This Friday 16th October, Mellowtone are back with another online event, this time in association with the Livepool Irish Festival.
The hour long show, features specially recorded live performances and music videos from Irish musicians based in Liverpool and Liverpool musicians of Irish heritage.
Seafoam Green are Irish songwriting duo Dave O’Grady and Muireann McDermott Long. They’re a roots bands from Ireland, now based in Liverpool. Their debut album Topanga Mansion was a collaboration with Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), and was met with high critical acclaim.
“Gutsy Americana with a heart of gold…” Clash Magazine
Kousic Sen (Milap’s Artist in Residence)
Kousic Sen is a renowned tabla player whose intense and energetic performances add a new dimension to the traditional concert experience. Born into a musical family, Kousic is the proud representative of the Banaras Gharana and is one of the foremost tabla players of his generation, and has performed with leading musicians in many of the world’s most famous venues.
“His rhythmic mastery has become known around the globe.” Band on the Wall
Irish songwriter Simon Herron‘s songs are poignant, wistful and delicate. He has a melancholy approach to his writing that is often dark and longing. The creaky melodies and sparse fingerpicked guitar of these songs make use of the quiet spaces in between, as much as the notes and words themselves. His releases have garnered success with over 5 million Spotify streams and BBC radio play alongside shows on the Other Voices Music Trail and Liverpool International Music Festival. His debut album; The Remnants of a Thought was released last year.
“Often, though, blue is the colour of our true love songs. (Herron) has continued to turn heads with his songs of delicacy and drive” Liverpool Etc
Only Child play solo and acoustic, as a fiddle and acoustic guitar duo or as a full band, with strings, horns and whistles. They make emotional music & will release their fourth album in 2021. The band have headlined Liverpool’s The Music Room, 81 Renshaw, The Zanzibar Club, The Magnet and Thornton Hough Village Club in Wirral, alongside high profile support slots with Blue Rose Code, Pete Wylie, Gemma Hayes, Ian Prowse & Amsterdam, Steve Pilgrim, My Darling Clementine and Mick Flannery.
Only Child’s latest release is the ‘Sound’ EP : five recordings of songs written by Liverpool songwriters.
“If only all #lockdown covers were as lovely as this…” Americana UK
KingFast is a Jamaican born and Belfast raised solo artist whose soulful vocals have been gathering traction around the UK. Some more notable performances of KingFast’s include Liverpool International Music Festival, Cannes (during the film festival), Edinburgh Fringe, Nantwich Jazz Festival and Liverpool Sound City. Since winning Merseyrail SoundStation 2017, KingFast’s audience has grown and his sound developed. KingFast’s sound is a fusion of several genres, a nod to folk, pop and soul hooks, and looped and layered vocals.
“Stunning looped guitar acrobatics and soulful pop numbers.” Bido Lito
Motel Sundown are a 3 piece band based in Liverpool, purveying a blend of Americana, Country and Folk Rock with rich, earthy harmonies. Songwriters Naomi Campbell, Robert Johnson and Karen Turley met in Liverpool, and after performing live together Motel Sundown was formed in 2018. The band have since performed at Melodica Festival (Reykjavik), Country on the Coast (Portsmouth), hosted their own regular Country night – The Grand Opry Sessions (Liverpool), and more recently, supported American Singer/Songwriter Alice Walker at the renowned Grateful Fred Sessions (Southport). ‘Chicago’. Their next single ‘Before Midnight’ is released on 23rd October.
“nothing short of a breath of fresh air” Urbanista
The Liverpool Irish Festival takes place online this year from 15th – 25th October, with music, performance, film, comedy, art, talks, plenty of chat … and lots more. Running since 2003, we’re honoured to have worked with the festvial for a good while now – since 2010, offically. You can read more about our work with the festival here, turn to page 26!
Find our more about the Liverpool irish Festival here and take a look at ths year’s programme here.