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 – Only Child
8.00pm – Mark Saunders
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson began his career as a busker aged 15. He then spent three years plying his trade as the guitar player in various bands in the North East of England. But Martin wanted more, he wanted to tell stories of his own and he was quickly developing ways of doing just that.

He developed his song-writing technique by firstly learning a few licks from a Spanish guitar book and repeated the process with Jazz, Blues, Country, SkifFle, Reggae etc. Eventually, this glorious collision of styles would become the trademark which Martin has carried through his career of almost 40 years.

Martin formed his band The Daintees, who became busking sensations and were signed by Kitchenware at around the same time as Prefab Sprout and Hurrah! The band, and indeed Martin, have always been known for their incredible range of styles, each album covering a multitude of genres, tempos and moods. The Daintees went on to release four critically acclaimed albums between 1986 & 1992; Boat To Bolivia, Gladsome Humour and Blue, Salutation Road, and The Boys Heart.

Martin has since supported himself through a combination of extensive live work and a multitude of self-financed solo albums.

“… builds bridges between love and hate, between cradle and grave, between folk and pop, between past and present.”NME

We are delighted to welcome to Grateful Fred’s, for the first time…

Mark Saunders

Mark is a former member and principal songwriter of the successful duo BND, known for its catchy melodies and insightful lyrics. Together with his former bandmate, the band achieved critical acclaim in the UK and Europe, particularly in Germany, with their album and single releases.

Mark’s solo music reflects his love of storytelling and his desire to connect with audiences on a deep level. His songs are full of life and energy, and his lyrics are both clever and heartfelt.

Mark has appeared and performed on countless TV and radio shows and live gigs and major festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including “The Backstreet Boys” and “Take That” amongst many others.

Marks’ appearance at Grateful Fred’s is particularly special for Grateful Fred himself, as he was part of the management team behind BND and enjoyed some special moments with Mark during the lifetime of the band.

Only Child

Only Child celebrated ten years of playing gigs and recording music in 2022 with the release of their first-ever vinyl long-playing album ‘Looking Forward To Looking Back – A Decade Of Only Child’.

Featuring ten songs remastered for 2022 by Pete Maher (U2), including ‘Scouse’, ‘Accidental Englishman’, ‘William Ralph Dean’, and ‘North John Street’, the limited edition LP is the first release on the newly-launched Crosstown Records, from acclaimed Liverpool producer, engineer and guitarist Jon Lawton, and is available from Only Child’s Bandcamp, Crosstown Records’ store and select independent record retailers.

“Only Child take their cues from Springsteen, The Waterboys and Van Morrison…”Liverpool Acoustic

“A songsmith reaching new creative heights…”Penny Black Music

“Doesn’t so much as tug on the heartstrings as yank them almost out…” Americana UK

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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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