A regular feature on the exciting Liverpool acoustic scene Mark Pountney arrives at West Kirby Live after self-releasing a trio of self-titled albums of chilled americana influenced folk music. The singer-songwriter was a member of The Marbles, Super Giant and the Mojave Collective who he released a cracker of an album with called Rust and Dust.
His latest release Live At Home is a collection of songs recorded in front of his fire on Boxing Day. The songs explore Pountney’s many qualities and cover a variety of styles and subjects; from space missions to gunfighter ballads. The songs are stripped to their most basic form just one man and his guitar.
Pountney draws inspiration from a plethora of music’s greatest with American folk greats of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson for his exquisite guitar work as the 60s rock hits of Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys inspire his lyrics.
Pountney brings a bit of a scouse twang to a sound that defines rolling desert, good times and summers nights- let’s hope the weather suits his warm vocals and sunset guitar lines.
Checkout the video for Mark Pountney’s track Teardrop Trail recorded in the baking surroundings of the Mojave Desert here
Cal Ruddy is a 24 year old award winning Singer/Songwriter based in Liverpool and is often considered to be one of Merseyside’s most exciting prospects. Cal travelled over to Nashville Tennessee to work find himself and make his mark in the home of country music. During that trip Cal worked alongside top songwriters and producers, including Blue Miller, producer to John Legend and India Arie to name a few.
With his debut album in the pipelines with Steve Powell producer to Mick Head, Edgar Jones & The Stairs at the helm, and after winning Best Live Entertainer recognising his dynamic and energetic live show and stage presence at The 2019 Liverpool Lifestyle Awards, 2019 has already started off with a bang for Cal Ruddy.
Other than national TV and radio exposure, Ruddy also had the fun task of working with Romanian airline, Blue Air in the Italian cities of Milan and Bergamo in 2017 and performed at 38,000ft onboard a plane, the sky is definitely not the limit for Mr. Ruddy.
Cal returns for West Kirby Live and had this to say about the festival:
“West Kirby Live is one of the highlights of my gigging year. There’s always a great buzz around West Kirby on the day and the atmosphere just gets better and better each year. I’ve played at the festival every year since the start and it’s gone from strength to strength. It’s absolutely mega to see bands and artists and music fans coming together in the community to raise money for such a good cause.”
Travelling all the way over from County Wexford in Ireland, West Kirby Arts Centre’s evening headliner is folk-pop songstress Beki Hemingway. Her last album Whins and Weather was released last year and is a blend of ground–Americana, gospel, folk, and even a bit of old fashioned pop, woven together within her sixth release in a career which has spanned over 20 years.
Beki has travelled the globe playing across the UK and Europe and having several tours which have spread all over the USA. In that time she has grown large fan bases in Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver (where she was a deputy sheriff) and in Country music’s capital Nashville.
Having developed a love for smaller venues- and even fan’s houses- she comes to West Kirby to play the evening slot at the Arts centre. Within the intimate surroundings of the centre coupled with Hemingway’s captivating vocals this is one definitely not to be missed.
Her last album Whins and Weather saw some of her most open songwriting to date singing about moving home, the growing pains of adulthood and committing her life to her music and her family. Beki plays West Kirby Live in support of Clatterbridge hospital as herself is currently in remission after beating breast cancer.
We are pleased to announce the youngest Jazz and Blues Singer in the UK will be performing this year. Astrid, aged 8, has just finished filming one of our most popular ITV talent shows, which will air in July.
Within just 12 months, Astrid has gone from performing and winning the Newcomer’s Award at her first national competition, Teenstar, to mixing with some of the most influential stars in the music industry.
Influenced by such greats as Billy Holiday, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, her voice has been described as mature beyond her years… we look forward to welcoming Astrid
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Mad Alice are a three piece, psychedelic blues rock band from Liverpool, taking inspo from Led Zep, The Kills and PJ Harvey. The band formed in January 2016, and take their name from the York folklore of Alice Smith, who was executed for poisoning her husband. In their 2.5 years together they have featured on Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition, Missguided’s Discover Blog, BBC Introducing, Louder Than War, and loads more! This year they have just released their third single, ‘Witch Of The Tundra’, and are playing a small tour and a number of festivals.
A classic rock cover band formed and based in the Devil’s Den, Hoylake, Wirral.
Artist covered include The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, R.E.M. & Tom Petty to name a few. We can perform as a duo, trio or quartet.
The band boast beautiful vocal harmonies and slick guitar playing that is guaranteed to get you on your feet. If you like guitar music and you want to get your party started, then this is the band for you.