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On the first Wednesday of every month, Grateful Fred bring world class Americana, Roots and Acoustic music to The Atkinson. This month we welcome Whitherward with support from Tom Blackwell and Shadow Captain.

The Club Night
7:30pm – Shadow Captain
8:00pm – Tom Blackwell
8:40pm – Interval
9:00pm – Whitherward


Whitherward first played for us at the Grateful Fred House Concerts series last year. The evening was such a great success that we immediately asked if they would come back and play the main Grateful Fred Night here at The Atkinson.

Whitherward, are a Nashville based band founded in 2014, by Edward A. Williams and Ashley E. Norton who set a goal to leave Nashville and play music they love for people who love music. The name glowed in the confines of the Dictionary.com app and they knew it was theirs to set free.

Now a full-time, Nationally & Internationally storyteller touring band, Whitherward wanders the country and the world, exploring the sub-genres of folk, and never settling in one place.

Whitherward hit a milestone in 2018 when they received their sponsorship from Subaru Europe. They travelled across England, Scotland, Wales, Germany and The Netherlands for just under two months, performing in 20+ cities and releasing an episode of “Songs From A Subaru” in each one.

Whitherward records Americana/indie-folk music with a full band including violinist/mandolin player/vocalist, Stephanie Groot.

Come hear the stories behind the songs, the music, and experience the life on the road.


Support Act

Tom Blackwell

Now Liverpool based, Tom emerged from the folk clubs of South Manchester where he discovered the country, blues and gospel music that would become the foundations of his work.

Between 2010-2011 a succession of home-recorded demo collections garnered somewhat of a cult following in Manchester and North Wales. In 2012 the Viper Label of Liverpool (The Stairs, Edgar Jones) released a compilation of these songs under the T.G. Elias moniker which Blackwell formerly performed under. The record received support from BBC Radio 2 and 6 music.

After a tumultuous start to 2014, Blackwell found himself embarking upon a 3 month pilgrimage across America. Armed only with his guitar and the clothes on his back, he travelled thousands of miles over rail and Greyhound bus before ultimately reaching Nashville where a chance meeting with sound engineer Matt Wyman led to the recording of Tyrone The Gun. The album found critical acclaim and was one of Country Music People’s albums of the year in 2015.

A prolific writer with a visceral and dynamic performance style, Blackwell is currently working on an archival project to document the dozens of songs that had nearly been lost along the way. The ‘Memphis Tapes’ will be released across 2018 and 2019 with 10 volumes in total mooted to be in the pipeline.

“Wonderful, heartfelt music” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“A talent as big as the sky”Colin Hall Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine

Support Act

Shadow Captain

Shadow Captain is the brainchild of Liverpool singer-songwriter and musician Stuart Todd. The artist previously went under the name Three Minute Hero, which fused the classic three minute pop song by giving it a subversive lyrical twist. An award-winning promoter with Liverpool Acoustic, Stuart also plays bass for the group Only Child. The artist is currently in the studio recording some new material.


Your host for the evening will be Grateful Fred.

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