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 – Paul Dunbar
8.00pm – Emma Rose
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez

A founding member of the band Elephant Revival, Daniel wrote and sang some of their most well-known songs, such as “Birds and Stars” and “Sing to the Mountain”, to name only a couple. They disbanded in 2018 after playing their sold-out last show at the legendary Red Rocks Auditorium.

Creativity became a therapeutic balm in the wake of the breakup and he released his debut collection of songs, an EP entitled “Your Heart, The Stars, The Milky Way”, on February 15, 2019. His debut full-length album, “Sojourn of a Burning Sun”, was released on August 28th, 2020 on BMG Records.

“Daniel cements himself as a solo performer with forthcoming album “Sojourn of a Burning Sun.”Rolling Stone

He and his talented band opened for The Lumineers on their BRIGHTSIDE World Tour in July and August of 2022, playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums across North America, with a special homecoming show in front of 40,000 fans in Denver, Colorado.

He has also performed with friends and heroes such as Gregory Alan Isakov, Ben Harper, John Craigie, Todd Snider and many more.

The Lumineers recorded and released one of Daniel’s songs after adding the words “Merry Christmas” to the chorus, turning it into an instant dark-humored Christmas classic. “This is Life (Merry Christmas) feat. Daniel Rodriguez” was released in December of 2021.

He released his second full-length album, “Vast Nothing”, on 3/1/23.

Supporting Daniel will be:

Emma Rose

You might say Emma Rose was conceived on music. Her parents are prolific folk musicians who met, fell in love, had two babies and a band. Innately, Emma took up an instrument as early as seven years old — the violin, Suzuki method. Emma’s roots go deep within bluegrass and folk music, but she remembers sounds of Stevie Wonder playing in the car and genres of all kinds flowing in and out of her ears as a child. Emma sang before she could talk, clapped before she could walk. She was destined to be a musician.

Emma has found no shortage of musical opportunities. Aside from recording her upcoming album, she started playing upright bass with Daniel Rodriguez (also of the former Elephant Revival), joined Whippoorwill and started Big Richard, a four-piece bluegrass band with Bonnie Sims, Eve Panning and Joy Adams. Big Richards is gaining enough momentum that Rose anticipates the band will be on tour for much of 2022 and 2023.

With all that action, she says she’s trying to focus on the present moment rather than dwell on the future. Thinking ahead too much “takes me away from my creativity,” she explains. “Writing songs comes from what we have inside of ourselves, and you can’t really tap into that well if you’re just passing through and trying to get a little sip of water, especially if the well is low, or if it’s dry.”

“I think it takes a lot of presence and stability to fill that well as much as it takes having experiences in life and travelling and moving really fast,” she adds. “I think it’s important to take that time to really be present and process stuff in a poetic way.”

Emma will also be playing later in the show with the Daniel Rodriguez band.

Opening the show will be:

Paul Dunbar

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Paul back to perform at Grateful Fred’s once again.

Paul has performed on a number of occasions in the earlier days of Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson, both as a solo musician and with his excellent band, The Black Winter Band.

Liverpool-born Paul has one of the most powerful, soulful, signature voices with comparisons to the likes of Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, Otis Redding and Tom Waits.

Having toured the UK and Europe, he’s performed with the likes of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Big Country, Frank Turner, King King, James Taylor Quartet, CC Smugglers and has supported Jon Gomm.

Paul’s live shows showcase the range of his vocal, songwriting and performing talents and we are happy that we can welcome him back to Grateful Fred’s.

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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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