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 – Act TBC 
8.00pm – Raphael Callaghan
8.40pm – Interval 
9.00pm – Brook Williams & Aaron Catlow 

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow bring their singular voices to the guitar and violin tradition with soaring melodies, heart-tugging counter-melodies and agile rhythms. Seamlessly connect Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Mediterranean overtones with technical brilliance, these two are masters of their respective instruments. Williams and Catlow met on tour in The Netherlands a couple of years ago. Later that same year, Williams invited Aaron to play with him on his 30th Anniversary album, Work My Claim. There was magic from the start.

In 2021, opportunity came from an unlikely place. Filmmaker/Photographer Simon Hurwitz asked Williams to write and record a couple of guitar pieces to accompany some short films of barn owls. A couple of tunes became an album’s worth, and Williams’ guitar was seconded by Catlow’s violin. The result is Ghost Owl, a collection of guitar and violin duets inspired by, and written for, the barn owl.

Aaron Catlow is a master violinist and half of the Bristol-based duo Hawes And Catlow, with guitarist-singer Kit Hawes. He is also the fiddler in UK festival favourite Sheelanagig. Catlow has also worked with Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Mad Dog Mcrea and Afro Celt Sound System.

Cambridge UK-based, Georgia US-born, Brooks Williams is known for both solos shows and collaborations with the likes of Boo Hewerdine, Rab Noakes and Sloan Wainwright, among others. He is named one of WUMB-FM Boston’s Top 100 All-Time Artists. Fatea refers to him as “one of those select few ‘how on earth does he do it?!’ artists.”

In concert, Williams and Catlow mine the depth of both tunes and songs, from Williams’ back catalogue as well as  gems from the British and American folk tradition. Such as Church Street Blues, King Of California, and Farewell To The Gold.

It’s a Trans-Atlantic Roots Music Collaboration of the highest order. Stripped back. Virtuosic. Light and shade. Full flight.

“Aspiring guitarists and fiddlers need to listen closely.” – At The Barrier 

“Recalls the style of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick….” – Songlines

Raphael Callaghan

We are absolutely delighted to welcome renowned acoustic blues musician, Raphael Callaghan to Grateful Fred’s.

Raphael is a singer, harmonica and slide guitar player, a songwriter with his own style of acoustic blues, gospel and roots. He’s had years of experience playing solo and in various groups and bands, and has played with such luminaries as Alexis Korner, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Bibb.

“He’s a master of the acoustic guitar with a mellowed warm vocal delivery and a lyrical gift. The music is comforting as he gives the impression he’s singing to an audience of one…”Blues Blast (USA)

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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