Every Wednesday – Magnet Open Mic, in association with Mellowtone.
With a different host each week, and featured slots from local acts and touring musicians, join us upstairs at the Magnet for the weekly open mic sessions. Expect songwriters and live music a-plenty, segued by laid back and eclectic selections from resident DJs, The Medicine Men.
Come and hang out, or come and play a song. Free Entry … and a free drink for every performer. We start at 8pm.
We’ve had guests with everything from guitars, ukuleles and banjos, pianos and keys, clarinets, a sax, a trombone, djembes, strange drums, beats and samples, the odd poem, wonderful hosts, guests and touring acts, DJs… and even a hurdy gurdy. Not forgetting all the songs and voices who have graced the iconic Magnet bar.
Bring your own instrument, bring your good vibes, original songs only (or the occasional interesting cover).
And don’t forget to check out some of our host’s on our Spotify Playlist:
Photo by Danny Ryder.
Seafoam Green. After years of solo tours, bad record deals and the odd single means Dave O’Grady spent the last 15 years practicing his craft as an apprentice songwriter, now comes the time for his first offering of songs. The Psych/Folk outfit fronted by the Dublin born songwriter and produced by Rich Robinson was a result of a chance meeting during studio recordings in Nashville, 2011, and followed by a couple US and European tours, Dave and Rich began writing in California. The pair penned a number of songs together in the hills of Topanga, which naturally came to be the debut Seafoam Green album.
After being well received and playing a few small venues such as the Sidewalk Café, Pete’s Candy Store and Under St. Marks, CW did return to London and spent time with his family and friends whilst playing more shows all around the city, including The Kensington Roof Gardens, Wiltons Music Hall in Hackney and The Amersham Arms in South London. He remained determined to perfect his vocals and songs before putting anything down on tape and avoided many offers and publishing deals from a number of labels before a chance meeting with Adam M Hartfree in Liverpool lead to him picking up a guitar and playing in an Irish Pub called Pogue Mahones and eventually getting signed to Sounds Good Records.
‘A beautiful, authentic performance that never sounds like it’s trying too hard, yet carries absolute conviction.’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Official Website: lunaliverpool.co.uk/
Singer, songwriter and producer LUNA is quickly becoming one of the most enthralling up-and-coming acts in the UK electro-pop scene. Influenced by the likes of Kate Bush and Banks, her unique vocal style and dark, glitchy production has earned her position as one of LIMF Academy’s Top 20 Artists for 2016/17. With national radio-play, sessions with established YouTube channels and festival slots at the likes of Sound City, she looks set to become one of UK music’s fastest-rising stars.
Cousin Jac is the project of Cornish born singer songwriter Jez Wing. The Echo & The Bunnymen keyboard player and previous BBC Young Folk Award winner draws from his folk roots and pop songwriting to produce the debut single ‘PASSING PLACE’ – out in early 2014.
Alan O’Hare (Only Child)
The second Only Child album, ‘The Whale Found Its Way To The Shore’, was released on CD and via iTunes on May 6th 2016. “9/10” – Liverpool Sound & Vision
“Only Child tell stories that ask questions, pose problems and attack the establishment bullshit… ” – The Thin Air, April 2016.
It’s been a good year for Garstang born, Liverpool based, Alex. Having just graduated from LIPA where he played for Sir Paul McCartney and Billy Ocean as well as supporting a wealth of artists including Willy Mason, Willis Earl Beal and Emmy the Great, 2013 certainly seems like the start of something good for this pop/folk, singer/songwriter.
SheBeat is a singer songwriter from Liverpool. Expect tales of romantic misadventure and perfect portions of hum-a-longacoustic folk pop. 60s influences mix with modern day troubadours PJ Harvey and Norah Jones.
MAMATUNG A raw, bounding journey of grace, a quest from the deepest canyons of the Earth to the furthest galaxy, a set entwined with spirited melodies, chants and serendipitous harmonies.
Liverpool-born, Paul Dunbar is a singer-songwriter who plays live across the UK and Europe and has supported the likes of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Big Country, James Taylor Quartet & Frank Turner.
Described as having a signature vocal with influences of the likes of Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen and Otis Redding, Dunbar’s sound has a rock and soul background with dashes of folk and country.
Paul Straws presents his new recordings, awash with mandolins, ukulele, glorious harmonies and gorgeous cello, and tells tales of love, loss and betrayal. Once lauded for his ‘great songwriting’ by Tom Robinson, Paul has set out on his new project to much acclaim from early reviews and fantastic radio play from Dave Monks at BBC Introducing, in addition to appearing on Qatar and Canadian radio stations! Currently embarking on his first raft of gigs with his band of wonderful misfits, he is also building a web presence with several low fi videos which can be found at www.paulstraws.com.
Blending these diverse musical influences cohesively, Liverpool artist Ben Hughes’s music is like nothing you’ve heard before. It is the culmination of the acoustic guitar, merged with the hallmark elements of structurally familiar pop music and electronic dance – but with Ben’s understanding of his instrument at the forefront.
The seamless union of haunting melodies, acoustic songwriting and electronica combine perfectly with intriguing results in key original tracks ‘Wake With You’ and ‘Falling Again’. ‘Let Myself’ shows a softer side lyrically though set within a distorted backdrop while ‘Bright Lights’ firmly nods to the influence soundscapes have had upon Ben’s musical development.
Rachael Jean Harris
Rachael is a songwriter and vocalist. She is interested in how the presence of human dignity holds out in the midst of conflict, chaos and confinement.
Still recuperating from his days in Tramp Attack,Matt Barton is now cared for by various musicians. Originals, Tramp songs and select covers! Book him now!
Those Fantastic Things
Why is pop such a dirty word? Those Fantastic Things prove it’s not, with a set of unbridled, high energy guitar pop songs that rarely exceed two and a half minutes.