A Music Lovers Guide to January in Liverpool: These gigs are too good to miss!
By Alex Dop
Are you all Christmas and New Year’ed out? Or, have you gone back to work and started counting down the days to your next holiday? Either way, we have an array of gigs for you music lover’s to help cure that festive hangover and start 2017 with a big music bang!
Tommy Emmanuel – Monday 9th January @ The Epstein
We start off with one for the guitarists. Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian master of 6, and sometimes 12, strings. All 10 of his fingers seem to have minds of their own, and when they’re not doing over time, his sharp sense of humour will keep you more than engaged, blending his musicianship and talent with charisma and showmanship.
The History of the Cavern – Wednesday 15th January @ The Philharmonic Hall
The Cavern Club opened its doors on 16 January 1957 and this special show celebrates the 60th anniversary of ‘The Most Famous Club In The World’. This specially commissioned show is presented by The Overtures, the UK’s premiere 60s band and no strangers to Liverpool Philharmonic. They will be accompanied by an array of special guests to honour the iconic venue. BBC Radio Merseyside, in aid of BBC Children in Need and Radio City, in aid of Cash for Kids are partners for the night with all profits going towards to charities mentioned.
Fiesta Bombarda Cathedral Carnival – 27th + 28th January @ The Anglican Cathedral
Fiesta Bombarda has become one of Liverpool’s biggest, and best, live music exports of late, touring the carnival style concert all over the UK. 2017 is kicked off with one of their biggest events to date, not only being spreading the madness over two days at the magnificent Anglican Cathedral, but with a line-up that features cult stars such as Beardyman, Romare and Renegade Brass Band.
Fiesta Bombarda After Party – 28th January @ The Magnet
I might be cheating a little bit here, but as I said before, this is the biggest Fiesta Bombarda yet, and the fun does not stop at the Cathedral gates. Once day two’s festivities come to an end, head over to The Magnetr for a night at The Whiskey Jar for Nether-ending jazz, ferocious funk and Dutch soul with the urban brass pioneers – Broken Brass Ensemble.
The Tea Street Band – 28th January @ Zanzibar
These guys made some serious waves in Merseyside during 2016, and they look set to do so even more this year. Therefore, do not pass up this easily accessible opportunity to catch them at Independent Venue Week, in a setting close enough to touch. Something tells me that the chances to see these guys in this way will become fewer and fewer.
Music For The Mind and Soul – 28th January @ The Capstone Theatre
This takes the January detox to a whole new level. In the first of the special Jugalbandi series, Prabhat Rao, of the Patiala Gharana, takes to the stage alongside an ensemble of talented musicians. The first half features a beautiful set of North Indian classical ragas delivered in the Khyal style of singing. The second half brings to life the Jugalbandi theme with a unique combination of instruments for a thematic presentation, ‘Colours of Krishna’, which takes listeners on a journey through a variety of works taken from all over India with different interpretations of Krishna. All of this just in time to ease your guilt for not sticking to your 2017 resolution.
Donny Osmond – 29th January @ Echo Arena
Come on we all secretly love a bit of Donny, don’t we? OK so maybe it’s a decent post Christmas gift for our Nans? Either way you can’t deny this bloke is a star! The legendary singer, performer and actor has announced exciting plans for his first solo concert tour of the UK in four years while celebrating 50 years in show business. The Soundtrack Of My Life UK Tour will feature an intimate look at Donny’s most memorable moments in entertainment, including his chart topping solo hits. I know that this may be slightly on the cheesy side, but who doesn’t love a bit cheese to brighten up their January?
Fairport Convention – 29th January @ The Blade Factory/ Camp & Furnace
Another artist celebrates 50 years in the industry; enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. They mark their fiftieth year in this incredibly intimate live setting, making this a historic show not to be missed.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years – 31st January @ The Philharmonic Hall
The band you know. The story you don’t. Our wonderful Phil gives us chance to catch director Ron Howard’s insightful documentary once again. I know that this isn’t strictly a gig, but when film and music in combine like this, it transcends being just cinema or a concert, it becomes an event. This critically acclaimed documentary entertains as much as it educates, a must see for any musician…or scouser.
Last year we were at the premier for the movie and spoke to Peter Hooton of The Farm who also heads up the Beatles Legacy Group.
So still lots to do in January and keep it here as 2017 is looking BIG in terms of great music talent playing our bars, theatres, venues & arenas. Keep up to date on twitter @The GuideLpool and check out lots more music news in our music section here. www.theguideliverpool.com/category/culture/music/