with: Northern Sky + Wes Dance
Sunday 21 February 2016
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£5 in advance £7 on the door
“Paul’s modern take on the ‘one man band’ uses live loops, guitar percussion, harmonies and effects. A diverse and challenging writer with a unique voice, his live performances range from whispering intensity to a white knuckle, edge of your seat, ear splittingly glorious racket”
Paul Liddell is a working musician/singer/songwriter/recording artist based in Sunderland in the North East of England. You can see the video for his single ‘The Ends Of The Earth’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFFl0H4I4ME
Paul is an experienced live performer with an unstoppable work ethic, clocking up on average 20 gigs a month both solo and with his band ‘Delphians’. Live, his unique voice and unpretentious delivery combine with the use of live sampling, guitar percussion and layered vocal harmonies to provide a great platform for his wonderful songs to shine.
As well as gigging extensively in the UK, Paul has also toured recently in America, Italy, and Germany. Paul’s last tour in Germany was so successful that he was immediately rebooked for a 12 date tour of small venues in April 2015.
Other live highlights include performing on the main stage at the Beverley Folk Festival, and a memorable show at the Piperine Free Festival in Milan. Other artists Paul has shared billing with include Billy Bragg, Turin Brakes, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Karine Polwart, Calvin Harris, Jon Gomm and Florence And The Machine.
2014 was a busy year, with the release of 3 singles and accompanying music videos, and 195 gigs in three countries. The first of the videos ‘The Ends Of The Earth’ was shot by acclaimed local photographer/director Ian West, and has already been viewed 14,000 times on youtube.
Other notable achievements include making it through to the final 10 of Q Magazine’s Glastonbury competition, being named as the hardest working, most gigging songwriter of 2009 by the PRS, and selling over 3500 albums and EPs solely at live performances.
Paul is currently unsigned and unrepresented, building a cottage industry into something more in a purely independent, DIY fashion.
Paul is a smooth and capable guitarist, and his low-key vocals tackle social injustice and media corruption with wry compassion. The vivid splashes of grungy electric riffage that punctuate this album add welcome force to this sharply etched portrait of life in modern Britain – GUITARIST MAGAZINE
An artist in the bloom of their creativity – FOLKING.COM
Lyrically, the songs come armed with a social and political conscience (bankers, the media, Catholicism, instant gratification culture,) as well as exploring self-doubt and the human condition….. capable of sharp observations and on the lovely Footprints with its ‘walking in circles footprint wheels’ line, unbridled romanticism. – NETRHYTHMS
Northern Sky are an acoustic duo playing melodic, acoustic originals with a wide variety of influences from Nick Drake to Sting. Having previously played together in bands since the age of 16, they now tour around the UK stripped down to acoustic guitar and vocals. Their recently recorded ‘Glide’ EP is available for free download from www.soundcloud.com/northernsky2016
Local songwriter, Wes Dance, has played the Marrs Bar on several occasions. Being his first gig here for over two years, Wes Dance will be bringing his songs with folk leanings of 70’s heroes such as Neil Young and Gram Parsons; whilst nodding lyrically to the the Beat writers of the 60’s.