Ian and Eimear to perform in the Irish Sea sessions

The very first concert of this type will take place at Liverpool’s most prestigious concert venue the Philharmonic Hall on 22 October. The inaugural Irish Sea Sessions is part super group, part colossal session and part festival, all in a single gig.

A mass rank of exceptional musicians from Liverpool and Ireland will unite on one stage to enjoy the musical connections between the city, the island it looks out to across the waves, and those who pass through Liverpool en route to, or from, Ireland.

Ian says: “I feel immensely honoured, and a little bit nervous, to be representing Liverpool in among so many fantastic Irish musicians. We’re going to make a hell of a racket between us, as the only rock and roller in the troupe I’ll be providing the backstage egotistical ravings.”

The Irish Sea Sessions take place next Friday, October 22, at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 or £20 from 0151 709 3789 or www.liverpoolphil.com.

This huge project not only brings together a wealth of music, talent and skills, but people too, musicians and audiences from both sides of the Irish Sea coming together to celebrate their shared roots and music.

14 musicians sharing equal billing will spend the days leading up to the Irish Sea Sessions in the city, creating new arrangements of traditional tunes and each other’s songs, and presenting them here in session format but filling the stage of the concert hall.

Guitars, flutes, pipes, singers, fiddles, bodhran, whistles and some of the most exciting musicianship you’ll see, will combine to revel in the special bond between Liverpool and Ireland and the music that is so much part of both their identities.


Johnny Barlow weekend

If you are at a loose end this weekend why not get along to one of the two launch shows for Johns first ever solo album.

Tonight is at the Water Rats in London with tomorrow’s show taking place at the Zanzibar club in Liverpool. You can pay on the door at both events and ‘The Fosse Way’ will be available at both gigs.

Support for tomorrow night comes from Paulie’s new band The Last Gambados, Alan O’Hare, The Garys and Kevin Critchely.

Johnny Barlow solo album available this Friday

Johnny Barlow

Johnny Barlow

The Fosse Way contains ten original Barlow gems beautifully represented on his CD. The album is available to Amsterdam fans this Friday 27 August from www.johnnybarlow.com

Purchasers of the album will receive it within a week. To listen to tracks and find out what the Fosse way actually means visit Johnny’s site.

Three full band shows in Stroud, Liverpool and London have also been announced to promote the Fosse Way:

Fringe Festival main stage
Sun 5 Sept, 4:00 pm

Water Rats
Friday 10 Sept

Saturday 11 Sept

Ian to play Taunton Festival on 4 September

FARMAGEDDON is a mini festival happening in Knapp Farm in Taunton on the 4th of September 2010 featuring some the finest acoustic music on the live circuit in Britain at the moment. There will be free camping and car parking included in the £20 ticket price and there will be full catering and bar service provided on site. Highlights of the lineup include,

Hazaar are an eclectic group of musicians have gathered together to pay homage to the music of the traveling people, in particular the Jewish and Gypsy cultures. But Hazaar just want to make you laugh, cry and most of all to DANCE

Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls are the Lead singer and violin player with hugely popular alternative rock band THE WONDERSTUFF. With a live album and two studio albums now under their belt, the duo regularly tour the length and breadth of the UK, playing to both smaller audiences and large festival crowds alike supplying a mix of tracks from Hunt’s entire career, alongside inter-song banter and some explanations into the stories behind the songs.

IAN PROWSE is one of Liverpool’s treasured songwriters. Having formed 2 successful bands, PELE and AMSTERDAM, he has been writing and performing for over 20 years notching up numerous chart hits all over the globe. Ian’s classic song “Does This Train Stop On Merseyside” has been covered by Christy Moore recently to critical acclaim, he is a seasoned live performer that always gives 110% live.

REV HAMMER is a folk rock troubadour that is loved by many across Europe. He has toured and recorded with THE LEVELLERS and NEW MODEL ARMY to name a few. His unique Folk concept album “Freeborn John” was a national success that led to a touring theatrical production that packed theatres across the country. His solo live show is entertaining and funny as well as touching and sincere.

DAN DONNELLY has been playing since a young age and has had success in both Europe and America. He has toured with SETH LAKEMAN, THE LEVELLERS, AIR, TURIN BRAKES and THE OYSTERBAND to name a few of many. His previous band Watercress topped the Irish indie chars numerous times and he plays constantly all over the globe.

For more information on the festival please go to