Grateful Fred’s: Americana & Roots Music

Grateful Fred’s have been pioneering Americana and Roots music in Formby, Southport and Liverpool since 2010 and during that time have presented some of the best US, Canadian and World artists.

On the first Wednesday of every month, join the Fredhead’s at The Atkinson for a wonderful night of live acoustic music.

The Club Night

7.30pm – Silver Fred’s
8.00pm – Igloo Hearts
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – Mikey Kenney

Mikey Kenney

We are delighted to welcome back one of the finest musicians to have played at Grateful Fred’s, Mikey Kenney.

Mikey performed for the Fredheads just prior to lockdown and we are so pleased that Mikey is coming back to play for us once again.

Mikey Kenney is an original. A passionate and well-respected advocate for traditional music – a brilliant Liverpool-style fiddler drawing primarily on his native North West English and Irish heritage  – but grounded in present-day, urban reality.

He is a musician with wide-open horizons and an insatiable curiosity for new possibilities. As evidenced on his latest album, The Reverie Road (Penny Fiddle Records), Kenney’s songwriting is both adventurous and earthbound, with his high lonesome voice exploring sun-drenched Italian vistas, dream worlds and sounds of the city.

With a reputation for both making quality music and producing wondrous flourishes of creativity, Kenney is also a multi-talented and in-demand collaborator, including, formerly, with band Of Burns, and now, with his electric trio World Turned Upside Down, as well as playing with BBC 6 Music favourite, Alabaster DePlume and Italian singer-songwriter, Vinicio Capossela. Mikey is also Musical Director of the Lancashire Youth Folk Ensemble.

“Mikey Kenney is an artist for whom music is a calling, not a career choice…a singular and inspiring talent… unfettered by expectations of geography or genre, and a wanderer of worlds both seen and invisible, Kenney is an authentic free spirit”.5/5 fRoots

“Superbly charismatic fiddle playing / once heard, never forgotten singing”FRUK

“This is magical, medicinal music that defies labels and borders”
Liverpool Echo


Igloo Hearts

As featured on Adam Walton”s BBC Introducing show with comments such as “Oh My God.. that’s really, really good!’ and ‘There is something quite McCartney-esque about the melody!’

A clever use of classical chordal progressions, and haunting harmonies, are at the forefront of their songwriting, with comparisons to Kate Bush and David Bowie echoing out from their listeners.
Finalists of the 2021 Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting competition.

Recent performances include the international Focus Wales 2021 Welsh Music Industry Festival, and the Knutsford folk festival.

They were also selected for the Focus Wales songwriters boot camp, working alongside Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals)  and Llion Robertson (Welsh music prize nominated producer)

With six years of marriage under their belt, music has not led to divorce….yet!

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Line-ups are correct at time of purchase but may be subject to change. Customers will not be notified of any changes to the line-up and no ticket exchanges will be offered for changes to the line-up.

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