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Dan Wilson and company all set for Above the Beaten Track

Dan Wilson is among the acts set to perform at this Saturday's Above the Beaten Track Festival (5 September 12pm-10pm)

With press plaudits aplenty - his set is certainly one to keep an eye out for.

Wilson makes Waits sound like Tiny Tim” -The Guardian

A British Johnny Cash” - Dave Sardy, Producer (Oasis, Primal Scream)

An amalgamation of blues, soul, garage, free jazz and psychedelia” - Artrocker

the low, menacing way in which he chooses to grumble and roar is so obviously reminiscent of Waits/Don Van Vliet” - Paul Lester, Amazing Radio

Returning for its eighth year, Above the Beaten Track celebrates the best in grass-roots live music, DJs, artists, traders, makers and audio-visual extravaganzas.

This year will also see the debut performance from The Blue Soul. These beat modernists are the new project of songwriter Nick Ellis: soulful and bluesy – with a Scouse filter – delivered with Nick’s trademark vocal and backed by some of the city’s finest players.

Acoustic sets from the region’s finest will feature throughout the day from acts such as Paul Dunbar, Paul Wilkes, Iain Till, Moguls and Chris Woolf. Whilst taking it up a notch will be the likes of Spectral Chorus, Seafoam Green and Xander and the Peace Pirates.

The festival re-located to the Bluecoat in 2010 to cope with growing demand. Originally conceived to celebrate the range of diverse songwriters in the city, it has since expanded to reflect the wider range of musicians, DJs, artists and makers of Liverpool to provide a fully immersive cultural experience. Bringing the Bluecoat’s historic building alive, each room will house different aspects of the underground cultural scene, including two stages of live music, poetry, participatory events and live art.

“A fine day out celebrating Liverpool’s emerging artists” – Getintothis

Underpinned by a strong philosophy of inclusion Above The Beaten Track prides itself on being a festival for Liverpool, celebrating its original and emerging talent, with live acts booked by Liverpool Acoustic, Mellowtone and many more.

2015 Line-Up
The Blue Soul (Nick Ellis)
These beat modernists are the new project of songwriter Nick Ellis: soulful and bluesy – with a Scouse filter – delivered with Nick’s trademark vocal and backed by some of the city’s finest players.

Paul Dunbar
Paul Dunbar – lead singer of the Midnight Ramble – presents his solo tales with a powerful vocal and bluesy delivery.

Chris Elliot
Signed to the iconic Viper Label, Chirs Elliot brings a silce of rootsy country and Americana.

Cabin in the Woods
Predominantly instrumental, crafted, impressive guitar work and immersive sounds.

Caroline England
With music that is highly influenced by her environment – she resides on the Liverpool coastline – singer songwriter Caroline England recently earned the title ‘One To Watch’ as chosen by the BBC.

Paul Wilkes
Singer-songwriter and composer, renowned for his well crafted, full-bodied, self-produced ballads and tales. Paul’s recent EP ‘River Running With Me’ has receieved great local success from BBC6 Music.

Kindest of Thieves
A one man rag band. Simple hooklines and dirty electric guitar, this is scuzzed-up blues that you will find impossible not to foot-tap along to.

Anthony Cunningham
Young singer-songwriter who is fast becoming a regular on the open mic circuit. Drawn from real-life happenings, Anthony is dedicated to writing honest lyrics through a smooth, easy-listening vocal.

David James Robertson
Musician and troubador, David James Robertson is a poet, a melodist and artist.

Richie Syrett
Melodic Americana and Country-inspired vocal slurs will make you think cowboys, convertibles and sun-setting on the Arizona highways.

Toby Parker
One-man band aka ‘Parker & The Suitcase’. Pedal-smacking, foot-stomping goodness – a fixture on the City’s busking scene.

Xander and the Peace Pirates
Expert musicianship that combines blues, soul and rock at it’s finest. Discovered by Gibson and catching the attention of super music producer Eddie Kramer.

Spectral Chorus
Signed to Skeleton Key Records, Spectral Chorus bring a slice of trippy Americana. Team this with hazy guitars and echoey vocals for a deep, dark and haunting sound.

Richard Batty
Switching from keys to acoustic guitar, Richard delivers powerful vocals and heart-felt lyrics.

Iain Till
Authentic, acoustic guitar-delivered folk and country music with great emphasis on simplicity and intimacy. Storytelling at it’s best, Till sings of love, loss and politics.

Layered vocals and blues riffs across guitar and piano, Moguls play a stripped back set in the Sandon Room.

Chris Woolf
A well-crafted songwriter, who’s finger-picking musical style has a timeless quality, with soft yet enchanting vocals.

An authentic and rootsy delivery, modestly great with insightful and fluent lyrics – a voice you’ll never tire of listening to.

Science of the Lamps
Folk, dream pop, electronica and blues influences combine to create a haunting, layrered and melodic sound.

Seafoam Green
Whiskey-soaked, dusty road Americana delivered with big vocals from Dave O Grady, and underpinned with blues riffs and psychedlia.

Saturday 5 September
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