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 – Jenny Colquitt
8.40pm – Interval 
9.00pm – Sandy McLelland

Sandy McLelland

Throughout a long and respected music career, Scottish singer-songwriter, Sandy McLelland has contributed to the artistic achievements of numerous artists and projects all over the world.  Capable and comfortable across many, diverse, musical styles.

‘This music’ represents the culmination of a lifetimes’ work.

“It’s taken a long time to learn my craft, to find my real voice.  It’s taken even more time learning to stay strong in what’s important in my music.  I need it simple and emotional, a few chords, a real melody, some words which mean something to me, hopefully to others.”

Often full and vibrant, sometimes achingly bare and personal, the all-acoustic sound of Sandy McLelland unashamedly pays respect to the American country, blues, folk and soul music he absorbed in his early days in Glasgow.

“I’ve worked everywhere in my time.  All sorts.  Pop, rock, film music, symphony orchestras.  Lots of it was really rewarding and stimulating, but none of it left an imprint on me like the music I first heard when I was young.  It’s in my bones, intuitive, immediate.  Just feels natural and connected.  It’s what I am.  People keep asking why it’s taken so much time to give birth to this work.  Simple really, I think I just didn’t know enough till now.  Maybe I still don’t.”

Sandy McLelland Website.

Supporting Sandy Will Be…

Jenny Colquitt

Regular Fredheads will be delighted to welcome Jenny back to play for a second time at Grateful Fred’s.

Jenny Colquitt encompasses a unique combination of Americana, indie and folk-rock and pop. Winner of the GSMC Award for best female solo singer/songwriter 2021, Jenny’s music is described as fit for film and storytelling at its finest. A voice that uniquely combines the melodic undertones of artists such as Eva Cassidy and the rawness of Alanis Morissette. She writes with soul, lyrical vulnerability and style to accompany her musicality both through keys and guitar. Jenny is the lead singer/songwriter of Americana Rock band ELY, another emerging act on the British music scene.

Jenny made her debut track release in 2016 with her E.P. ‘The Quiet Kind’, describing through song the journey of becoming a young adult and all it entails, love, questioning and self-discovery. The EP kickstarted her career landing her tour dates with the likes of The Christians and folk power house band Merry Hell.

Her next release came in the middle of the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic following a sharp increase in her online following through live-streaming. She released ‘Dear Daughter’ in November of that year. She self-describes this E.P as a description of her journey finding a more strong willed, self confident individual with a lot to teach the younger generation. Her song ‘Tell Me Where The Light Is’ was chosen to be featured on folk magazine FATEA’s Showcase Sessions in Summer 2021, a body of the years most notable work. She also went on to win best female solo singer/songwriter in the Graham Steel Music Company Awards that year.

Jenny Colquitt’s Website.

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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