category: Music

January 17, 2007

Download a Free Music Tour Map

music-map-cc.jpgThe culture company have produced a Liverpool Music Tour Map with 7 mp3 files describing the places narrated by Pete Wylie from The Mighty Wah!

We found that just clicking on the link to the map pdf file gives problems with our browser. It does say to right-click and save the file and in this case it really is the best method.

Discover more about Liverpool with our music walking tour around the city. Pete Wylie from the The Mighty Wa! will take you on a tour of Liverpool's music scene from the 1960s to the present day passing clubs and venues in the World Capital of Pop.

The tour is free and designed to be downloaded to a computer and transferred to a portable MP3 player for you to enjoy on your visit to the city. A downloadable map accompanies the tour.

LINK to liverpool08 page

January 16, 2007

50 Years of the Liverpool Cavern

So the Cavern is 50 years old today.

There's lots about it on the BBC Liverpool webpages

Cavern celebrates 50 years
By Paul Coslett
The world famous club that launched the Beatles celebrates its 50th birthday.

The world’s most famous rock and roll club, Liverpool’s The Cavern celebrates its 50th birthday on Tuesday 16 January 2007.

The Beatles played at The Cavern 292 times and it was during one of their lunchtime sessions at the club that they were first seen by their future manager Brian Epstein.

The Cavern, named by owner Alan Synter after a Paris venue ‘Le Caveau’, opened on Wednesday 16th January 1957. The club began life as a Jazz venue, the first act was Merseysippi Jazz Band, and for three years the club would mainly feature jazz artists.

The Beatles first promoter Sam Leach recalls that The Cavern, because of its jazz associations was one of the last Liverpool clubs to feature beat music; “It makes me smile when you read ‘The Cavern where it all began’. They were the last ones in.


January 11, 2007

Another 'Save Woolton Cinema' Gig - Jan 26th


The original Quarrymen are playing - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the band that helped shape the Beatles. Yes, they're still alive and kicking and only making rare appearances.

Special Guest - Mike McCartney

Compare - Dave Monks from Radio Merseyside


The Snides
The Riffs
The Good Intentions
Blue Demon
The Mersey Beatles
The Quarrymen

Visit our MySpace to view the bands


The Picket
New Bird Street
Liverpool L1 0BW
Tel: 0151 708 6789

Friday 26th January 2007 8pm - 2am


£8 or £5 unwaged/concs
Available from Probe Records Liverpool 708 8815 or directly from Campaign HQ - see our website for details

December 28, 2006

Beatles Stamps from Royal Mail

beatles-royal-mail-stamps-2.jpg The Beatles mint stamp set

The first Royal Mail Special Stamp issue of 2007 celebrates the Beatles extraordinary cultural contribution to this country. The set features six era-defining album sleeves, brought together on six Mint Stamps. Designed by Michael Johnson.

To be issued on January 9th 2007 there are various first day cover and stamp sheet sets available for purchase from the Royal Mail website

Royal Mail Beatles Stamps Link

Adelphi - The Musical - Needs True Stories

From the Daily Post...

Inspire me with your hotel stories, says showpiece writer
Dec 27 2006
Sam Lister meets the creator of 2008 show Adelphi– The Musical
by Sam Lister, Daily Post

THE man behind showpiece Capital of Culture production Adelphi – The Musical wants to base it on real-life tales of romance from the hotel.

In his first interview about the project, which is expected to be one of the highlights of 2008, writer Phil Willmott said he wants it to be a funny, extra- vagant production that will appeal to everyone.

It will be staged as part of the Everyman and Playhouse’s programme for the celebration year.

Willmott, who produced Around The World in 80 Days for the Playhouse, wants to capture the Adelphi in its heyday.

He told the Daily Post: “The Adelphi is such a big part of Liverpool. It’s romantic but full of scandal."

Although the Adelphi project is still in the very early stages, he is keen to weave in true-life tales of romance at the iconic building into the script.

ANYONE with a story to tell should write to Phil Willmott care of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH.


December 27, 2006

Yesterday - The Musical in Liverpool 2008? Maybe

From the Sunday Telegraph...

The former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney is planning to make a stage show inspired by his working-class childhood in Liverpool.

"It is based on Paul's classical work The Liverpool -Oratorio," explained Kate Robbins, Sir Paul's cousin, who is working on the adaptation. "Paul will approve every note as musical director."

Sir Paul composed The Liverpool Oratorio, his first classical work, with Carl Davis in 1991 to commemorate the city's 150th anniversary.

The story loosely follows the path of the musician's life, with the main character, Shanty, who was born in 1942 in Liverpool, marrying his sweetheart, Mary Dee, after the death of his father. McCartney was deeply affected by the death of his mother, Mary, in October 1956, when he was 14.

Although theatres in the West End of London are expected to compete to stage the new musical, Sir Paul may decide to open it in his home town during Liverpool's year as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The Liverpool Oratorio was first performed at the city's Anglican cathedral and starred the classical singers Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jerry Hadley, Sally Burgess and Willard White.

Despite receiving a mixed reception from music critics, the recording proved to be a commercial success and topped classical charts around the world.


November 28, 2006

Liverpool Welsh Choral At Philharmonic

lwc-logo.jpgAn excellent logo!


Bring warmth and sparkle to the festive season.
Come to the best Carol Concert around!
Roger Phillips, Welsh Choral, Northop Band swing into Christmas at 'The Phil.'
Tickets: 0151 652 674 / 0151 709 3789.


Carols and Brass

November 27, 2006

Future Frakture Events

Thursday 30 November
Everyman Bistro
Hope St
Liverpool L1 9BH
Venue link/directions

Door open 8.00pm £5/3
Tickets available from Probe Records and Frakture office.

Since the release of his first album in 1975 guitarist extraordinaire Eugene Chadbourne has worked with a dizzying array of major players in the fields of free jazz/improv. Including many projects with composer/improviser John Zorn and participation in Derek Baileys company week. Other activities include his band Shockabilly, country music, punk rock bands and the solo cd Bach violin sonatas on 5-string banjo! An event not to be missed.

“Chadbourne has created an American Folk music that never existed, a kind of primitivist amalgam of blues, free improv and jazz: equal parts of Derek Bailey and Big Bill Broonzy, ideal for the post-modernist back porch.” BBC Music Magazine

Splash 14:
A Splash of free improvisation: presented by Frakture.
Saturday December 2nd
8:15 pm Fee : £3.00
Venue : St Clares Parish Hall, Rutland Avenue, L17

Full Programme: A full programme for an out-of-town foray
fonik [warrington: Harry gallimore – electronics Ian simpson – prepared lapsteel whyhiwyg, Adam Webster, cello: Tim Downey, laptop, Matt hamlet Gtr: Xavier Bosch voice; Phil Morton Accidents & treatments
i:object : Si Jones, Phil Morton & Chis McGugan: objects & treats
eric Wilson: sound files

Vocal Play
Saturday 2nd December : 1.00 - 3.00 pm: £2.00
Lodation: Toxteth TVStudio, Windsor Street, Liverpool
Location web-presence :

Workshop for voice delivered by SWIM: soundworkshops in music for Frakture.
This is an exciting opportunity to explore the human voice. The workshop will open up and explore the notions of vocal sound, as a personal form of expression or as an instrument producing abstract sounds. Vocal Play invites you to celebrate the voice in a session driven by free improvisation and a sense of play, no singing experience is necessary, just PLAY."
All welcome

To play might mean: to do it now, as you are; to improvise,
to use what is at hand; to enter into a game, not just to act according to someone else's set of rules, but to invent processes, ways of doing things, protocols; to imagine new ways of being together, of proceeding.
SNAP: out of it!
SNAP! Frakture Open Sessions in Free Improvised Music,
Workshops exploring its nature and practice.

Monthly Sessions Hope at Cornerstone. Everton,
Next session Wednesday 6th December
7.30 - 9.30 pm £2 fee: First session free of charge
7.30 - 8.15 pm Led Session
8.30 - 9.25 pm Open session playing free improvised music.

SNAP: is a series of workshops in free improvisation held monthly at Hope@Everton. The sessions are designed to help musicians break out of old habits and explore new musical ideas. SNAP: also welcomes newcommers to playing creative music . The sessions explore

Web presence:
Venue location:
For more information call the office: 0151 709 6123.

Christmas Day : Static Soundwalk Special
Derek Bailey Memorial Soundwalk.
Christmas Day: 10.15 am

Another Christmas Day session from the indefatigable Listening Room. Previous years Great George has been enjoyed as an excellent ear cleansing and body grounding delight after the onslaught that is Christmas morning.

This year with sadness and celebration I dedicate this event as a memorial to Derek Bailey who died on Christmas Day 2005. This is my offering amongst many others to a man who opened up an area of work that we have all stumbled into: music: free improvisation its nature and practice.

The Great George bell will ring at approx. 10.25 - 10.30

Links to more info re Great George from previous year: (the dates are in the past!)

An ensemble playing free improvisation:
After a long gestation period Fraktal, is looking for and actively recruiting new members.
The details will be available shortly on the web-site from December 4th: In the meantime if you are interested in becoming a member of an ensemble that plays free improvised music contact the office on 0151 709 6123: the web-link to be is

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PO Box 1147
Liverpool L69 8WH

0151 709 6123 (new May 2006)

November 21, 2006

Welsh National Opera at the Empire

wno-chorus.jpgThe Welsh National Opera are performing at the Liverpool Empire in early December.
Thu 7 Chorus!
Fri 8 La bohème
Sat 9 Tristan and Isolde

It is also the launch of WNO’s brand new commission, The Sacrifice at the Empire Theatre Liverpool.

The Sacrifice – which is being produced in partnership with the Liverpool Culture Company - is a compelling and timeless story of a ruler’s ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the future of his wartorn, faction-ridden country. It is composed by one of the world’s greatest living composers, James MacMillan, with a libretto by award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts. James MacMillan will also conduct the production, which is directed by Katie Mitchell.
Empire website

Live Concerts on the Big Screen


Double Vision

Big Screen Liverpool, Clayton Square, Liverpool, Merseyside.
Date(s): 30/11/2006 - 21/12/2006

A series of live acoustic concerts will entertain late-night shoppers in Liverpool during the festive season.

Double Vision will see headline acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, The Christians and Pete Wylie perform at the new BBC Merseyside Performance Space, while the concert is relayed live to the city’s Big Screen in Clayton Square.

School and community choirs will get each event underway before the headline act and the evening will come to an end with a rousing bout of swinging Christmas classics from the Vegas crooner’s songbook with entertainer Philip Tilston.

Up to 50 people will be able to enjoy each of these intimate and exclusive performances at BBC Radio Merseyside. Tickets are available as competition prizes only through on-air and online promotions at BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8FM, and via the artists’ websites.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket then head down to the Big Screen in Clayton Square where all entertainment will be broadcast live.

For those braving the chill, free mince pies will be distributed at the Performance Space courtesy of Liverpool 08 Official Partner Sayers, and in Clayton Square courtesy of Greggs the Bakers. Williamson Square will also welcome the Christmas Market on the day of the launch together with the Big Wheel.

- Thursday 30 November – The Christians
- Thursday 7 December – Pete Wylie Echo and the Bunnymen (seems they've changed the order
- Thursday 14 December – Echo and the Bunnymen Pete Wylie
- Thursday 21 December – JK as Robbie Williams

Each concert gets under way at 17.30 with the choir before the headline act takes to the stage at 18.00. Philip Tilston will close the concert at 19.00.

Check this link

November 15, 2006

Acid Mothers Temple at Masque November 16

A New local website launches on Thursday November 16th with a great gig at The Masque.
Acid Mothers Temple (Japanese Space Rock), Apatt and The Immigrants all feature.

The website is called Cult Cargo:

Cult Cargo is an on-line music magazine that seeks to innovate and reflect all that is exciting musically and culturally.

Daily updated site will launch on 16th November!

Named after cults that worshipped abandoned cargo, Cult Cargo will highlight, complement and create music that deserves to be idolised. It is based in the North West but with a view that music is the only universal language that can make your feet think and your brain dance. We will be providing weekly interviews with artists you know, artists you should know and artists you'll want to know. There will be regular articles on forgotten gems, a daily update on what is happening that matters and informed gossip alongside ill informed ranting. It will cover pockets of energy and creation all around the world and will make you feel like you've been there in your drunken stupors. All this alongside unique creations from established and exciting new musicians working with video artists, photographers, cartoonists, graphic artists exclusively for Cult Cargo.

November 12, 2006

John Smith - 'Winter' on Video

john-smith-winter.jpg - photo c. Nic KendallThere can be very few people in the Liverpool cultural world who have not seen or at least heard of John Smith the singer / songwriter and acoustic guitar maestro. Though originally from Devon he's been here for a while and its great that after touring large venues with the likes of John Martyn he is still happy to play the small bars and cafes in Liverpool during Liverpool Music Week etc.

You can watch a video of John performing the ever-popular 'Winter' at this years Summer Pops here:

Its actually even a lot better live. There's a good review of his first album 'The Fox and the Monk' on the PixelSurgeon site:

It's not often that one of an album's defining moments occurs within the first couple of minutes, but this is exactly the case on opening track 'Matchbox Man'. It's at this point in what has been a fairly melancholy affair to date that he slams the strings on his guitar (bam bam bam bam) draws husky breath for a couple of seconds before exhaling 'you give up, oh so easily'. In a post James Blunt age, the singer/songwriter genre has become ever more mainstream and perhaps diluted, it's a refreshing call to arms, and a bit of an 'are you listening, and I mean, really listening' moment

October 10, 2006

Scrap Arts Music Show Cancelled

A bit short notice but if you were planning on going to see the Scrap Arts Music show at Royal Court tonight (as I was) then don't bother.
Its had to be cancelled as their instruments have been held up in Dallas due to the heightened security at US airports.

You can call the Royal Court on 0870 787 1866

October 09, 2006

John Peel Day - Thursday October 12


(Football Tournament details below).
Liverpool honours legendary DJ at the 'new' Picket in Liverpool’s Independent District.
Featuring Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah!
With DJ. Stormin’ Normin’
Doors 8pm till 2am. £8 + b.f. available online at ticketmaster and ticketline

The competing teams.
The Farm-Liverpool band, The Deltasonic label- Liverpool record label, home to the Coral/the Zutons, Cream- Liverpool's world renowned club and promoters, Medication Club- Liverpool club night promoters, Elevator
Recording Studios- Cup Holders and Liverpool recording studio, Robot Records-Liverpool record label, The Picket/Africa Oye- Liverpool venue and Festival Organisers, Ravenscroft Stanley-John and Sheila's sons team, The
Dry Bar-Liverpool Young Promoters group, The Friday Foundry, LIPA-‘Macca's’ Fame School, Groundpig-Liverpool band.

VENUE: Liverpool Football Club Academy, Simonswood Lane/Arbour Lane,
Kirkby, Merseyside.Tel.0151-477-3030. Thursday 12th October 2006. Kick off @ 12.00 noon to finish at 5pm.

Sheila Ravenscroft- John's widow-will present the winners with the trophy at the new Picket later in the evening at an event to honour John that will see Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah plus special guests perform. DJ Stormin'
Normin' will be playing music from Liverpool bands, Peel Faves and classics. 8pm start, Tickets £8.00 + booking fee, available online at Ticketweb and Ticketline.

Liverpool held a special place in John Peel's life. It was his spiritual hometown; his passion for Liverpool Football Club was immense.

He featured many 'Scouse' bands in session on his Radio One show: Frankie goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah, the Lotus Eaters, Teardrop Explodes, Half Man/Half Biscuit, The Farm,
Ladytron, The High Five, Cook da Books, Personal Column, Dead or Alive, Personal Column, Come in Tokyo, China Crisis and many others.

His 2nd favourite song, after 'Teenage Kicks' by the Undertones of course, was "Does this train stop on Merseyside", written by another Liverpool band, Amsterdam. A song that moved John to tears.

Two of John's kids attended University in Liverpool and they loved their time in the city. He was a great friend of Liverpool music venue the Picket, supporting its campaign against closure by writing to Tessa Jowell
MP the Government's Culture Secretary in protest at the closure of the music facility in 2005.

He provided his services free to produce a radio advert to publicise the Picket and attended the official opening of the Picket in 1996 as guest of honour. After the ceremony John was presented with a framed photograph of
Bill Shankly the legendary Liverpool FC manager, which proudly hangs on the wall in the kitchen of his Suffolk home, 'Peel Acres'.

One of John's proudest moments was when he carried Mr. Shankly's bag, coming off a flight after returning from a European game. He also broadcast his Radio One programme live from the Picket in October 1999 presenting
local band Ooberman in concert. The gig was broadcast as part of Radio One's Sound City Festival. More recently John 'Deejayed' at Chibuku, one of the best dance nights in the city, that has helped to put Liverpool
clubbing back on the map.

In John's home studio there is a photograph of Kenny Daglish on the wall with the inscription "God-a likeness".

"I'm fabulously lucky, I've got everything I wanted as a kid - a house in the country, an outstanding wife, really great children and a job on the radio, if I drop dead tomorrow, I'll have nothing to complain about - except that there'll be another Fall album out next year." John Peel.

More info. about Radio One’s John Peel Day events are @ it peel

Landmark: Look for Cains Brewery, (formerly Higsons- on Parliament Street) close to the River Mersey. Approaching the River, turn right at the traffic lights onto Jamaica Street, and then second left into New Bird Street, the entrance to the venue is located on New Bird Street. Tel: 0151 708 6789.

For a virtual tour of the Picket in Liverpool's Independent District go to

For further information about the Picket and it's contribution to Liverpool's Music and Cultural history please goes to

October 04, 2006

'Bang On A Can All-Stars' at Philharmonic Hall

Bang On A Can All-Stars at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - Wednesday October 4th 2006

An excellent concert by six fine musicians from New York. The All-Stars grew out of the Bang On A Can Festival which started in 1987. So this is not a new group by any means but the concert included two European premiers including Manhatta by Michael Nyman (arranged by Andy Keenan) with 1921 film of the same name by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler including the poetry of Walt Whitman.

The concert opened with clarinetist Evan Ziporyn playing Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint. Then the others came on stage to perform 'I buried Paul' by Michael Gordon which takes the discordant ending to Strawberry Fields as its starting point.

The second half started with the band playing a set of pieces by Don Byron as accompaniment to more old film footage, this time Ernie Kovacs late 1950's comedy sketches 'Eugene'

All very entertaining, what a shame there were not more people there to enjoy it.

September 24, 2006

Il Trovatore Opera in St Helens - Wednesday

UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.



Set in 16th century Spain, Il Trovatore has more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Il Trovatore is full of mistaken identity, jealousy and revenge: babies are supposedly bewitched, whilst singers are imprisoned, swallow poison or are beheaded by their long lost brother. Who said opera was boring?

Apart from all that, Il Trovatore is one of Verdi’s finest musical achievements. Once heard, who could ever forget the famous Anvil Chorus, the tenor’s thrilling Di quella pira and the beautiful Miserere. The countless breathtaking arias, duets and choruses will take you to the heart of this passionate tale and leave an everlasting impression.

The cast features the brilliant Georgian tenor Irakli Grigali (making his debut in St Helens) as Manrico, as well as soprano Sarah Estill (acclaimed for her recent performances in Tosca) as Leonora. It also includes the talented children from the Elizabeth Hill School of Dance and Drama in St Helens who will join Opus 1 Opera for the performance. For more information on Il Trovatore or to register for our free mailing list, please visit

Tickets for Il Trovatore are on sale now and available from just £17.50 (£15.50 concessions, discounts available for groups of ten or more). They can be booked from St Helens Theatre Royal Box Office on 01744 756000.Show Cancelled

September 23, 2006

Frakture Festival Coming Soon

Frakture Festival

Friday 06 October to Sunday 8th october

Frakture Festival of Improvised Music 2006 brings some of the best improvisers from around Britain and a couple from Europe for 3 nights in October. It even deviates from improvised music as Philip Thomas will play some compositions on the Friday, sharing the bill with fellow Sheffield improvising group the Navigators. On the Saturday are the power quartet of Bruise and the mysterious Fraktal. The Sunday will see the Anglo/German trio of Toot. Moving from Church to Art Gallery and back to Church this years festival will deliver an exciting breadth of music that is rarely available and shouldn’t be missed.

Supported by Arts Council of England (Arts Lottery): PRSF: foundation

PDF: schedule

Read a review of the 2005 Frakture Festival and find out why he: Can't wait for next year!

The following concerts of “improvised music” are not Frakture concerts: but part of the SoundNetwork partnership with The Liverpool Biennial. They are curated by Lee Patterson, (who will be appearing in the frakture Festival with Phil Morton).

Fraktures gig page also features improvised music concerts beyond Frakture remit and location: submissions welcome.
Other Frakture related events within the Biennial include i:Object by Phil Morton & Si Jones: and Soundwalk 21st October by Phil Morton: more info to follow

Sculpting With Air: SoundNetwork Concert Series

SoundNetwork have invited artists Lee Patterson and Benjamin Gwilliam to curate a series of live events to take place in Liverpool over the duration of the Biennials. Bringing together north west based SoundNetwork members and renowned national and international improvising musicians on the same bill, these events offer unique opportunities to catch some of the most exciting experimental and improvised music in Britain today.

Tuesday 19th September 7.30 – 9.30 FREE
St Brides Church, Catherine St
Graham Halliwell + Mark Pilkington

Graham Halliwell (+minus)
- a solo set of feed-back manipulation and saxophone. Graham will be joined later in his set by improviser and field recordist Lee Patterson

Mark Pilkington
- network member presents new electro-acoustic work

Friday 20th October 7.30 – 9.30 FREE
St Brides Church, Catherine St
The Tree Fellers & Vessels

Tree Fellers
Matt Wand - electronics, Mick Beck - reeds, Paul Hession - percussion - expect lively improvisation and plenty of noise
Phil Morton (Frakture) - accidents & treatments, Ray Dickaty (formally of Spiritualised) - saxophones - a distinct performance from two of the north west's leading improvisers, exploring objects, instruments, bodies and space

Saturday 28th October 7.00 - 9.00 FREE
Hope University, Everton Campus
The Sealed Knot
Burkhard Beins - percussion, Rhodri Davies - harp, Mark Wastell - cello/double bass - world renowned acoustic trio

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September 21, 2006

John Peel Day - October 12 2006

john peel day-1.jpg

John Peel Day

Thursday 12 October 2006

Liverpool honours legendary DJ at the 'new' Picket music venue.
Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah!
Ian Prowse–Amsterdam.
DJ Stormin' Normin'
playing music from Liverpool bands and classics.

8pm -2.00am. Tickets: £5.00

Liverpool held a special place in John Peel's life.

The Picket, 61 Jordan Street,
Liverpool, L1 OBW.
Tel: 0151 708 6789.
"One of THE most important people in popular music in the westernworld."
Paul Gambaccini

September 08, 2006

Batala 'Encontro' Liverpool September 2006

Batala_poster.jpgI'm looking forward to this. Batala are very good, the Friday evening event should be very interesting.

Brazilian percussion band Batala will be holding their 'ENCONTRO' or 'MEETING' in Liverpool in September 2006!! Different bands from throughout Europe and Brazil will get together for one great event- the first time in the UK!!! The event is running for three days and is free of charge!!!

Friday 22 September.
There will be three parades.
Three bands will parade separately at three different locations starting at
10pm and converge for a massive performance in Liverpool city centre in
Williamson Square at 12 midnight- follow the noise!!!

First band- Mathew st. at its junction with north John st.
Second band- Bold st. at its junction with Slater st.
Third band- Church st. at its junction with Basnett st.

Saturday afternoon 23 September.
Batala parade at the Albert Dock along salthouse Dock from 1:30pm to
2:pm and then go to perform outside the Maritime museum.

Saturday night 23 September. Party night.
Early on there will be a private party for menbers of Batala and at 10pm
members of the paying public will enjoy a Brazilian/Latin American party
with live music, DJ's- DJ Juanito too- and performances from Latin American
dancers and students! More details coming soon.

Sunday afternoon. 24 September.
Batala parade from Myrtle Street Community college to Princes park from
1:pm to 2:pm.
Afterwards there will be a performance in the park.

Go to or to get the latest info about the event ie: venues, times and performances etc or look out for posters, flyers and the local press etc.

‘Sunken Sounds – Tunnelled Visions'

SunkenSounds.jpgNoise Club presents:

‘Sunken Sounds – Tunnelled Visions’

An evening of hypnotic subterranean soundscapes exploring Liverpool’s Williamson Tunnels through sound and vision.

The tunnels’ unique acoustics and atmosphere provide a stunning backdrop for Noise Club’s distinctive blend of audio-visual experimentation. Featuring a diverse array of instrumentation – from the violin and guitar to laptop, bulbul tarang and sonic sculpture – accompanied by live drawing and video projection.

7:30pm, Thursday 14th September.
@The Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

Tickets at £3 each are now available from Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, either in person (Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm) or by post enclosing a stamped addressed envelope for the return of your tickets. (cheques payable to The Joseph Williamson Society).

Book now to avoid disappointment!

The postal address is:
Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre,
The Old Stableyard,
Smithdown Lane,
L7 3EE

Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

Noise Club / Hyperion

August 16, 2006

Get down on the farm!

Get down on the farm!

RICE Lane City Farm is about to be taken over by party animals!

Hundreds of young people are expected to converge on the farm for the 2006 Liverpool Urban Music Festival on Saturday 19 August.

And it's all been organised by the kids themselves.

Liverpool performers, aged eight to 20, from rappers, to R'n'B singers, to DJs will take to the stage for the free, all-day festival.

It's a massive boost to Liverpool's 2006 Splash programme, which is helping kids beat the boredom during the Summer holidays with a programme of more than 50 events.

The Rice Lane City Farm Youth Development Group runs a huge range of projects for young people, from play schemes to workshops, and from mural painting to dance and drama.

Kim Connelly, 16, is part of the group and has helped organise the Urban Music Festival and raise funds. She is also a member of the Capital of Culture Youth Advisory Group.

Kim said: "It's taken a long time to sort out this event but putting it all together has been really enjoyable. I'm can't wait for the festival to start, it's a great chance to showcase urban music to Liverpool people."

The festival kicks-off at 1pm and goes on until 6pm. Performing on the specially erected stage at the farm will be young Liverpool urban acts SFL, Rage, Vogue, Faye, Da 3 Style 3, Endless Limits and many more.

The 2006 Splash scheme is once again proving to be a smash kit with local kids. Last year a record-breaking 22,000 took part and that looks set to grow this year.

Thousands of Liverpool children have already got involved in a wide range of activities, including swimming lessons, first aid, circus skills, puppet design, golf, American football and healthy eating workshops.

The Urban Music Festival has been funded by Liverpool Youth Service, Merseyside Police, Connexions and Rice Lane City Farm. For more information on the event, call Rice Lane City Farm on 0151 530 1066.

To take part in the 2006 Splash programme, or to find out about Splash events in your area, call the Children's Information Service on 0800 085 2022 and register your details.

August 08, 2006

The Merseyside Song by Freddie Baker

A bit of light entertainment from Freddie Baker....

I currently have a song being played on BBC radio

The song entitled The Merseyside song is a promotional aid for the whole region.

The Liverpool tourist website city portal Liverpool has done an article on the song
The Merseymart are running an article in there next edition about the song
And I am currently arranging with Liverpool Everton and Tranmere football clubs
To have the song played at all this seasons coming home games .

The song is available free of charge at

Please have a listen to the song it will bring a smile

August 03, 2006

Free Music Fest, St Helens, August 13th


Interest from the UK music festival circuit is soaring as Eclectica ’06 approaches. This month, one of the North West’s most innovative and up-and-coming free music festivals is taking place in St.Helens, situated midway between Liverpool and Manchester.

Sunday 13 August will see revellers flock to Victoria Square in St.Helens Town Centre, to dance the day away from 1 – 9pm. From rock and reggae to folk and roots, and headlined by festival heavyweights Michael Franti and Spearhead, the line-up will feature an eclectic mix of music types that’s sure to excite music-lovers everywhere.

The event is not exclusively for dedicated music fans though – with an outdoor bar and food stalls, a lively party atmosphere and energetic live performances, Eclectica guarantees a different and fun day out for everyone.

The opening performance at 1.00pm will be from up-and-coming local band The Loungs. Their unique pop and indie fusion is guaranteed to get the festival off to a lively start and will have the crowd up and dancing.

As part of their busy summer festival schedule, Tiny Tin Lady, will follow the Loungs at 2.00pm The girls have an extra special treat in store for their fans on the day, as Eclectica will mark the debut performance of new band member Kat on fiddle and vocals.

Its then time to crank things up a notch with Liverpool-born Ian McNabb at 3.30pm, former lead singer of cult 1980’s band the Icicle Works, set to impress with his remarkable vocal and guitarist talent as he plays a mixture of rock and ballads.

Folk festival legends Oysterband will provide the penultimate performance at 5.15pm, with their distinctive fusion of punk and folk music.

The climax of the festival will see the mighty Michael Franti and Spearhead take to the stage at 7.30pm inspiring the crowd with their pop and reggae style and conscious lyrics. Just two weeks after the UK release of their latest album, Yell Fire! the group’s performance at Eclectica will form part of the UK leg of their world tour, having already gone down a storm in their native North America.

Gary Maddock, Tourism Development Manager at St.Helens Council comments; “Eclectica is a top quality music festival, featuring a diverse range of musical talent from local to global acts. It is also completely free and does not require tickets, so people can just turn up and enjoy the music and atmosphere. Hits on the website have rocketed since the line-up was announced as people visit the Eclectica web-page in anticipation, suggesting that this year’s festival will be a busy and popular event”.

He continues; “The highly accessible, town centre location just outside St.Helens Town Hall and plentiful parking means that it is easy to get to Eclectica - there really is every reason to come along and enjoy what promises to be the musical highlight of the ever-growing St.Helens event calendar”.

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July 03, 2006

Pet Shop Boys at Summer Pops

pet shop boys at Summer Pops 2006On Thursday afternoon I posted that the Summer Pops was starting and I more or less said it was a load of old rubbish anyway.

So with perfect timing a few hours later I learned that I had won 2 free tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys on Sunday night (thanks to the 08 Ambassador scheme). I did say that this was one of the few acts I might have considered going to so I collected my tickets (people actually pay £42.50 for these!!) and had my first Summer Pops in a Big Tent Experience.

The support band 'Client' were rather boring, seemed promising at first but no variety, lyrically or musically. I spent more time studying my watch and the surroundings than watching the band.

The main act was very good, they put together a great show with excellent visuals, dancers and support vocalists.
We were treated to all the old favourites with an encore of Its a Sin and Go West.
Their more recent stuff is crap though and why do people pay all this money for good seats then insist on standing up, forcing us all to stand up for an hour? And why pay to hear professional singers and then drown them out with your own awful voice? Some people!

On the whole, I eally enjoyed it. The events here are well organised and the facilities (inluding portaloos) are ok.
Allow yourself half an hour to get out of the car park.

July 02, 2006

Batala Samba Band Play in Paris

Voted BEST band at the Lord Mayor's parade in June 2006!

Members of Batala Liverpool went to Paris, France, to play at the international music festival, La Fete de la Musique on Wednesday 21st June 2006.

Batala liverpool joined members of their sister band from Paris to play at various venues throughout the city and parade at night.

In September, 2006, there will be a meeting (or 'Encontro' in Portuguese), of all the Batala bands in Europe (about 150-200 percussionists) here in Liverpool- the first time outside France!! There will be a parade too in Liverpool city centre!!!

May 30, 2006

Brazilian Carnival night. - June 9th

Brazilian Carnival night.
Live music with Liverpool's very own Batala, the country's best Brazilian percussion band, disco with DJ Juanito (Samba-Lambada-Pagode-Carioca Funk) and now some Reggeton! Dancers AND a celebration of Brazil's forthcoming
World Cup campaign- come in fancy dress, costumes, masks! Prizes for the best ones and best dancers! Lots of NOISE guaranteed!
Friday 9th June. 9pm - 2am. 3 pounds entrance.
@ The Pacific bar and grill, Temple St,
Off Victoria St,
Liverpool city centre.

May 22, 2006

City schoolboy, 17, wins BBC music prize

I caught the end of this programme on Saturday, waiting for the Culture Show to start. Didn't realise he was a local lad, he's bloody good!
From Daily Post...

Last night, clarinet player Mark Simpson was preparing for an international career as a musician.

The 17-year-old, from West Derby, provided the latest boost to Liverpool's Capital of Culture status when he won the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Mark, who is also a budding composer, triumphed after giving a dazzling performance of Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto at the final in Gateshead on Saturday.
After a weekend of celebrating, Mark will be brought down to Earth again today, when he returns to King David High School, in Childwall, where he is studying art, German and music A-levels.

He also attends the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is principal clarinet with the National Youth Orchestra.


May 16, 2006

The Verdi Experience - Philharmonic Hall - June 4th

From Liverpool Welsh Choral Society...

A man of passion. A man who understood women's emotions. A man who suffered personal tragedy. A man who could make the human spirit soar. A man who wrote exquisite music. He was Guiseppe Verdi!
You too can be part of the 'VERDI EXPERIENCE' in Liverpool. You can hear music which caused an uproar in the Italian press. You can reflect on the emotive, surging sounds. You can judge a piece described as a work of genius. You can see 300 musicians and singers performing.
When? Sunday 4th June 2006.
Where? Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Who? Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Liverpool Welsh Choral. Tallaght Choral [Dublin].
How? Phil Box Office 0151 709 3789.

May 09, 2006

The Picket is Back

“One of Liverpool's most famous music names will be at the heart of a
cultural quarter, which opens next month. The Picket has finally found a
new home after a two-year search. When the £1.5m Jamaica Street venue opens
on May 27 the Picket will be the base for a new culture zone in the city.

The area, recently named the Independent District, is being developed into
an event and festival site in the run-up to 2008 by organisation Love
Culture, working with the Picket and with support from city officials.

The original Picket in Hardman Street closed two years ago because of
debts. A Save the Picket campaign supported by names including Sir Paul
McCartney, the late John Peel and Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Pete
Townsend and Paul Weller failed, and the site is being redeveloped.
A licence has been granted for the new venue in an old printer's in Jordan
Street, near the River Mersey.

Liverpool legends Deaf School have reformed to headline the official
opening event on Saturday 27th May, with support from brand new
local band The CB’s and DJ Stormin’ ‘the Cat’ Normin’.

Picket founder Philip Hayes said: "The past 12 monthshave been up and down.
We've found the availability of space in the city is limited; luxury
apartments are occupying lots of it. Long term we'd like the area to become
a locality for indigenous cultural organisations, we're working with Love
Culture and the City council on that idea. We'd like to get the area
ring-fenced for local organisations and festivals. Our plan, which is being
well-received, would create a positive cultural legacy for the city and
would go a long way to addressing concerns that Capital of Culture has
become about property and investment in apartments."

Jayne Casey, director of Love Culture, said: "The opening night represents
a milestone in our long journey, and a significant moment of opportunity
for a whole new generation of musicians and independent music promoters
who plan to make the Picket and the Independent District their own."

Elvis Costello said: "It's great to see the Picket back on the Liverpool
scene. It deserves your love and support, whether you're in the
corridors of power or just walking in the door with a guitar in your hand."

Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley, who has been in discussions
over the development of a new cultural quarter, added: "It's great news for
Liverpool that the Picket is to reopen.”
Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo.

For a Virtual Tour of the Picket in Liverpool’s Independent District,
please go to

Tickets for Deaf School, ‘the Picket is Back’ gig on Saturday 27th May
2006,are now available in Liverpool; Probe Records, Slater Street,
Liverpool, L1. Tel- 0151 708 8815. Radio City Box Office, 58a Houghton
Way, St. Johns Centre, Liverpool, L1 1LP.

In Manchester: Piccadilly Box Office,8-10 Exchange Street, and St. Anne’s
Square, Manchester M2 7HA.
Cost £10.00. plus booking fee.

March 03, 2006

Musicians teach parents to sing nursery rhymes


Classical musicians teach parents to sing nursery rhymes
Orchestral musicians have been recruited to teach Merseyside parents how to sing nursery rhymes.

The 'Song for Home' project aims to give parents the confidence to sing with their toddlers over fears that the tradition of singing nursery rhymes together has been lost.

The scheme, delivered by musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra through local Sure Start projects, has proved so popular since its launch two years ago that it has now won funding to expand.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic education manager Judith Agnew said: "We'd discovered that the tradition of parents singing nursery rhymes to their young children was dying out.

"Many parents don't have the confidence to sing, perhaps because there was less music in schools when they were young and it seems to have left them feeling too self-conscious to sing to their children