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 – Hazjack
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – Max & Veronica

Max & Veronica

Those Fredheads who were with us last June will already know just how great our returning headliners, Max and Veronia, really are.

Last year they gave us one of the best Grateful Fred Nights we’ve ever had. And we’ve had some wonderful nights!

“Good time blues is alive and well and residing in… Milan, Italy. A band with a mission” – Folk & Roots Magazine

Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s. They like to keep this precious musical heritage alive faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist.

Using strictly acoustic instruments such ukulele, washboard, kazoo, resophonic guitars and doublebass their passion for this music is perfectly represented on their last CD “Old Stories for Modern Times”, that also sees contributions by other leading musicians and friends, Sugar Blue (a legendary harmonica player in the past with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon and Frank Zappa) and the world master of resophonic guitar, Bob Brozman.

The album is an overview of the American popular music from the early years of the last century with the Red Wine Serenaders reinterpreting great songs by artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, Delmore Brothers in their own unique style.

Veronica & Max regularly perform in the USA, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Norway, Spain, England, Italy and Poland.

Veronica is also the first Italian artist ever invited to the Mustique Blues Festival (2012 and 2013), in the Caribbean.



Hazjak are Yorkshire duo Steve Chapman Smith and Lynne O’Malley, both well-known and respected musicians on the Northern acoustic scene.

Together they play an eclectic style of Roots, Americana and Folk music.

Steve – vocals, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, bass and mandolin. Lynne – vocals, piano, tenor guitar, banjo, percussion, whistle and harmonica, and of course Hazjak’s trademark harmonies.

Hazjak released their debut album “Listerville” in December 2020 to great critical acclaim, including a 4-star review in R and R magazine.

“Uplifting evening of most enjoyable music by Hazjak… Brilliant entertainment and great fun as always… You really take the listener with you” Topic Folk Club, Dec 2021

“A highly talented duo… Excellent songs, superb musicianship and harmonies in abundance” Tykes Stirrings, Spring 2021

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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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