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PROFILE: JADE THUNDER

Backing Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band on their farewell tour in Liverpool has been one of the many highlights in Jade’s music career so far.

Now in her 21st year in music, Jade has worked with great musicians like James Burton (Elvis), Charlie Lansborough, The Christians, Billy Kinsley from Liverpool Express, The Cavern Club Beatles, Brian “Saxophone” Jones from The Undertakers, The Connie Lush Band and The Gary Murphy Band.

She is currently playing theatres with Eclipse Floyd – The Pink Floyd Experience, Court and Spark – The Joni Mitchell Songbook and The Gary Murphy Band.

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PROFILE: SIRENSONG

Ethereal dreamers SirenSong arrive at West Kirby Live with their immersive and artistic music to entice and intrigue their audience.

Rachael Dunn and Shaun Lanceley were two mainstays of the exciting Liverpool unsigned and acoustic scene and started Sirensong in 2018. Formed as a holistic and artistic expression of themselves they started performing as a way of expressing their creative and dream-like musical ideas. Rachael’s powerful vocal drive and Shaun’s talented musician-ship makes the pairing bounce of one another as the outcome is as infectious as it is relaxing.

Their debut single “Without The Fear” was released earlier this year on Wirral label 72rpm Records. Delicate vocals entwine with serenading strings as SirenSong’s debut is as exciting as it is mysterious. Rolling themes of stormy seas will make their act feel right at home playing West Kirby Live’s Flow Networks Presents The Lake Stage.

Check out their debut single Without The Fear below

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PROFILE: AD90

AD90 are a four piece cover band playing the best of British and American alternative rock and pop and will be playing West Kirby Social Club for West Kirby Live. If you like anything from Deep Purple and Stereophonics to The Cranberries be sure to make it down for some in your face anthems.

West Kirby Live will actually only be AD90’s second ever show after debuting at Molly’s Chamber in Birkenhead in May. Made up of Mark Wilson on guitar and vocals, Aaron Piece on bass and Ian Pierce on drums you may recognise this trio West Kirby favourites Kangarillapig- who formed within the open mic sessions at the Hilbre pub and played West Kirby Live three times before.

AD90 brings in Jack Byrne on guitar to complete the band. Ian told West Kirby Live: “This will be only our 2nd outing but we’re really looking forward to it and love playing West Kirby Live. It’s a great charity event and always put ourselves forward as soon as we hear the announcement for the coming year.”

AD90 are yet to release any music however Kangarillapig’s album SuperBrain is available to listen to on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4fsUbKcJBDDGPUo2c9Z65m

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PROFILE: THE HARD WAY HOME

The Hard Way Home bring their exquisite country sounds to West Kirby Live for the first time year. Formed in the summer of last year The Hard Way Home are singer-songer writers Karen Turley, Naomi Campbell, Mathew Toner and Robert Johnson. They’re self confessed lovers of Guinness and Harmonies.

Karen and Naomi are both from Northern Ireland but living in Liverpool and both have a passion for music, particularly American Folk and Country. Both have performed around the UK and have performed in country music capital of Nashville. Karen has played in Portugal and Naomi has even travelled to Melbourne, Australia for a show.

The group has has a mixture of influences from the likes of KT Tunstall to Fleetwood Mac and a deep love of Bluegrass, particularly Alison Krauss and Union Station and a fondness of traditional country; Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton & Johnny Cash, to name a few.

Karen has performed solo at West Kirby Live before but this will be the first West Kirby experience of the full group. In 2018 Karen began work on her single ‘New Strings’. Recorded in El Dorado Studios and produced by Anders Johnsen, Karen released the single on all digital platforms in April of 2018.

Naomi has performed with the likes of Lucy Spraggan and will no doubt be an exciting addition to the stellar range of Country and Folk music on offer at West Kirby Live. She self-released her new single It’s You this year too. The band play every week in Liverpool have just came back from playing Country to Coast festival in Portsmouth.

You may recognise the group from a clip that went viral of the group performing an excellent rendition of Jolene by Dolly Parton which you can watch below. More of the same please!

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PROFILE: RICHARD ROBERTS

Rich has had a music career spanning over 10 years playing in venues all over the UK, Canada and Europe.

He is a very versatile musician and plays a wide variety of genres. He mostly performs upbeat, soulful versions of well known songs and always caters sets to his audience.

Rich has a massively distinctive and powerful voice which cuts through crowds, PA or not, a wonderful attitude and his love of music shows in his performances.

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SUMMER STRUM

The Great Ukulele Summer Strum is back and it is taking over Lattetude for West Kirby Live. Get down to one of West Kirby’s favourite coffee shops as the day of good times and Ukulele happens between 3pm and half 7.

The Wirral based musicians group have been performing for many years now and set the goal of promoting wellbeing and inclusion in the community by the power of ukulele. Spending the day with like minded people is a proven tonic for positivity and a good time. The troupe of strummers promote their excellent work saying it improves wellbeing, gives an individual a sense of purpose, creates new friendships and spreads waves of positivity throughout community. We can’t wait for them to spend the day with us at West Kirby Live.

Liverpool singer songwriter Alison Benson kicks off the takeover at 3pm. Her style is inspired by mainly folk music but has strong influences of the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel for good measure. She recently won the audience favourite award in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge with the song ‘Black Pearls (Unfinished Business)

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Followed up by the musical duo of Two Of Us. The pair incorporate a lot more than just the Uke into their music as they have performed nationwide with their acoustic guitar, flute, their banjo and even a saw!- with healthy dose of Ukulele to give their sound a friendly folk vibe. Another multi-instrumentalist follows up next with Helen Maw the solo singer-songwriter has been surrounded by music her entire life learning piano, ukulele, clarinet, sax, bass and guitar. She’s got a cracking voice too performing around Merseyside for many years!

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Arcadia Guitars’ Mighty Aslan graces the stage. Compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Woody Guthrie incorporating a strong blues rock style to his performances and often weaving tales of his own triumph and tribulations into his songs. Mighty Aslan has gigged all round the North West from his native Manchester. He also makes one of a kind DIY guitars out of anything from cigar boxes to biscuit tins.

The Boy With The Greyhound Tattoo helps close out the brilliant day of music. The singer, songwriter, musician, busker, performer and lover of music plays ukulele, keyboards, bass, guitar and vigorously shakes percussion to present his own unique musical style mixing contemporary and traditional acoustic music with indie pop. A key member of the Uke scene he also writes music reviews website called Uke Planet and is a regular writer for UKE Magazine.

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The takeover comes as the Summer Strum Hoylake Festival enters their fifth year. The Summer Strum is a charitable Ukulele Festival held at Hoylake Rugby Club from 5th-7th July. It is a free festival with workshops, jams and performances; pop up open mic tent; vendors; beers, pancakes, pizza and much more. Be sure to check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SummerStrumHoylake/

 

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PROFILE – THE JJOHNS

Liverpool rockers The Jjohns (pronounced Johns) arrive at West Kirby Live to bring back the Mersey-beat sound to West Kirby. The band’s sound, laced with harmonies and electric acoustic melodies, is highly influenced by the Mersey-beat era and Liverpudlian bands such as The La’s, Cast, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Beatles.

The Jjohns released a four-track EP callled Stone Across My Cave in November 2016 plus a self-titled EP released last year on hot new label Modern Sky UK.

Other influential musicians for the band include the Bee Gee’s, The Everly brothers and Buddy Holly: all of whom are all obvious when listening to the bands mixed style of old rock and roll and new Mersey-beat.

There is something really infectious and unashamedly Scouse in their music. Powerful guitar lines bite away with driving melodies with vocals coming from Dom and Mik Dunning giving a strong, cheeky and boisterous input to add both gravitas and attitude to their great rock tracks.

Checkout their Oasis-esque track Lucy below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T3mw8WtUSw

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PROFILE – TABITHA JADE

Age is but a number with Tabitha Jade as the young hip-hop hotshot returns to West Kirby Live- this time with a full band behind her. She was the youngest person to ever play Liverpool Sound City aged 14 and has played Hope Fest, Soul Fest, Chester Live and Liverpool’s Threshold Festival too. Having won UK National Song Writing U16 Championship in 2015 being judged by Sony and Universal Records she has became a trailblazer for the young talent in Wirral.

Her soulful vibe wouldn’t be out of place in the Top 40 as she gained airplay from radio stations across the UK including being featured several times on BBC 1Xtra. The live sound is infectious, hip hop funky drum beats, synths, delicious harmonies, and Tabiha’s up front vocals delivering the great songs.

The momentum is building rapidly around Tabitha Jade as she develops her career in London playing many of the UK’s hottest urban venues within the capital and is getting promoted and praised throughout the home of UK grime, garage and hip hop. No doubt a set not to be missed at West Kirby Live.

Having been inducted into the covered LIMF Academy Top 20 she released her reggaeton banger Right Here- listen to it below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrnhjtutBYo

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PROFILE – ASTLES

Scouse singer/songwriter Astles brings something different to West Kirby with his dynamic vocal style, captivating melodies, artistic boldness and a delicate rawness to his sounds.

Contorting and amalgamating different sounds as haunting lyrics combine with ghostly synths with delicate little niggles of intimate acoustic guitar lines, Astles sound is truly innovate and immersive. One not to miss at West Kirby Live!

Speaking on his EP Full Of Wonder, Astles said “I really wanted to be ambitious & create something which really showed the evolution of me as a person & as an artist. The concept behind the EP is the loss of your innocence from growing older. Losing faith in the possibilities of youth and embracing the realities of what is in front of you.”

His EP “Live At The Nordic” was recorded at the beautiful surroundings of Liverpool’s Scandinavian Church with Joy Division  producer Michael Johnson. Definitely for fans of Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, Ben Howard and David Gray as his story laden lyrics and immersive acoustic/experimental sound won him Merseyrail Sound Station and LIMF’s one to watch.

Check out his EP “Full of Wonder” here https://open.spotify.com/album/6ouERBDgrkPJuhD6EzVCMJ

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Profile – The Lotts

Loud, loud and loud (again) are the three words that describe Warrington band The Lotts best. The garage rock foursome arrive at West Kirby Live for the first time this year and aim to shake a few cobwebs off in the process.

Recording their debut EP “Out Of It”  at the legendary Rockfield Studios in South Wales- they followed the footsteps of Oasis in the same hall they recorded “Whats The Story? Morning Glory.” Ambitiously and successfully the band recorded the entire EP in one take and straight to tape playing as loudly and raucous as possible.

The band have been together for just over a year wanting to bring a new flavour of music to the current scene from their screaming guitars to their homemade mics made from old telephones. The young lads are making more music every day and have plans of working with Spritualized over their next release to help with production.

Definitely for fans of Idles, The Strokes, White Stripes, Sonic Youth and anything turned up to 11. Check out thier EP- Out Of It below: https://open.spotify.com/album/0MfZ7bJLBQATSXJMH7nwkC

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