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 Fred’s
8.00pm – Motel Sundown
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – The Chapin Sisters

The Chapin Sisters

“Compelling, lovely, stirring, and tantalisingly close to beauty”The New York Times

Masters of so-called blood harmony, The Chapin Sisters have garnered critical acclaim since their first recordings in 2005. Moving seamlessly between their own deftly-crafted songs, familiar country classics, pop covers and traditional folk, they forged a distinctive musical imprint and carry on a proud musical legacy. Father Tom Chapin is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, legendary late uncle Harry Chapin was a musical artist and activist best known for his 1974 #1 hit “Cat’s in the Cradle”, and grandfather Jim Chapin was an esteemed jazz drummer and author of seminal drum instructional books.

Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, the sisters started singing professionally at ages 6 and 8 on their father Tom’s ground-breaking family recording Family Tree. In 2004, after relocating to Los Angeles on a whim, they recorded a couple songs with their third sister Jessica. A friend passed their demo onto KCRW and almost instantly their dark, moody cover of Britney Spears’s “Toxic” became one of the most requested songs at the station.

In the last decade they have released 4 full-length albums, and 3 EP’s, most recently 2017’s Ferry Boat. They have been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, in Rolling Stone, Nylon, Spin, Paper, The New York Times, T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Postand have toured the world multiple times on their own and twice singing in the band She & Him and other artists as backup singers. They are currently at work on a new album.

“Straight-forward, honest songwriting married to the most gorgeous of vocals is a potent mix indeed.”Popmatters

With support from…

Motel Sundown

We are delighted to welcome back Karen, Naomi and Rob and Motel Sundown to Grateful Fred’s after their first appearance when their harmonies and songs so impressed the “Fredheads”.

Sometimes things just come together in the most organic and natural way, in a pub full of music and laughter. For trio Motel Sundown, it was on the Liverpool gigging circuit where all three members; singer-songwriters Naomi Campbell, Karen Turley and Rob Johnson met back in 2016.

Given that their voices were such a perfect fit, it made sense to write songs together too and so Motel Sundown formed in 2018. With no front person, and all three members holding equal footing in the band as songwriter and performer, they set to work, bringing each of their songs to the table and combining their musical talents and expertise.

Since 2018 they’ve released three singles together: ‘Chicago’, ‘Light of My Life’ and ‘Before Midnight’.

Now, they are releasing their gorgeous debut album ‘If You Were Listening’, a beautifully melodious melting pot of country, Americana and folk-rock, made all the richer by their beguiling three-part harmonies.

Opening and hosting will be…

The Silver Freds

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. No refunds will be offered for changes to the line-up, customers are entitled to a ticket exchange, credit note, or can donate the cost to The Atkinson Development Trust.

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