting can develop with the use of effects and loop systems

Xander and the Peace Pirates will also perform on Main Stage at 5:45pm - 6:30pm

Masterclass W / Jo Bywater (6:30pm - 6:45pm)

Award-winning Jo Bywater presents a quick masterclass on how to play simple and effective slide-guitar.

Jo Bywater will also perform on Main Stage at 7:15pm - 8:00pm

Masterclass W / Paul Straws (6:45pm - 7:15pm)

Paul Straws shows how the use of modern technology can influence sound and live performance.

Paul Straws will also perform on LLTV Stage at 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Q&A session (4:45pm - 5:15pm)

Get behind the music and the artist in our specially curated Q&A sessions that run on both days with a variety of artists.

Ask those burning questions and get to know the inside secrets of how to piece together a great song

Beer tasting w/ Liverpool Craft Beer (4:00pm - 8:00pm)

Sample some of the finest ales and beers of/with Liverpool Craft Beer. Samples may be available to purchase, please ask an event rep for more info.

Record Fair w/ Dig Vinyl (6:00pm - 10:00pm)

Flick through a wide and varied selection of vinyl at our exclusive boutique record fair hosted by Dig Vinyl, who are based on Bold Street.

Food (4:00pm - 8:00pm)

Hungry? Worried about missing out on any acts? Don't worry, our friends over at Maggie May's, based on Bold Street are supplying us with a big vat of soup to warm the cockles! Available in the festival lounge.

show details

Dates: Sat 21 Mar
Times: 2:30pm - 11:30pm
Running time: 9hours
Prices: £22 (Weekend tickets £32)
Venue: Unity Theatre

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