Saturday, 19th of November 2011, 7.30 - 9.45pm

Charity fundraiser EAST AFRICA and SMLLCA


Compered by/ MC / ROGER PHILLIPS

Evening accompanied by abstract art exhibition: “Capturing Threads of Light” by Nicole Bartos

Image courtesy of Nicole Bartos,

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Music ranging from soothing Celtic harp sound, experimental and improvised music, baritone and soprano voices, Celtic folk and “flamenco tinged finger picking guitar”, Eastern folk flavoured modern rhythms, flowing and peaceful sounds to “bashing bristling blues and folk riffs together with raw”, “gentle but powerful voices from singer songwriters”.
Join us for an evening of great live music and art, and an opportunity to raise money to support local communities like SMLLCA and save lives in East Africa by providing water, food and sanitation facilities.

Starring musicians, singers and artists:
Tayo Aluko (baritone), Stan Ambrose (celtic harp), Bisakha Sarker (Indian storytelling/choreography), Jo Bywater (guitar, voice), Paul McDowell (guitar, voice, mandolin), Oritsema Ejuoneatse (soprano),
Graculus (Phil Hargreaves (flute, soprano sax), Richard Harding (guitar)), Ade Jackson (guitar, voice), Martin Robinson (piano/ keyboard), Skirmish (harmonica, guitar) & Nicole Bartos (art).

(St Michael’s and Lark Lane Community Association)

Evening programme:
• Art viewing from 6.30-7.30pm/ Silent bidding Auction.
• Raffle tickets available at the door from 7pm
• Acoustic programme PART 1 starts 7.30pm.
• Break Interval 8.45-9.05pm. Bar open. Music mini stall open.
• Art Auction with silent bidding 8.45pm-9.05pm (during Break interval)
• Acoustic programme PART 2 starts 9.05pm.
• Raffle prize winners to be announced at 9.50-10.00pm. (Wonderful prizes to look out for.)
• Last chance for art auction bidding and exhibition viewing 10pm
• Evening closes with thanks, supporters list, etc. 10pm

Event Venue:
Main Hall, The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane, Liverpool, L17 8UU

! Entrance through Sefton Grove (last entry at the rear)
Please note updates: ! Doors open at 6.30pm. Acoustic Music Event starting at 7.30pm. Ends at: 10pm
Tickets: £7.00 (concessions £3.00)

Tickets sold via:
SMLLCA, at The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane,
L17 8UU (www.larklane.com/smllca);
tel. 0151 728 7884; Monday-Friday 11am-6pm &
News from Nowhere Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, L1 4HY;
tel. 01517087270;

Or, tickets sold at the door before performance.
Number of seats limited, therefore please, book in advance or, 'first come, first served' applies.
Other enquiries:
tel. 07756912911


Many thanks to all contributors: musicians, SMLLCA, Roger Phillips & BBC Merseyside, News from Nowhere Bookshop

All funds from this concert and 50% from all art sales go to charity.

Thank you for your support and understanding.


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Profiles - musicians, singers and artists


Tayo Aluko

“Tayo was born in Nigeria, and now lives in Liverpool. He worked until 2009 as an architect and property developer, with a special but as yet frustrated interest in eco-friendly construction. As a baritone, he has sung as soloist in British concert halls accompanied by orchestra, and has also sung in Germany, Ireland and Nigeria. He has performed lead roles in such operas and musicals as Nabucco, Kiss Me Kate and Anything Goes. CALL MR ROBESON won the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and Best Male Performer Award at the 2008 Brighton Festival Fringe, and two Merit Awards for Excellence in London in 2010, and as recently as January 2011 was chosen by Michael Billington, Theatre Reviewer for The Guardian as his top Critics Pick. Tayo has tours the play around the UK, the United States of America, Canada and Nigeria, and on his 50th birthday (12 February 2012) he will be performing it at New York’s Carnegie Hall! His other piece titled FROM BLACK AFRICA TO THE WHITE HOUSE: a talk about Black Political Resistance, illustrated with Spirituals has also been performed on three continents. He researched, wrote and narrated to camera a piece on West African History before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which forms part of the permanent exhibit at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum.”

Ade Jackson

Poet, musician and spoken-word artist Ade Jackson tells noir-ish stories against a backdrop of Celtic folk and flamenco-tinged finger-picking guitar.
Ade is also resident musician at the Bluecoat’s monthly Poetry Café. The first of a trio of EPs, Songs from the Burning Hotel is released this autumn. His poetry collection, latenight sistersongs, is available from Headland Publications.
“ One of the great Liverpool voices… an unrelenting beat aesthetic and an ever weather eye from the back streets… a bit of Cave, a bit of Cash, a soupcon of Cohen, and a whole lot of Catherine Street…” Jonathan Raisin, Lost Voices

Jo Bywater

Independent songwriter/artist charged with passion, creativity and integrity. Acoustic, alternative, dynamic and blues-based. Lyrical poetry and direct honesty. Vocally raw, gentle and powerful. Debut album CYCLE GRACE PULSE BREAK released Dec 2010.
'Honest, gritty, tell-it-all sound that evokes the spirit of any number of blues guitarists such as Kelly Joe Phelps or P.J. Harvey's now occasional musical roar and singer songwriters such as the innovative touches reminiscent of early Ani DiFranco..' - Nerve
'Lyrical witticism and emotional range of voice, combined with some slick strum ‘n’ bass guitar bashing – bristling blues and folk riffs that suddenly withdraw, weaving raw honesty with a flirtatious, dark twang' - Seven Streets

Stan Ambrose

Stan Ambrose shares presentation of BBC Radio Merseyside's weekly folk programme, Folkscene (Tuesday and Thursday 2100).
Stan was born in Barking, Essex in 1930 and attended the same primary school as singer-songwriter Billy Bragg:
" Growing up, we moved to different places in search of jobs; the east side of London to the west side. I didn't have a solid education in that sense. Eventually we moved to Cambridge to escape the bombing during the war."
Stan's career took some interesting turns during the early part of his life:
" I worked in a finance department for the National Health Service, filling out forms. I didn't like it so I got into politics and became a local councillor while in my 20s. The older people didn't like me being there, they saw me as an apprentice."
Nevertheless, Stan decided that he needed a better education:
" No-one in my family or extended family had gone to University at that time. I had never thought of myself as a University student, so I went and got a certificate in Social Studies in Southampton. Then I went to Liverpool to study psychology and psychiatry. This was around 1961/1962."
In Liverpool, Stan began to indulge his passion for folk music:
" I had been part of a skiffle group growing up and used to knock out tunes on the piano. I had a collection of records and used to make programmes of music from them. We started a club in Southport called The Bothy. We ended up with a club full of people. It was an amazing time."
Stan's involvement with the folk circuit allowed him to meet Geoff Speed:
" I met Geoff Speed in the 1960s when he ran a folk club in Widnes. He had Paul Simon at his club. Geoff has a piece of paper with what everybody was paid. Paul Simon was paid £15 and we were paid £17!"
Stan, who has sung and played the whistle in a local band for many years, also plays the Celtic harp. He has performed with music collective 'Super Numeri' and has appeared at London's Jazz Café and at a Belgian pop festival.
" I thought I might have problems filling the show for a month" he says, "but here I am over 40 years on." He and Geoff take turns to present the show and hardly ever tread on each other's toes:
" We don't tell each other what we're doing and somehow it just works. We each have our own style of programme."
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/09/11 10:21:15 GMT © BBC 2011

Oritsema Ejuoneatse

Oritsema began taking singing lessons at age 12 after hearing the Phantom of the Opera for the first time. She has sung as a soloist in choral productions such as Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai and Orff's Carmina Burana with the Liverpool Blue Coat School. Whilst studying at Oxford she was a choral scholar at Brasenose College, where she performed for Her Majesty the Queen and also toured Italy, where she sang in most of Rome's major basilicas. Oritsema is also a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, where she has worked with conductors such as James MacMillan and Vasiliy Petrenko, and she also sings as a principle with local operatic society Una Voce. Oritsema's next appearance will be at the George Harrison memorial concert in St George's Hall on 29th November.


A duet of 2 lovely local musicians playing their harmonica and acoustic guitar compositions which are inspired with flavours/ elements from Eastern folk thesaurus such Turkey.

Bisakha Sarker

Bisakha Sarker is a leading practitioner of Indian creative dance. She has worked as a performer, choreographer, researcher, educationalist, critic, writer and video maker.
Bisakha was born in India. She received her masters degree in Statistics from the University of Calcutta. After coming to the UK she adopted Liverpool as her home.
She works all over the country in a wide range of situations. Her innovative work, much of it with disabled people, has challenged traditional cultural boundaries. Her rich spiritual creativity inspires others to translate their experiences and emotions into the shapes and rhythms of dance.
Bisakha hands over the ownership of the dance to all those with whom she works, empowering them in a unique way. Both her performance and participatory work is informed by eastern spirituality.
Bisakha Sarker is currently the director of Chaturangan, an agency based in Liverpool working to raise the profile of South Asian dance, culture and spirituality both locally and nationally.

Phil Hargreaves / Graculus
tenor sax/soprano sax/flute


Phil Hargreaves is a Liverpool-based instrumentalist and composer working in the field of improvised and experimental music.

“I began playing as a guitarist in a punk band in the West Midlands, where i grew up, before moving to Liverpool at the age of twenty and buying a tenor sax, both decisions that would radically shape the rest of my life. Initially i was involved in Liverpool's pop scene, recording John Peel sessions with Personal Column, but eventually i moved via streetband work into the jazz field.
After stints playing fusion and dinner jazz, i finally found the area where i could fully combine my talents, interests and influences, in improvised music, an area first stimulated by work with Peshkar theatre, and my subsequent study of Indian music with Aziz Zeria in Manchester.
I played with guitarist Phil Morton in the duo Bonehouse, and also helped establish the Frakture club in Liverpool, a club space for improvised and experimental music. Highlights of bonehouse's playing career included playing w/Derek Bailey and Lol Coxhill. Arising out of the Frakture work, the Frakture Big Band was a loose grouping of improvising musicians based in and around Liverpool, mostly playing phil hargreaves compositions - their collaboration with Simon H Fell was one of the highlights of the 1999 Frakture Festival.
In 2001 i premiered the Dislocation Sermons, a major work in collaboration with poet Dinesh Allirajah, and performed by an augmented version of the Frakture Big Band. That year also saw the release of trees, a first CD release from amere3, a trio of phil, simon fell on bass and rob dainton on drums.
2002 saw the premier of the chaos concerto, for large improvising group and creative soloist, featuring Evan Parker and the Frakture Big Band, and also the release of a double CD of 'postal duets' with North Carolina guitarist Bret Hart.
In 2003, due to mental health problems I stopped playing saxophone, but eventually finished two ongoing projects, duets albums with Caroline Kraabel and Lee Noyes. Since then i have finished a further postal duet with Glenn Weyant, playing cello and singing.
In the summer of 2007 I took up the saxophone again, and recorded 'musick for two machines' with Barry Chabala.
2009 saw the release of 'Imperfect Silence', a compilation CD of contributions to the 'cadavre esquis' website that i curate; 2010 will see the release of 'Human', with Maggie Nicols, 'Graculus', a duo CD with guitarist Richard Harding, and a second amere3 CD.”

Richard Harding / Graculus

Richard Harding, musical director and composer for the Liverpool and Guitar society. Plays in a duet with Phil Hargreaves, as Graculus.

Martin Robinson

Tenor Saxophone/ piano/ flute player
Plays sax with the local Mammadou Super Libidor Band, specialising in African music. Has a background in Jazz music. (“Hailing from Senegal in West Africa, via Liverpool, Mamadou leads his band through an uplifting, danceable mix of Senegalese Mbalax traditional music and jazz, Soukous (African rumba), rock and Afro-beat,” infusing warmth and gently coruscating rhythms). For this evening Martin will accompany on keyboard Tayo Aluko and Oritsema Ejuoneatse.

Paul McDowell

Carved out of cotton wool clouds, Paul McDowell makes music for the minorities, the outsiders, the outcasts and the losers, the dreamers. Sounding like a glistening horizon of sunrise morning butterflies flowing in a meadow of endless possibilities through space and non-time, to peace.

Nicole Bartos

Visual artist and Curator/ Gallery4allarts/ www.gallery4allarts.com
Through art, Nicole is fascinated by the metaphysical and spiritual philosophy and by discovering the extra-sensorial world; feeling the invisible; painting the feeling; meditating while painting and painting while meditating a circle of energies. She loves prayer of the heart and aims to link art to this side, of immaterial things, hoping to achieve a valuable, beneficial and healing universal pulse/vibration through art; a progression of steps on the spiritual ladder.

“Capturing Threads of Light”, has become a new experience in the way of working and welcoming the ‘light’, through art to soul, inspiring many abstract painting exhibitions and audiences. The exhibitions of this cycle are accompanied by abstract piano compositions.
Since an early age, Nicole Bartos has experienced art in many different forms with great dedication and a thirst for discovery and experiment. Her best artistic achievements are in the field of mixed media and experimental art (“Structures and Geometries” - experimental research), site specific installation, abstract painting, experimental drawing, photography and ceramics sculpture. Graduated and post-graduated from the “I. A.”Academy of Visual Arts, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Was awarded a National Graduates’ Award for Ceramics, by the Romanian National Fine Artists’ Union, to which she was accepted as a member immediately after her degree in ceramics and glass, in 1997.
Nicole has established and runs Gallery4allarts, which apart its online presence was also settled in The Old Police Station for 3 years. She has curated numerous exhibitions and art projects to date collaborating with many prestigious local and international artists, from a wide range of artistic backgrounds such as, Peter Frúcht, Marina Moreno, Terry Sullivan, Derek Culley, Michael Meldru, Lei Liang, Nagachoo, Fanchon Fröhlich and many others.
She also writes poetry and occasionally, critical reviews on visual arts and theatre, teaches experimental and abstract painting techniques for relaxation and therapy, practices Qi Gong/ Thai Qi and since 2007 occasionally fundraises for charitable causes.
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