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 – The Silver Freds
8.00pm – John Williams
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm –Madison Violet

Madison Violet

With heart-wrenching songwriting and luscious harmonies combined with the natural storytelling of folk, the rhythms of Americana and catchy pop hooks, “Madison Violet” have been captivating audiences and critics alike for two decades.

Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac met in Toronto in 1999, only to discover that their fathers sat next to each other in high school nearly 2000km away in Cape Breton. That longstanding, deep-rooted history is what ties the duo’s harmonies so tight, and lies at the core of their unparalleled musical connection and enthralling live show.

Following the release of their most recent record, Eleven, Madison Violet received a hat-trick of nominations in the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards, adding to their impressive list of accolades that includes a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album, a Critic’s Choice Award from Country Music People’s Magazine, and the John Lennon Songwriting Grand Prize.

Madison Violet’s songs have featured in influential music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 playlist, as well as CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, and received a mass of international acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, Maverick Magazine, NPR and Germany’s WDR, where the duo feature on the station’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’.

In a brief sojourn from their signature roots-based sound, their 2014 single “These Ships” was remixed and released on one of the largest US dance labels, Ultra Records, garnering over 1.2 million plays on Spotify (for that track alone), and counting.


Heartaching harmonies and tunes make Madison Violet a must-see act.” – The Independent

Madison Violet are a joy to experience… there are few other acts that can provide such a strong statement of quality musicianship coupled with songs of the highest caliber.”Lonesome Highway

Utterly enchanting from beginning to end; Madison Violet provided an evening of unmissable entertainment, filled with warming anecdotes and beautifully told stories that was worth every minute.” – Maverick


Supporting Headliner will be:

John Williams

John Williams is a singer-songwriter who resides in the northwest of England. As well as his own heartfelt songs, John also loves to play the music of his heroes. Inspired by American folk and roots, John takes his inspiration from the spellbinding Jason Isabel, Chris Stapleton, Steve Knightley, Richard Shindell and Mark Knopfler to name a few.

His first ep, “Six of Ten” received 27,000 streams in its first three months of release. John is also currently working on a new album which is due for release in autumn 2023.

John performs mainly across the UK, playing at folk clubs, theatres, and festivals.

John has performed at clubs and venues across the UK including the prestigious Great British Folk Festival, and The Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

John has again been chosen to take part in The Great British Folk Festival lineup in January 2023.


Refund Policy
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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