Midnight Skyracer
Socially distanced performance

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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 – Mark Pountney
8.40pm – Interval
9.00pm – Midnight Skyracer


Midnight Skyracer

I’m sure that “Fredheads” will remember when we were still based at The Freshfield Pub all those many years ago when we had a briliant night with “The Carrivick Sisters”, Laura and Charlotte. Well, I’m delighted to say the we are welcoming Laura and Charlotte back to Grateful Fred’s but this time as members of the brilliant “Midnight Skyracer”.

Midnight Skyracer have come a long way in a very short time. Since forming in 2017, the Anglo-Irish all-female quintet have become festival sensations across the UK, Europe and Australasia, toured regularly at home and released a critically-lauded debut album. They also carry the distinction of being the first British act nominated for an award by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Their all star lineup boasts Leanne Thorose, with her powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin; the virtuoso banjo playing and delicate vocals of Tabitha Benedict; Eleanor Wilkie and her rock solid bass grooves; the versatile Laura Carrivick, equally adept on both fiddle and dobro; and the lightning guitar playing of Charlotte Carrivick. Not only are they all masters of their respective instruments, but the vocal harmonies shared between the five women are second to none.

Following the release of Fire in February 2018, the band are set to release a follow up album this Summer on Island Records. Shadows On the Moon, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire, is a scintillating mix of hard-driven bluegrass and mountain balladry, both edgy and infectious, tender and tough.

“This is a band and this is an album that can go toe to toe with anything on offer from bluegrass’s spiritual home on the other side of the Atlantic.”**** RnR Magazine

“A conflagration of a debut bluegrass album: hot stuff” **** Songlines

“…probably the best bluegrass I have heard from a non-American band.”fRoots


Support Artist

Mark Pountney

We are delighted to welcome back Mark Pountney to Grateful Fred’s.

Mark Pountney is a singer-songwriter from Liverpool, over the years Mark has honed his songwriting craft; seamlessly blending the Mersey vernacular with American roots and rock music. His songbook consists of over two hundred songs. As a performer, Mark has captivated audiences across the globe with his strong presence, unique voice, powerful melodies and intriguing lyrics. He has steadily become stalwart of the underground Liverpool music scene, garnering the endorsement of music lovers and fellow musicians alike.


Opening and hosting will be…

The Silver Freds

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