Venue: Gigs in 2010 at Liverpool Marina and Garston British Legion

Posted on: Saturday, Jan 9, 2010

John and Lorraine Welsh have put together a magnificent programme of Liverpool-based gigs for 2010, which will see the return of a number of top class, internationally acclaimed performers. Details of the fabulous line-up are as follows:

Friday, 12th March – The Hamilton Loomis Band (at Garston Royal British Legion) – the young man from Galveston, Texas, combines supreme artistry with a spell-binding stage presence. He presents funky-edged good-time blues at its very best.

Friday, 23rd April – The Simon Hickling Band (at Garston Royal British Legion) – the ever-popular harpmeister from Leicester is due back in town with his marvellous band to deliver a vibrant programme of blues and foot-tapping RnB, combining excellent original compositions with a range of favourite covers.

Thursday, 20th May – The Backbones (at Liverpool Marina) – fronted by singer and supreme harmonica player, Big Pete van der Pluijm, The Backbones are one of the very best blues bands in Europe, who provide a stunning programme of Chicago-style blues infused with the powerful influences of Junior Wells and Lester Butler.

Wednesday, 23rd June – The Geoff Achison Band (at Liverpool Marina) – now resident back in his native Australia, after a triumphant two-year stint in the USA, Geoff Achison guarantees a vibrant, unforgettable show, with his exceptional guitar playing and distinctive, gritty vocals.

Friday, 17th September – Hans Theesink (at Garston Royal British Legion) – on his previous visit to Liverpool (at the Marina), the Dutch master charmed the very appreciative audience with his warmth, his rich voice and his consummate skills on acoustic guitar. A class act.

Thursday, 28th October (at Liverpool Marina) – Toby Walker – another prize import from across the Pond, Toby has become one of the firm favourites at the Marina with his combination of scintillating finger-picking guitar work, fine vocals and fascinating reminiscences.

Thursday, 4th November – Doug MacLeod (at Liverpool Maina) – our third guest from the USA will be welcomed back with open arms. He complements his fabulous vocals with highly accomplished guitar work, while humour is never far from the surface in his lyrics and his wonderful anecdotes.

Friday, 12th November – The Hamilton Loomis Band (at Garston RBL) – in view of the incredible attendance and wonderful reaction at Hamilton Loomis’s appearance in Garston in March of this year, John and Lorraine have organised a swift return visit to allow those who were there in March to enjoy a second helping and those who missed out to make up for their previous disappointment.

Tickets are available from John Welsh by telephone (0151-428 2855) or by email (

Lionel Ross



January 9th, 2010 at 19:10
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I could have sworn the legend that is Mr. Ross had written that piece . . . not spotting until now the giveaway, his name at the bottom!