Upcoming events at Liverpool Philharmonic

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 31, 2013

Liverpool Philharmonic announces dates in several city venues
St George’s Hall, Camp & Furnace and Liverpool Philharmonic’s own Rodewald Suite
Concerts, by Little Axe, Chris Wood and James Grant in April, May and June.
Tickets for all new shows on sale now.

Liverpool Philharmonic announce three new concerts in three of Liverpool’s most interesting live music venues

Having presented the 2013 Mercury Music Prize nominated folk singer and song collector Sam Lee & Friends at the Epstein Theatre recently, Liverpool Philharmonic today announce that in April, May and June they will be producing more concerts, outside of the grandeur of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s main auditorium, at some of the city’s most intriguing and less obvious live music venues.

At the Blade Factory, the latest development of the Camp and Furnace site in the Baltic Triangle, will be a very special appearance by Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, Saturday 15 June. McDonald has played on records by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, James Brown, Robert Plant, Mark Stewart & The Mafia, Sinead O’Connor and Megadeth. He made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics like Rapper’s Delight, The Message and White Lines. He mixes blues with modern technology. The ideas and techniques of his early album The Wolf That House Built was in the words of The Times critic, John Clarke, ‘copied by Beck and Moby’. And to great commercial success. For this gig Skip will provide vocals and guitar loops while Matt Smyth features on laptop and electronics. The duo mainline the old Delta blues and plug it into the 21st century.

Chris Wood, the exceptional folk artist who has been nominated for a BBC Folk Award 12 times and received six awards from just three albums, will play St. George’s Hall Concert Room on Tuesday 21 May. Wood supported Joan Armatrading at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in November last year. During that Armatrading tour, Wood travelled the country, eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting ‘the poetry of recession’ for his forth-coming album. Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland, The Guardian describes him as ‘gentle, powerful and classy’.

The Rodewald Suite, the intimate cabaret-style room upstairs at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will host James Grant on Wednesday 24 April. Grant is a critically acclaimed solo artist and singer/songwriter. He was a founder member and front man for the 80s Scottish pop/rock band Love and Money. Described by Q Magazine as ‘elegant and seductive’ his song writing style has in the past been compared to Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, and his guitar playing compared to Eric Clapton! He collaborates regularly with Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson, performing live and writing songs for her solo records, as well as playing with Ewan Vernall from Deacon Blue. He is a regular at the Celtic Connections folk festival.



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