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 – Paul Handyside
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – Karen Jonas

Karen Jonas

Known for her stellar songwriting, sultry vocals, and compelling stage presence, Karen harkens back to her songwriting heroes Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, with a sonic nod to modern greats like Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell. Karen is a two-time Wammie Award winner for Best Country Artist, Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest Winner, and Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan award nominee, and official showcasing artist at SXSW and Americanafest UK.

This summer sees Karen tour the UK including an appearance at the Maverick Festival

Her long-time collaboration with dazzling guitarist Tim Bray, joined by bassist/vocalist Seth Morrissey and drummer Seth Brown, has produced five full-length records, beginning with 2014’s internationally-acclaimed Oklahoma Lottery. 2020’s much-lauded The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams is a gutting but “warmly nostalgic” (American Songwriter) masterpiece – proof of Karen’sability to weave creative depth into everyday stories.

Covered by everyone from Rolling Stone Germany to Country Music People UK to American Songwriter, Karen’s investment in artistic excellence continues to pay off with her new release, Summer Songs.

Summer Songs is a collection of three KJ-penned songs and a show-stopping update of Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer. Thunder on the Battery paints a picture of a fierce thunderstorm with swooping pedal steel and bluesy guitar, while Summer’s Hard for Love sounds like sipping a glass of bourbon and watching the fireflies with gentle cross-stick and lush harmonies. Summer Moon is a sweet acoustic love song, tracked live-in-the-studio. Karen reflects on how writing hervastly personal autobiographical collection of poems, Gumballs, allowed her to find a more vulnerable place to embrace these gems from her old songwriting notebooks.

“I began to hearflashes of these songs as I was writing my poetry collection, songs I started writing years ago. I reconnected with them and spent a lot of time reprocessing and editing. I was able to update them to my current songwriting sensibilities while maintaining the sweet vulnerability of the inspiration for these summer-themed tunes.”

With support from…

Paul Handyside

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer-songwriter. His songwriting style has been compared to artists as varied as Chris Difford, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley and Martin Carthy.

He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The “jangle-pop” band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson.

“A stunning show of alt. country with sci-fi leaning, at times there’s images of both Johnny Cash and Radiohead partying at a folk festival – on the other hand they celebrate the ilk of Neil Diamond and Ry Cooder. Superb”Manchester Music

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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